USA vs Ghana – betting tips, match preview and prediction

World Cup BettingUSA will play Ghana in the second 1/8-final today in Rustenburg at 19:30 BST. The Americans surprisingly finished on top of group C to qualify for the knockout stage and will be playing the only African team left in the competition Ghana. We are expecting a very entertaining match tonight between two of the newcomers in the football, who has shown great abilities so far.

Match Preview

The US side managed to qualify only minutes away of elimination, but Landon Donovan’s late goal saved the Americans against Algeria. The over-time winner did not only win the game for USA, it also meant they won their group, which have opened up a much easier way through the knockout games than anticipated. According to Fifa rankings they are now theoretically the strongest team left in the top quarter of the World Cup draw. They are currently placed 14th on the Fifa rankings, which is higher than Ghana in 32nd place and their possible quarter-final opponents Uruguay and South Korea in 16th and 47th position. However they do have to play the games before making the semi-final and their opponent tonight is by no means a walkover.

The Black Stars from Ghana now represents their entire continent as they are the only side from Africa to reach the knockout stage. The young African side has been a nice addition to the World Cup so far, but they are not really at their peak yet and we might have to wait another four years to see their full World Cup potential. This said they did manage to qualify in a tough group containing Germany, Serbia and Australia, which does warrant some respect for the young Ghanaians. At the same time they have their entire continent supporting them, including the many South African fans present in Rustenburg tonight.

Team Updates

We are not expecting many changes from the USA side tonight, but they will have Robbie Findley back from suspension and he will must likely play. Speculations have been made about a recall of Oguchi Onyewu, who was benched against Algeria to Jonathan Bornstein.

The Ghanaian side is not expected to make changes either from their game against Germany. Defender Isaac Vorsah is still sidelined from his hamstring problem, which mean Jonathan Mensah will stand in again alongside John Mensah in the back.

USA vs Ghana betting tip

Our betting pick will be more than 2.5 goal in the match tonight at odds 2.50 at 888 Sports.

The two sides met at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where Ghana won 2-1 against the Americans. Since then the Black Stars have made a generation change in their squad, while the Americans have gained experience with many players returning for their second World Cup and others gaining from their great Confederations Cup. We do consider the Americans the favorites in tonight’s game, which primarily is based on their routine from similar competitions. However we believe it will be a very close match up as well and have opted to bet on over 2.5 goals in the match. At odds 2.5 we consider this to be a solid bet, especially considering the US goal stats. In eight of their last ten games more than 2.5 goals was scored and it could easily happen again tonight, if either team scores early in the match.

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