It is probably the most important match of the World Cup for both squads as the winner will be in very good position to advance from Group D while the loser will be in immediate trouble. Serbia is the favorite in World Cup odds for this match that can be seen on ESPN on Sunday.
2010 World Cup betting lists Serbia as even money on the three-way soccer betting line with Ghana at +230 and the Draw at +220. The total on the match is 2 with the over at -125. The odds on this match are somewhat surprising considering the teams are basically even when it comes to their odds to win Group D. There is no question that Ghana will miss Michael Essien but they still could win this match against Serbia.
Serbia has some talented players including Nemanja Vidic and Branislav Ivanovic. Serbia also has Milos Krasic and Dejan Stankovic. Not to be forgotten is Milan Jovanovic who was Serbia’s top scorer in qualifying.
Serbia did not play well in recent friendlies but they are capable of playing well in the World Cup. They have an excellent defense and they have more scoring threats than Ghana. The best player for Serbia is probably Vidic. He missed the World Cup four years ago. His presence is huge for Serbia. While Vidic is the best player, Krasic is the top offensive threat. He had 2 goals and 7 assists in qualifying.
Ghana has not been getting much attention in 2010 World Cup betting because of the injuries to Michael Essien and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu. Ghana will try and play tough defense and look to keep all of their matches low scoring. Look for Ghana to feature a very conservative 4-5-1 formation.
The scoring threat for Ghana looks to be Asamoah Gyan. Their top scorer in qualifying was Matthew Amoah.
This is a dangerous match for Serbia because many are predicting they will be able to get by Ghana now that Essien is out. These teams are really evenly matched and the value is with Ghana at +230. One goal could easily win this match that should be low scoring.