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Rupert Wyman 22nd Jun 2010 - 12:38

'Ghetto Prince Boateng' to find the net

Germany play Ghana in a do-or-die match. They need to go for the win but the draw might be enough if Serbia fail to beat Australia.

The German national team are being hounded back in Germany after rumours surfaced that return flights for Germany have been booked for Thursday evening, should they fail to qualify.

Joachim Loew's team have only suffered the indignity of being eliminated in the first-round once before, in 1938.

The 1-0 surprise defeat to Serbia, has left them in a precarious position. Klose is suspended for the Ghana match but that should leave the Brazilian born Cacau to stake his claim for a starting position.

He is 7/4 to score anytime and he has had an incredible season at Stuttgart. Germany are 1/2 for the win, the draw is 31/10 and the Ghana victory is 11/2.

The price for the Germany win is too short for me at 1/2, they are without their talisman Klose and many players are probably more motivated at the prospect of kicking the Prince, than the 90 minute result.

Ghana's Serbian coach Milovan Rejevac will be looking to surprise Germany and I would take a chance on backing Ghana in the draw no bet market at 10/3. They have the influential and excellent Asamoah Gyan up-front.

He is the scorer of both Ghana's goals so far and the Premier League clubs are sure to have an eye on the Rennes star. He is a value bet at 10/3 to score anytime, as he takes the penalties and he is sure of himself in-front of goal.

A real outside bet could be in the more scorer markets, you can back Kevin-Prince Boateng to score first and Ghana to win at 50/1.

If Ghana are going to win, you would expect the Prince to be in top form. He has kept the disillusioned Muntari out of the side and he has fitted into the team well. He can shoot from distance and is definitely not afraid to take people on in-front of goal.

I would also back the time of the first card to be in the 1st to the 15th minute at 13/5, the Germans are incensed that the Prince is playing and he is the public enemy number one in Germany, of whom he played for up to Under 21 level.

After his tackle on Ballack in the Germany match, his own half brother Jerome Boateng who plays for Germany refuses to acknowledge him.

The Germans may lose their cool and Over 6 bookings is 29/20, I think it is more likely that there will be 4-6 bookings at 11/10. Germany were poor when they played with ten men and neither team can afford to lose a man in such a critical match.

The knives are already being sharpened for coach Joachim Loew in Germany, Serbia and Ghana may prove their doubters wrong.



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