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United States vs Ghana Preview

 United States vs Ghana world cup preview

United States vs Ghana

by Ryan Kramer 

Match Facts

Time: Monday June 16th @ 3:00 PM Pacific
Location: Estádio das Dunas, Natal, Brazil
Weather: 87° F and windy with a chance of rain
Radio: ESPN Radio
TV: ESPN/Univision
Spread: United States PICK(-105)/ Ghana PICK(-115)
MoneyLine: +175/+165/+220
Total: 2


Ghana is being billed as the United States nemesis and with good reason. The African nation has been responsible for eliminated the United States side in the past two World Cups. What people aren’t talking about is although they are full with talent, this Ghana side enters play as the youngest (with an average age of 25 years and six months) team in the field of 32.

Meanwhile, the United States is coached by former German Futbol superstar, Jürgen Klinsmann, who has determined to redefine the culture of the USA soccer program and in doing so is creating controversy galore. First, he recruited a slew of talented dual nationals away from Germany, Iceland and Norway. Then, he left the most famous american soccer play in its history, Landon Donovan, off the squad. Lastly, he has gone on record saying that the United States doesn’t have a chance to win. Once you get past all of that it comes down to the question: Can they execute? As they certainly have the talent to overcome Ghana this time around.


The US will employ a 4-2-3-1 that is really a 4-5-1 with 2 defensive holding midfielders. It’s a new look for American fans, but have no fear it allows for a sturdy, reliable defense and a potentially explosive transition offense. Meanwhile, Ghana has moved away from a 4-1-4-1 to a 4-4-2  and in doing so they scored more goals in qualifying than any other with 24.

The keys to the game will be surrounding the discipline and shape of the sides. Can the US space the field and catch Ghana out of position? Can the Ghana breakdown the very green defense of the United States?


United States explodes onto the World Cup scene generating opportunities with their wing defenders in transition, meanwhile Tim Howard shows he is one of the best in the world keeping Ghana at 1 goal.

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Listen to the World Cup Preview edition of the Sports Gambling Podcast.

Ryan Kramer is a writer and co-host for the Sports Gambling Podcast.
Follow the show on twitter @GamblingPodcast.

The Sports Gambling Podcast is your home for uncensored sports betting opinions, analysis, and advice. Since 2011 The Sports Gambling Podcast has picked every NFL game against the spread. They’ve also expanded to cover fantasy football, college football, NBA, college basketball, golf and daily fantasy sports releasing multiple episodes per week. The podcast is hosted by Sean Green (@SeanTGreen), a Philly area native and Ryan Kramer (@KramerCentric) a New Jersey native, who bring a combined 50 years of sports betting experience to the podcast. The podcast, the picks and the posts are all completely free. Tune in to hear NFL picks, college football picks, DFS picks, NBA picks and more! The Sports Gambling Podcast doesn’t sell picks they make em. Let It Ride! SUBSCRIBE ON APPLE | SPOTIFY

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