World Cup Betting: Germany vs. Ghana

World Cup Betting:  Germany vs. Ghana

Group D action on Saturday as Germany and Ghana go head to head. Germany looked downright devastating in their World Cup opener as they dismantled an excellent Portugal team winning 4-0. Ghana lost 2-1 to the USA in their opening contest. A win by Germany here will just about guarantee them first place in their group since the +4 goal differential they’re working with is almost insurmountable.

Pretty much the only thing that went wrong for Germany in the opening contest against Portugal was an injury to one of their best defenders, Mats Hummels. Hummels suffered an injured thigh and will likely be declared out here. Of course that’s as much of a precautionary measure as anything else and the deep and talented German team should deal with his loss ably. That’s probably fine with Germany coach Joachim Low who has already stated that he’ll mix and match his lineup throughout the World Cup in hopes of giving him a tactical matchup advantage. Germany has been downright devastating in recent World Cup play–seven straight World Cup wins and they were winning at half time and full time in six of those games. Five of their last seven World Cup victories have been shutouts. Despite this legacy of success Germany was only a +640 futures betting choice prior to the start of the World Cup.

Ghana put up a decent effort against the United States albeit an unfocused one. The USA scored a goal in the first minute of play and Ghana never really regained their poise. This isn’t a bad team but they have a tendency to unfocused and disorganized play on the defensive end. Ghana did control time of possession against the USA but that might have as much to do as the USA playing with a one goal lead for much of the contest. They can forget about controlling possession against this disciplined and methodical Germany side.

Obviously Germany is a big favorite in this game but even so the price isn’t as high as it likely should be making it a decent value. Alternately, Germany is available on the handicap line -1.5 -110. We’ll lay the price which covers us in the event of a 1-0 game. For Ghana to even hold Germany to a draw would be the biggest upset of the tournament so far. They will likely not ‘pour it on’ like the did against Portugal which has us looking ‘Under’ the total. Ghana will be lucky to get on the board so if your book offers any ‘clean sheet’ or ‘teams to score’ props bet them accordingly.