2014 FIFA World Cup: Ghana vs Germany Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/21/14
Ghana (0-1) vs. Germany (1-0)
World Cup: Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Brazil)
The Line: Germany -325 See the Latest Odds
Germany can move a step closer to wrapping up the pool with a win over Ghana on Saturday while the Black Stars look for their first win of the tournament.
Germany head into their second pool play contest coming off a massive 4-0 victory over Portugal in what was supposed to be a battle of the top two teams in the Group of Death but instead it was a slow painful one for the garnet and green. The Germans looked like world beaters and should be considered as such as this tournament progresses as I think they are proving they are not only contenders at the World Cup but a threat to win the whole tournament. Tomas Muller netted a hat trick in the tournament opener and the Germans dominated from start to finish in a game that saw Cristiano Ronaldo boil with frustration and center defenseman Pepe get sent off with a red card. What’s scary for the German side is they did all of this without some of their staples in the game as the likes of Bastien Schweinsteiger, Mario Gomez, and Lukas Podolski didn’t factor in the game and veteran forward Miroslav Klose was deemed obsolete thanks to Muller’s success.
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Ghana were considered by most to be Africa’s best hope in this tournament based on athleticism and being a talented side but their group is very tough as all four teams have a shot to advance to the knockout stage. Ghana badly outplayed the Americans in their tournament opener and they were rewarded for their determination with a late marker that looked as though would earn them a draw but a header from John Brooks saved the day for the US and dashed Ghanian dreams. The Black Stars have a shot here at earning some redemption and playing their way back into the tournament but it will be a tough feat as the Germans are a very solid squad that rarely makes mistakes. However, much like we saw in the Netherlands and Australia game I think Germany could be poised for a let down while Ghana needs a win and while I don’t think we see the Black Stars getting three here I think there’s a shot they could get one.