Sports book gambling fans will see a Germany team that has more than the average incentive to beat the World Cup betting odds as there will be a revenge factor on the pitch as well.
Ghana’s Kevin Prince Boateng knocked out German captain Michael Ballack from the World Cup in a FA Cup match and that has not been forgotten. Germany, however, says that they are focused on winning the game against Ghana instead of evening the score with Boateng.
“We are playing Ghana and not Kevin Prince Boateng,” said German general manager Oliver Bierhoff. “Feelings about one person have to be set aside.”
Germany is coming off a shocking 0-1 sports book gambling upset loss to Serbia that followed a most impressive 4-0 win over Australia in the Group D opener. Germany must defeat Ghana to ensure making the round of 16.
Ghana leads the Group standings as they defeated Serbia 1-0 in the opener and followed that up with a 1-1 draw against Australia.
“Ghana is a physical team that has interesting players up front,” said Bierhoff. “But they have shown some defensive weaknesses that we can use. It’s not a team we need to fear. We have confidence and we have quality.”
Boateng is among the interesting stories for the World Cup in general and this matchup with Germany in particular. Boateng grew up in the German capital of Berlin and played in the junior ranks for Germany before trading sides to play for the nation of his father.
After causing the Ballack ankle injury with a tackle he became one of the most hated players in the world on chatboards. Boateng has a half brother, Jerome, on the German roster. Boateng has never even been to Ghana and has the reputation for lacking discipline.
Germany has never failed to advance out of the group stage and has three World Cup titles. They finished 3rd in 2006.
Germany’s replacement captain Philipp Lahm says that the team’s experience from the 2008 UEFA Euro will help them.
“We needed a draw in the final preliminary round game, otherwise we would have gone out of the tournament,” said Lahm. “But we made it into the next round then, and we will get there this time.”