(Winner Group A)
(Runner Up Group D)
After two days without any action on the pitches of South Africa, World Cup betting kicks off once again on Friday. In one of the two quarterfinal matches on the day, Uruguay faces off with Ghana. The semifinals awaits for the winner of this fixture, with either Holland or Brazil waiting in the wings.
Even though no one is really giving it a chance to win the World Cup, Uruguay has still been one of the most impressive sides in this tournament both offensively and defensively. Yes, the level of competition just hasn’t been there for the South American nation, and this won’t be any real exception, but allowing just one goal in four matches is always impressive regardless of who you are playing at this level. Both Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez continue to lead the way for Uruguay, as that duo has combined to score five goals in this tournament. Suarez netted a pair of strikes against South Korea, the second of which less than ten minutes before the death, sent the Uruguayans into the quarterfinals.
Ghana is the only non-group winner to make it out of the first knockout round in this tournament. It is also just the third African side to reach the quarterfinals and can be the first ever to make it to the semifinals with a win on Friday. The Black Stars were ridiculed for poor offensive play during the group stages, and for good reason. The team hadn’t scored a goal that didn’t come from the penalty spot during its first three matches. That all changed against the United States in the Round of 16 when Kevin Prince Boateng got the scoring started just five minutes into the match. However, it was Asamoah Gyan who had the final word after the Stars and Stripes leveled the match an hour into the festivities and sent it to extra time, as it was the Ghanaian star that split a pair of defenders in the US box and blasted a beautiful goal past GK Tim Howard to move Ghana on. One would like to think that Gyan will need to leave his mark on this match as well if the Black Stars are going to continue to carry the African hope for a World Cup winner into the semifinals.
This is probably the hardest fixture of the four to call over the course of this weekend. We know that Uruguay has played well, but the longer that Ghana lasts in this tournament, the more and more the entire continent is going to be pulling it on. The Black Stars aren’t going to win the World Cup, but this is a winnable fixture. South American dominance is going to come to a close here on Friday and Saturday, as the Uruguayans are going to be the second team bounced from their continent out of the World Cup.
Selection: Ghana to Advance +170 at Brobury Sports