Ghana vs Australia preview – Group D

Ghana play Australia in their second round Group D match of the 2010 World Cup on Sunday 20th June at 12:00am Melbourne time at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa.

Australia defeated Ghana by one goal the last time they met in an International friendly back in 2008 and this will be the first time they meet at the World Cup.

Ghana won their opening round clash against Slovenia 1-0 and Australia were hammered 4-0 by Germany making this a must win game for the Aussies.

Ghana Ghana vs Australia Ghana

When: Sunday 20th June
Time: 12:00am AEST Midnight Saturday night Melbourne time
Where: Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
TV: Televised live on SBS

Last time they met
23-05-08 Australia 1-0 Ghana Friendly

Recent History
23-05-08 Australia 1-0 Ghana Friendly
14-11-06 Australia 1-1 Ghana Friendly

Ghana and Australia World Cup form

Serbia 0-1 Ghana
84m Asamoah Gyan

WCI Rating: 6.0
1st half: 3.0
2nd half: 3.0

Ghana were more than handy in all parts of the ground and on the break they very unpredictable, however they will need to attack more through the middle in coming games so they can have shots from decent positions.

Germany 4-0 Australia
8m L. Podolski (Ger)
27m M. Klose (Ger)
68m T. Müller (Ger)
70m Cacau (Ger)

WCI Rating: 5
1st half: 2.5
2nd half: 2.5

Australia’s only saving grace after the Germany shellacking was that they are still in the tournament to fight another day.

The Socceroos defence was cut apart by Germany and the Aussies also found it nigh on impossible to put a dent in the German’s defensive structure, apart from an early effort that wasn’t to be.

Ghana vs Australia Preview

Ghana will be happy to already have the three points safely tucked away and will be well aware a victory against the Socceroos will go a long way to getting them through to the next stage, depending on how their final match with Germany goes.

Australia has to improve on their opening round effort because they could not play any worse. One would like to think the Socceroos will come out and display the kind of football that got them to the World Cup in the first place.

Sportsbet odds for Ghana vs Australia

Ghana 2.10
Draw 3.25
Australia 3.60

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Ghana vs Australia Match Prediction

Australia must win it’s as simple as that or their World Cup dream is over.

Let’s hope Verbeek gives the Socceroos every chance to get the job done with the most attacking formation possible and the Socceroos have a win and a draw in their last two games played against Ghana.

The Ghanians will see this as their best chance of getting through to the next round and will fancy their chances somewhat on Australia’s effort against the Germans.

Expect Australia to be a more cohesive unit against Ghana and as much as we would dearly love them to win tonight, we think this game will end up being a drawn match.

Drawn Game @ $3.25 at Sportsbet

Draw looks the best option here and check out Betfair for the best available price.

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