Odds Ghana Will Win World Cup 2014
Ghana have looked impressive in recent World Cups, advancing to the Round of 16 in 2006 and the quarterfinals in 2010. But the squad that was the Cinderella story of South Africa 2010 have to overachieve to continue their streak of advancing after drawing into the “Group of Death” at Brazil 2014, alongside powerhouses Germany and Portugal and the always dangerous USA. Positioned at No. 38 in FIFA’s World Rankings, Ghana are a +1200 longshot to win Group F and 200/1 to win the World Cup.
Ghana is clearly emerging as a leading football nation in Africa. With talented performers like Kevin-Prince Boateng, Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari and Michael Essien manning an outstanding midfield, Ghana has a variety of offensive weapons to call upon. However, the squad’s defense is suspect and will likely be exploited by potent German and Portuguese offenses. Ghana will be fun to watch, even if they do fail to advance.
Early World Cup Pick
Simply put, Ghana will need career performances from their stars to extend their streak of advancing beyond the Group Stage at the World Cup. Ghana has the ability to score goals, but with a weak defense, they are likely to give up some too, especially to offensive machines like Germany and Portugal. However, Ghana has enjoyed success against USA, a team they must defeat to have any chance of advancing. Ghana are +150 favorites to post a victory over the USA in their Group Stage match. But even with a win over the Americans, Ghana will need to put points on the table against Germany or Portugal to have a shot at second place in Group G.
Ghana Qualifying Results - How they got to the World Cup
Ghana finished first in African qualifying Group D, before defeating Egypt 7-3 on aggregate in a mandatory playoff.
11/10/09 Benin 1 – 0 Ghana
15/11/09 Ghana 2 – 2 Mali
01/06/12 Ghana 7 – 0 Lesotho
09/06/12 Zambia 1 – 0 Ghana
24/03/13 Ghana 4 – 0 Sudan
07/06/13 Sudan 1 – 3 Ghana
16/06/13 Lesotho 0 – 2 Ghana
06/09/13 Ghana 2 – 1 Zambia
15/10/13 Ghana 6 – 1 Egypt
19/11/13 Egypt 2 – 1 Ghana
Ghana World Cup Group Play Schedule
16/6/14 Ghana vs. United States - Estadio das Dunas
21/6/14 Germany vs. Ghana - Estadio Castelão
26/6/14 Portugal vs. Ghana - Nacional
Ghana Key Players
Kevin-Prince Boateng FW Schalke – An anchor of a strong Ghana midfield, Boateng returns to international play in the 2014 World Cup after a brief retirement.
Asamoah Gyan FW Al-Ain – Captain of Ghana’s national team, the veteran forward has 39 goals in 77 caps for the national team and will be expected to take on even more responsibility at Brazil 2014.
Michael Essien MF, AC Milan – The veteran midfielder brings vast experience and an impeccable work ethic to a young Ghana squad.