Germany’s 4-0 demolition of Portugal has got the bwin layers running sacred of their goal threat, with no less than four of Joachim Low’s men odds-on to score against Ghana.
Thomas Muller (3/10), Mario Gotze , Miroslav Klose (both 3/5) and Lukas Podolski (9/10) all reside on the dark side of the even money rubicon.
However, if the way the Black Stars spectacularly failed to deal with towering USA reserve defender John Brooks at an 86th-minute corner last time out is anything to go by, much-loved Arsenal veteran Per Mertesacker rates an intriguing alternative at a working man’s price.
He can be backed to crown the occasion of the notable achievement of his 100th cap for Germany with a goal at 13/2.
Ghana somehow allowed Brooks’ towering presence to go unshepherded at a late corner in Natal and were duly punished when then 6ft4in titan nodded in the winner.
A celebration that recalled Marco Tardelli’s 1982 World Cup Final cries of ‘Gol! Gol! Gol!’ in it’s emotional magnitude ensued and a goal for Mertesacker would generate similar levels of warmth among his compatriots.
At 6ft 6in his penalty area presence maybe even more discombobulating for John Mensah and friends than the overwhelmed Americano.
In decent scoring nick this term, the BFG has notched five times in 57 games in all competitions and his potency for Die Mannschaft is on the increase.
Four times on the mark for his homeland, three of those strikes have been bagged inside the last two years.
If Mertesacker was still a bit foggy on the directions to the back post, then his injured defensive partner Mats Hummels took the time to sketch him one out before his crocking against the Portuguese suggesting the Germans aren’t above a set-piece strike either.
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