The World Cup has given us many boring games so far. Only 11 out of 32 games ended with more than two goals – that’s only 34%. But the team that’s managed to keep the goal average high so far is Ghana. 24% of all 48 World Cup goals after Matchday 2 came in games played by the Black Stars.
Offensive spectacle from Ghana
Nobody expected this offensive spectacle from Otto Addo’s team. Ghana has fully convinced and even would have deserved a point against Portugal – but the ridiculous penalty whistle for Cristiano Ronaldo was too much for Ghana to take
Still, the gates are wide open for Ghana to qualify for the next round – that’s what we were all hoping for, but in the end, it’s a big surprise. Even a draw against Uruguay could be enough unless South Korea win by two goals in their parallel match against Portugal
So the odds are huge. Although most bookmakers see Uruguay’s chances of winning at around 58%, it’s to be said that Uruguay doesn’t seem to scare anyone with their over-aged team. They looked slow and pathetic and failed to create many chances against Portugal, although Luis Suarez and Christian Gimenez had chances to equalize in the closing stages of the game
Ghana, on the other hand, presented themselves as nimble as a gazelle and have already scored 5 goals with their attacking style of play. More than the Netherlands, Brazil, Germany, or Argentina.
Brazil is waiting in the next round
But if the Black Stars qualify for the next round, they’ll face a big opponent: Brazil. The South American giant will then probably be able to call on Neymar again and put on an offensive spectacle. Ghana, however, needs to have no fear. Switzerland showed how to defend effectively against Brazil and the qualifiers against the goal-hungry Nigerians proved it: Otto Addo’s men also know how to defend very well. Brazil can come!
But first, we wait impatiently for the big revenge against Uruguay. Remember 2010? There’s still a big score to settle….!
Even as a child, I used to bet on the results of the Bundesliga with my friends at school. Back then, the stakes were still modest: Lunch, a few marbles or maybe even a milk jug. When I was 9 years old, I once played the German "Elferwette" (1x2 tips in 11 German games) - and got 10 right the first time.
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By Max Stargard
Even as a child, I started typing the results of the Bundesliga with my friends at school. The stakes were modest back then: The lunch, a few marbles or maybe a milk slice. Then, at the age of 9, I played the penalty bet once - and immediately got 10 right. The previous week I had won 500 DM and in my childish imagination I was already imagining how many football pictures I could buy at the kiosk on the corner. Unfortunately, it was one of those match days when everything turned out as expected and I only won DM 8.10. Nevertheless, I followed the game with great interest.
Nevertheless, the passion to correctly predict the outcome of sporting events haunted me for the rest of my life. I would have loved to own the sports almanac that Marty McFly bought in Back to the Future II.
Much later, when I was already working as a journalist for newspapers and as a writer for television, I came across an international betting forum with over 100,000 members - and found out that a lot of people there were giving their tips on German football, but nobody seemed to have a real clue, so I wrote a few English-language preliminary reports with a few tips - and was right about everything. After that, an avalanche started. I got offers from bookmakers, sports papers and even betting syndicates to work for them - and I accepted a few of them too, experiencing the ups & downs of sports betting and travelling halfway around the world in the years that followed. There I met Chinese multimillionaires betting five to six figures, amateur players in Serbia or Turkey supporting their families with small stakes, South Africans gambling away half their fortune, Brazilians who could only leave their favelha and become rich by making the right tips. At one point my life was similar to Matthew McCaughaney's in the film Two For The Money - and far too much stress.
I subsequently moved to another continent and ran an English-language football epaper about the Bundesliga from there. After the birth of my son, I devoted myself for many years only to artistic projects in the field of photography and literature. However, I am happy to share my knowledge and passion with the readers of bettingtipsafrica.
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