World Cup Group D preview
Projected order of finish in Group D:
Low looks set to stick with 4-2-3-1, having drafted in Stuttgart's
Since the Socceroos starts their group campaign against Germany, the game against Ghana on June 19 is crucial. It could be their first chance to get points on the board; for Ghana, who have to finish against the Germans, this could well be the last. Ghana has won neither of the previous two encounters with Australia, but both were friendlies. Each side is defensively disciplined but short on goal-getting magic up top, so the battle in midfield will be crucial to the outcome here.
The other potentially decisive game in the race for second place will be the opener between Serbia and Ghana on June 13 -- though Ghana is the favorite, both sides will feel they can secure a confidence-boosting first victory. And although it's likely Australia won't get off to a winning start against Germany later that day, neither side can really afford to go into the second group games without a point, which means this could be an enjoyably frantic encounter.
This is an extremely open group and the race for the knockout stages could well be a photo finish, but the Serbs knit dynamism and quality to a greater degree than their competitors and should make it home in second behind the Germans.