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Rupert Wyman 12th Jun 2010 - 16:12

Serbia too strong for the Black Stars

Ghana could be boosted tomorrow by the support that they will be given by the South Africans in Pretoria.

Ghana and the other African teams are not just playing for their home countries, they are playing for the continent.

They are out to show that African football is on the up and that they can compete with the best teams in the world.

This encounter could be a make or break match for both teams.  With the German team favourites for being the group winner at 5/6, the other qualification spot will entail a battle between - Ghana, Serbia and Australia.

The Ghanaians have lost their talisman Essien to a knee injury, the Chelsea midfielder is one of the best players in the world and will be a real loss.

The Serbs edged out France to top the qualifying group and have been tipped by some as the tournament's dark horses. However, they have been poor in their warm-up friendlies.

The Ghana players are fast and powerful but they could struggle to score against a gifted Serbian defence. The defence consists of Ivanovic and Vidic, two of the Premier League's best defenders. In the midfield Inter's Champions League winner Stankovic pulls the strings and without Essien's leadership, Ghana could struggle.

In the Goals Market, for only Serbia To Score the price is 2/1. The Serbians will be cautious as it is their opening match and Vidic has a great understanding with Ivanovic and the Ghanaians do not have any world class strikers. Serbia should get over their indifferent friendly form and can win at 11/10.

The opening day's matches were both draws and if you think this pattern may continue, the draw is priced at 21/10.

Birmingham's new striker Zigic should start for Serbia and he can be backed at 5/1 to score the first goal. He obviously has a major height advantage but he also has great ball control.

I think that the Black Stars are the weakest team in Group D and it is possible that they could lose all three of their group games.

Milan Jovanovic is moving to Liverpool this summer and he is 15/8 to score anytime. He scored five goals in eight appearances for Serbia during qualifying and will want to impress as there will be a new manager in the Liverpool hot seat next season.

Serbia lost all three group games in their only previous World Cup appearance in 2006, conceding ten goals. They are far stronger now and they can finish off the Black Stars tomorrow.



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