Germany and Ghana will be meeting for the second World Cup in a row when they clash at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza at 5AM (AEST) tomorrow morning.
Germany defeated Ghana 1-0 when the sides met four years ago in South Africa, while both teams made it through to the second round, and Germany are clear favourites to maintain their excellent record against African sides in the World Cup.
A Thomas Muller hat trick gave Germany a dominant victory over Portugal in their opening World Cup clash and the German side were outstanding right across the park – producing a performance that now has them available at odds of $4.75 in 2014 World Cup betting markets.
The decision to play Phillip Lahm in the midfield paid dividends for coach Joachim Loew, with the Bayern Munich star controlling play for the Germans, and their under fire defense had no trouble handling Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal’s other attacking threats.
Lowe is unlikely to make any changes to his winning, meaning Bastian Schwenisteiger will once again start on the bench, and if the Germans are able to produce a similar performance they will be far too strong for Ghana and are worth of starting the game at odds of $1.29 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Ghana were on the back foot from the start in their opening World Cup loss to the United States after conceding within the first thirty seconds, but at times looked quiet dangerous in attack and were able to equalize towards the final stages of the race.
Unfortunately, Ghana were unable to close out the game and they face a very difficult task to qualify for the second round of the World Cup for the second year in a row.
It was defensive lapses that let Ghana down against the United States and if they are unable to tighten up their defense against Germany, they may be in for a long night.
Ghana is currently available at odds of $10 to score an upset win over Germany tomorrow morning, while punters looking to back the draw can receive odds of $5.
Leading online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au is offering a number of promotions during the 2014 World Cup and they have two different betting markets available for the clash between Germany and Ghana.
Punters looking to back Germany can take advantage of the $2.50 on offer for Mario Gotze to score at any time and Germany to win, while those looking for longer odds could find the $17 available for Asamoah Gyan to score at any time and Ghana to win, good value.
Many experts have expecting Germany to score a big win and Ladbrokes Australia are offering World Cup odds of $3.50 for Germany to defeat Ghana by three or more goals.