May 12, 2014
Ghana almost made the World Cup semi finals four years ago in South Africa but eventually lost a penalty shoot-out to Uruguay in in only their second ever World Cup.
This time round they find themselves in Group G against Germany, Portugal and the USA and while they are a capable side on their day, it’s going to be a tough ask to unseat the two European sides from a likely top two spot.
Ghana has the capabilities to test both Germany and Portugal but in all likelihood they appear destined to finish in third place in this group because one would expect them to have the edge in talent against the USA.
The Ghanaians defeated the United States 2-1 after extra-time in the Round of 16 matches at the 2010 World Cup and the African side has improved since then, while the USA are not playing in the same vein as four years ago where they finished on top of their group with England in second place.
In early 2014 World Cup betting markets Ghana is $151 to win the tournament and $3.75 to claim top spot in Group G.
Ghana World Cup Odds
Win the World Cup: $151.00
Win Group G: $13.00
Qualify for next Round: $3.75
Reach 2014 World Cup Final: $67.00
>>> Visit sportsbet.com.au for the latest Ghana World Cup Odds
The Black Stars were one of the most impressive African sides during World Cup qualifying but we can’t see them finishing above Germany & Portugal, although they have the capability to surprise and could be value to get through to the next round at Portugal’s expense, especially if they can curb the influence of Ronaldo when they meet in match 46 of the tournament.
The $1.20 about exiting at the group stage is the obvious bet for Ghana but it’s a tad short, the bet we like is $4.00 for Ghana to score 3 points in Group G, assuming they will beat the USA and lose to both Germany & Portugal.
If you think they can upset Portugal and beat the USA then consider the $3.75 about getting through to the second round.
Group G Draw for Ghana
Ghana has drawn Germany, Portugal and the United States in Group G at the World Cup and they play their first match on Tuesday 17th June 2014 against the United States at 8am in the morning (Australian time).
|Tue 17 Jun||Ghana||vs||United States||8am||Natal||Bet now|
|Sun 22 Jun||Germany||vs||Ghana||5am||Fortaleza||Bet now|
|Fri 27 Jun||Portugal||vs||Ghana||2am||Brasilia||Bet now|
Ghana World Cup Squad
The Ghana World Cup provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, South America.
Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates), Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset), Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars)
Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Platanias), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege), Harrison Afful (Esperance), Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester), John Boye (Rennes), Jonathan Mensah (Evian), Jerry Akaminko (Kisehirspor), Rashid Sumalia (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Midfielders: Michael Essien (AC Milan), Sulley Muntari (AC Milan), Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese), Afriyie Acquah (Parma), Christian Atsu (Vitesse), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough), Andre Ayew (Marseille), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan)
Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain), Kevin-Prince Boateng (Schalke 04), Abdul Majeed Waris (Valenciennes), Jordan Ayew (Sochaux), David Accam (Helsingborg)
The Head Coach of the Ghana World Cup squad is James Kwesi Appiah and team captain is Asamoah Gyan.
World Cup players to watch for Ghana
The ageing Michael Essien has been a solid player at club level for big clubs like Chelsea and Real Madrid and this might be his time to step up for his country on the biggest stage of all. The presence and drive of Essien in the Black Stars midfield will go a long way towards how far Ghana can go at this World Cup.
AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari has great composure and his experience gained from contesting the past two World Cups will be vital, while the versatile Kwadwo Asamoah can play in defence or midfield and his ability to push forward and score goals make him a valuable commodity for Ghana.
Captain Asamoah Gyan is an honest toiler up front who plays an important role for his country.
Head over to our Group G page for more info on each team contesting this group at the 2014 World Cup.
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