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Rupert Wyman 25th Jun 2010 - 16:17

Can the USA Landon their feet?

For those who understand  'soccer' in the USA, Landon Donovan is a national hero. He came to his side's rescue with a dramatic injury time goal against Algeria as they were about to be eliminated from the World Cup.

The goal gave the USA a 1-0 win against Algeria and allowed the Yanks to leap frog both Slovenia and England.

Landon really is a heartbreaker. England fans thought they would be topping the group with a few minutes to go and therefore miss out on playing Germany.

The goal ended Algeria's World Cup chances, whilst also killing off Slovenia's dreams. The Slovenian players must surely have thought they had reached the last sixteen of the World Cup with just a few minutes of the England match left.

The USA will see their last sixteen clash against Ghana as the perfect opportunity to reach the quarter-finals.  They will be really pumped up to play Ghana, as it was the Africans that beat the USA in their final group game of the last World Cup, ending their participation.

The USA are 13/8 to win in 90 minutes, with the draw priced at 2/1 and the Ghana win is 19/10. Ghana should be buoyed on by all the African support, they are the only African team still participating in the World Cup.

The USA have been made marginal favourites, Ghana have looked poor in attack and the two goals they have scored so far this World Cup, have both been from the penalty spot.  For a penalty to be awarded for either team it is 11/4.

The USA will be quite cautious going into this game as it is now the knock-out stages of the tournament. I fancy the USA to come from behind and win or draw at 9/2, they have improved as the games progress and Ghana could grab the opener on the break.

Neither team will fancy the game going to extra time or penalties and the USA have proved that they have the bottle to either make a comeback or finish teams off.

If you fancy Landon Donovan to score anytime, you can back him at 15/8.

The USA to win to nil is 12/5, it is a distinct possibility if Ghana continue to look hopeless in front of the opposition's net. They need to start scoring from open play rather than the penalty spot and unlike the Ivory Coast and Cameroon, they do not have a world class striker within their squad.

Their best player is Michael Essien and he has been forced to miss the World Cup with injury. They are relying on Asamoah Gyan to score and he is 6/4 anytime. He has looked good on the ball this World Cup but he has failed to take his chances.

The problem with the Ghanaian team is that they try to do too much on the ball and they never look for the easy pass, this can especially be said of Prince Boateng, they also tend to shoot from distance when there are better options available.



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