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World Cup 2010 - Group D - Betting and Prediction

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Old 06-09-2010, 09:36 PM
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Group D
Germany (6)
Australia (19)
Serbia (15)
Ghana (31)


Its been 20 years since Germany last won the World Cup, and its about time they win the trophy once again(based on a stat that they tend to win it once every 4 time, in the past 50 years). They came close on two occasions, losing in the final to Brazil in 2002 and losing in the semi final on home soil in 2006.

Things were looking good for Joachim Low until Michael Ballack was ruled out of the WC last month. The talismanic captain will be hard to replace as he proves and scores crucial goals. The experience of most players in the team should help Low to reach at least the Quarter Final where they are expected to meet the likes of Argentina, Uruguay or Mexico.

Australia one of the outsides in the group to qualify will find it difficult this time around to progress as a few of their key players are not a 100% fit and they lack the depth in quality. Pim Verbeek has formed a solid Aussie team in the past few years but has been critics heavily in the media due to his pragmatic conservatism.

With Verbeek lining up a 4-2-3-1 formation, opponents might find them hard to break, especially with Mark Schwarzer in arguably his career best form. Lucas Neill, Craig Moore and Scott Chipperfield should provide sufficient experience at the back with Tim Cahill, Mark Bresciano, Harry Kewell and Brett Emerton have what it takes to create some sort of opportunity for Australia.

Serbia to me should be the surprise package in this group. After being drawn in a tough group, many were surprise that Serbia overcome the likes of France and Romania to top their group. Radomic Antic has a strong defense line with Nemanja Vidic leading the line accompanied by rock solid Ivanovic, Kolarov and Lukovic.

With treble winner and skipper Dejan Stankovic in the heart of midfield, you do expect this strong Serbian team to achieve something. Jovetic, Milan Jovanic and Milo Krasic should have plenty to offer in the offensive half. With a string of talented players in this Serbian squad, you have to fancy their chances in progressing.

It must be nightmare for Ghanians as Michael Essien failed to recover from his injury. With Essien out for Milovan Rajevac, his team should find it difficult as Essien is the player that covers both attacking and defending for them.

Sulley Muntari is likely to fill in for Essien in centre midfield find alongside captain Stephen Appiah. Rajevac is likely to pack his midfield with 5 players to protect his weak defense line and start up a lone striker, Asamoah Gyan. Gyan has heaps of pace to offer and Rajevac is likely to play on the fast break.

Strength

Germany – Experience in most players as they’ve reach the semi-finals of the last 2 WC. Newly name skipper Lahm has plenty to offer down the wings and will be a key player!

Australia – A solid defense with a good goalkeeper might be hard to break

Serbia – Watch out for set pieces as Serbia have the powerhouse of four strong and tall defenders alongside Nicola ZIgic! Antic has got experience and he is an experience manager!

Ghana – A strong midfield with Asamoah, Appiah and Muntari.

Weakness

Germany – The strikers have a poor season, most noticeable, Miroslav Klose and the absence of Michael Ballack.

Australia – A string of key players are not a 100% fit and lack of depth in the team. Should any first team player be suspended or injured, Verbeek will have difficulties.

Serbia – Goalkeeper and lack of goals from the striker.

Ghana – The absence of Michael Essien and a prone to error keeper, Richard Kingson

The Pick :

Serbia should be the surprise package in this group to qualify and probably even upsetting Germany by winning the group. Australia and Ghana should struggle to score as all the teams in this group are pretty strong defensively, therefore a lone striker up front would be difficult find the back of the net.
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