Serbia kick off their 2010 World Cup campaign on Sunday in Group D against Ghana. Whilst Group G has been tagged the official ‘group of death’, Group D could be the most tightly contested group. Arguably none of the 8 groups contain 4 teams that are so evenly matched, and to predict the two teams that will move to the last 16 is difficult. A win on Sunday will put Serbia in the box seat to qualify.
Ghana surprised many by reaching the final of the African Nations Cup earlier this year. This success was achieved with a core of last years FIFA Under-20 World Cup winning squad and Ghana come into this competition with the youngest squad that has an average age of just over 24. However the loss of the excellent Michael Essien will put more pressure on Stephen Appiah’s role as captain and leader of such a young team.
Whilst Serbia qualified in style, topping a group that contained France, there form has dipped. Of their three warm-up games they embarrassingly lost to New Zealand and failed to score in two. However, in their final game they beat Cameroon 4-3, proving they have game to cope to with the pace and power of African sides.
The first games in the group stages are often tight affairs, and with Germany up next for Serbia a loss to Ghana would be unaffordable , so I foresee a tight game that will end in a draw.