Group D of the 2010 FIFA World Cup is probably not the group of death, neither the easiest one, but it’s definitely a complicated group for its members. All four international teams ended up as head of the classification in their continents. However, the history of Germany in previous World Cups could affect psychologically the other three teams.
WHAT TO THINK ABOUT THE GROUP:
Anything could be possible in this group, the four teams gave a lesson in soccer to the rest of the teams in their respective continent, so, if Australia, Serbia and Ghana overcome the psychological aspect of playing against Germany, they could be in for a big surprise. Anyone of them.
HOW THEY RANKED LAST APRIL:
FIFA ranks every international football team on the 28th of each month; so, the rank for these four teams during April 28th. 2010 was like this:
Germany ranked as number 6 of the world.
Australia ranked as 21th.
Serbia ranked as number 16 of the world.
Ghana ranked as number 32.
The numbers for May 28th. are going to show probably the same ranks, usually a team doesn’t climb or loses many spots each month, if the any team ranks higher or lower is in an average of 3 spots. Meaning that Germany was number 6 in April, but in May could be 3 or 9 on average.
2010 FIFA World Cup Schedule for USA:
6/13 Germany vs. Australia Durban 9:30 a.m. EST/8:30 a.m. CST/6:30 a.m. PST
6/13 Serbia vs. Ghana Loftus Versfeld 2:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. CST/11:00 a.m. PST
6/18 Germany vs. Serbia Nelson Mandela 7:00 a.m. EST/6:00 a.m. CST/4:00 a.m. PST
6/19 Ghana vs. Australia Royal Bafokeng 7:00 a.m. EST/6:00 a.m. CST/4:00 a.m. PST
6/23 Ghana vs. Germany Soccer City 2:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. CST/11:00 a.m. PST
6/23 Australia vs. Serbia Mbombela 2:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. CST/11:00 a.m. PST
Germany vs. Australia:
Australia is the favorite in the match, then a draw.
Serbia vs. Ghana:
A draw is the main result, then, Ghana.
Germany vs. Serbia:
Serbia is the favorite, then a draw.
Ghana vs. Australia:
The main result is a draw, then Australia.
Ghana vs. Germany:
Surprisingly Ghana is favorite, then a draw.
Australia vs. Serbia:
Australia is the favorite of the match, then a draw.
Betting odds are favoring Australia with 7 points, Ghana with 5 points, Germany with 0 and Serbia with 4 points. According to gamblers, Australia and Ghana go to the next round, sending Germany and Serbia home early. However, don’t get excited if your team is favorite in certain matches, gamblers usually go for the underdog of the match.
It doesn’t look like Germany could have much trouble taking the first place of this group, it doesn’t matter if they haven’t been at its best in previous world cups. Thanks to their tremendous experience in world cups and having international super star Lukas Podolski in their rows, Germany is great favorite.
In theory, Australia and Ghana are favorites for history and experience, Australia being slightly favorite. However, Serbia was the big surprise during the UEFA tournament, so experts believe that if they’re able to play just like they did in that tournament, this team could become a big headache.
CHANCES TO QUALIFY TO THE 2ND. ROUND: