2014 World Cup Betting: Germany vs. Ghana Picks & Odds

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 4:59 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014 4:59 PM UTC

The Germans looked even better than advertised in their first match, while Ghana lost in heart-breaking fashion to the Americans. With so much still up for grabs, will we see Germany make it two wins out of two? Our soccer odds pick is inside.

Odds Overview
Yes, Germany is a huge favorite in the soccer odds for Saturday's encounter, but they aren't the biggest of the day. That title belongs to Argentina, who are at as high as -900 for their clash with Iran. The Germans are quoted at -350 to -400 depending on the sportsbook, with Ghana at approaching +1000 on the sports betting odds board. A draw can be found at +500.

As many thought they would, Germany came out, and immediately asserted their dominance in Group G by destroying Portugal 4-0. A red card for Pepe was helpful, but that shouldn't take away from a tremendous performance against Cristiano Ronaldo and company. Thomas Muller scored a hat-trick, with the first two coming in the first half, and the third in the 78th minute. Mats Hummels also got a goal in the win.

What was probably most impressive was the manner in which Germany won. They caused Portugal problems right from the start and it was clear who the better team was early on. The Germans started in a 4-3-3 formation, with the usual suspects in the back (Mertesacker, Boateng, Hummels, Howedes, and Neuer in goal) and Lahm, Khedira and Kroos in the middle. Mesut Ozil and Mario Gotze were in support of Muller up front.  The tactics were evidently spot on, with Germany overwhelming Portugal in possession, and better team-play. It will be interesting to see if any changes are made to the side for this showdown with Ghana, with names like Schweinsteiger, Schurrle, Podolski, Klose and Draxler starting as substitutes in the first match.

It looked as if Ghana had done enough to get a hard-fought point against the USA, but it wasn't to be. John Brooks stormed in, and scored on an unlikely header to give the Americans the dream start they were looking for. 

On the other of the spectrum now sits the Ghanians, who have a ton of work to do if they're to advance out of this tough group. The lone goal for Ghana came from Andre Ayew, who scored on a wonderful solo effort to even up the score at 1-1 in the 82nd minute. It was a hard-luck result for Ayew and company, who probably deserved at least a point for their efforts.  

Now the focus shifts to Germany. One would have to think Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah will strongly consider moving Kevin-Prince Boateng into the starting XI after he came on, and made an instant impact against the USA. There's a real chance Michael Essien may start as well. Whoever may end up playing, we know the Ghanians aren't going to go down easy.

World Cup Pick
You've got to feel for Ghana. They didn't play poorly whatsoever against the USA, yet they didn't have anything to show for their hard work. Now they have to play one of the best teams in the entire tournament in Germany.

As strong as Ghana can be at times, we have to put our faith in the favorites. The soccer betting odds favor the Germans in a major way for a reason, and we find it hard to believe they won't get an outright victory here. They've earned their plaudits with the way they've been playing. To get even better value out of your soccer picks, though, you may want to consider backing Germany to win by two more goals. Enjoy the game!

Free World Cup Pick: Germany 2 Ghana 0 

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