2010 World Cup Betting – Ailing Ghana Look to Push Serbs to Limit

Milan JovanovicSome 2010 World Cup betting players picked Ghana as the dark horse to watch in South Africa this month, but they’ve suffered a couple of injuries to their most important players. Ghana will face Serbia in the Group D opener on Sunday morning, and someone is going to have to step up.

Ghana Serbia Betting – Sunday, June 13, 10:00 AM ET

Ghana saw their World Cup odds take a massive hit when it was announced that Michael Essien wouldn’t be suiting up for the Black Stars. Essien, who destroys midfields across England for Chelsea (who have just gave him a contract extension), injured his knee while playing for Ghana at the African Cup of Nations back in February, and while he tried everything to be ready for the World Cup, the combative midfielder will be at home watching his team. What’s more, is that captain Stephen Appiah has just come back from a knee injury of his own and is nowhere near 100%. This means all eyes will be on Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng, who recently took out German captain (and Essien’s Chelsea teammate) Michael Ballack with a tackle in the FA Cup final.

The Serbs may be the World Cup Group D betting favorites now that Germany and Ghana have suffered some crucial injuries, but Serbia would have been a problem before that. Milan Jovanovic may be the player to watch in the World Cup, and it’ll be no surprise if Liverpool was anxious to snap him up before he got on the plane to South Africa. In Nemanja Vidic and Branislav Ivanovic, Serbia has one of the most underrated defensive pairings in the World Cup. Vidic is battling a stomach virus, but he should be fine for this game.

Soccer betting odds will have the Serbs as a +110 favorite in this World Cup contest, while Ghana is listed at +230, and a draw is rated at +220. These two have met just once, back in 1997 when Serbia was the former Yugoslavia, and Ghana fell 3-1 in a friendly. It truly is a shame that Ghana is heading into this tournament without Essien and an Appiah who is at 75%, and that’s probably being generous, but don’t expect Serbia to cut them any slack. They’re a disciplined team that could very well find themselves in the quarterfinals. If Ghana is going to beat Serbia, they’re going to have to challenge Vidic’s lack of pace, and they have the striker to do that in Matthew Amoah, but Ivanovic has enough speed to back up his partner. Ghana won’t roll over, but they have too many ailing players to compete.

Sports betting pick: Serbia +110 (Scoreline: 2-0)

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