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Goals could flow for Spain and Uruguay at high altitude

| 01.07.2010

Expect the Uruguay vs Ghana and Paraguay vs Spain quarter-final ties to be high-scoring affairs, as statistics show high altitude venues provide an abundance of goals.

Both games will be played 1,700m above sea level in Johannesburg, and World Cup matches there have so far been plentiful in terms of goals and entertainment.

Johannesburg’s Soccer City hosts the last eight clash between Uruguay and Ghana, and in six World Cup matches to date, the stadium has seen 18 goals. A match total of over 2.5 goals in this fixture is priced at 7/4.

Soccer City will also host the final on July 11th and the stadium’s average of three goals a game bodes well for the showpiece event.

Ghana have already played at Soccer City, losing 1-0 to Germany. A repeat 1-0 defeat to Uruguay is available at 9/2.

Johannesburg’s other arena, Ellis Park, hosts Paraguay vs Spain, and this venue has also seen 18 goals scored in 6 matches.

Spain beat Honduras 2-0 at this ground, and another 2-0 victory against Paraguay is priced at 5/1.

Cape Town’s Green Point stadium has been host to 13 goals from six games, though seven of these strikes all came as Portugal mauled North Korea 7-0.

Green Point’s next fixture is the quarter-final between Argentina and Germany, whose collective attacking prowess should provide a feast of goals. You can bet on there being over 4.5 goals in the match at a very tempting 6/1.

The lower altitude venue for Holland’s last eight meeting with Brazil, Port Elizabeth, has seen just eight goals in its six World Cup fixtures so far.

Should this environment continue to stifle, it could be worth backing a match goal total of under 1.5 at 12/5.

Can low altitude help cause an upset? Holland are 7/2 to beat Brazil. See the full Holland vs Brazil market.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.