USA vs Ghana: A Pivotal World Cup Matchup

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Thursday's early World Cup game featuring USA vs Ghana will determine which team moves into the next round after surprising Ghana win over the Czech Republic and team USA's draw with powerhouse Italy

Who would have thought it was going to come down to Ghana?

This World Cup's surprise African team crushed high ranked Czech Republic this past weekend and may provide the USA with its stiffest competition to date. Ghana was a huge underdog to win Group E let alone the World Cup itself.

Ghana's shocking 2-0 win over Czech Republic in the day's earlier game turned Group E on its head. Italy now has four points and can qualify with a draw against Czech Republic. If Italy and the U.S., which has one point, win their final matches on Thursday then both will qualify for the second round.

"USA vs. Ghana looks to be a great matchup," commented Christopher Costigan, President of Sports911.com. "The Ghana upset of Czech Republic was by far the biggest in this World Cup. Ghana enters Thursday's match with odds of 2.37 and USA 2.62, which means that for every US$100 bet on either team, the payout would be just over US$200."

Meanwhile, there is value in Ghana winning Group E with odds that payout approximately US$450 for every US$100 bet. Ghana has approximately 64 to 1 odds of winning the 2006 World Cup. USA has odds of 201 to 1 to win the 2006 Word Cup, which is nearly three times the odds of Ghana. Italy was still listed with odds of 11 to 1 at press time. They had the 6th best odds of winning at SportsInteraction.com.

All odds can be found here:

http://www.sportsinteraction.com/sportsbook/bonus.cfm?prid=6592

When the identity of Africa's four representatives in Germany became clear there was a sigh of despair.

The usual suspects, South Africa, Cameroon and Nigeria, have been replaced by Togo, Ghana and Angola, who were expected to be cannon fodder, while the Ivory Coast were drawn in the group of death. Togo did provide some early entertainment when their coach, Otto Pfister, resigned before their first game and then thought better of it. However, Angola, who were tipped to match Zaire's incompetence during the 1974 tournament, proved amazingly resilient; the Ivorians were proud in defeat, while against the Czech Republic, Ghana and Michael Essien (right) produced the first genuine shock of the tournament.

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When the identity of Africa's four representatives in Germany became clear there was a sigh of despair. The usual suspects, South Africa, Cameroon and Nigeria, have been replaced by Togo, Ghana and Angola, who were expected to be cannon fodder, while the Ivory Coast were drawn in the group of death. Togo did provide some early entertainment when their coach, Otto Pfister, resigned before their first game and then thought better of it. However, Angola, who were tipped to match Zaire's incompetence during the 1974 tournament, proved amazingly resilient; the Ivorians were proud in defeat, while against the Czech Republic, Ghana and Michael Essien (right) produced the first genuine shock of the tournament.

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