Germany vs Ghana World Cup 2014: Match preview
A look ahead to a possible Group G decider
Saturday 21 June 2014
Germany will be keen to seal their spot at the Round of 16 as a win against Ghana will almost absolutely assure them a first-place qualification after a 4-0 win against Portugal.
It would come as no surprise if manager Joachim Low made no changes at the starting line-up, except of course the possible inclusion of former Everton defender Shkodran Mustafi who could take the place of injured Mats Hummels.
Forward Thomas Muller will be looking to add on to his quest for the golden boot after his hat trick last week but there might be a few changes in the formation should Hummels not play which could see a few players changing positions.
Ghana will need a result if they want to remain in the competition and after a losing but yet brave performance against USA, manager Akwasi Appiah could trust the same men and formation with star striker Asamoah Gyan leading the brigade. The only possible inclusion could be that of Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien whose experience could contribute greatly.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 8pm
PAST TWO MEETINGS:
Ghana 0 Germany 1 (Ozil), World Cup, June 2010
Germany 6 Ghana 1, International Friendly, April 1993
Germany played their 100 World Cup match last week – no other team has managed to feature in that many games.
The three-time World champions have only lost one of their last 19 group stage matches and won 14.
Lazio striker Miroslav Klose is still just two goals away from becoming the all-time top scorer at the World Cup. Ronaldo leads the board with 15 goals.
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker is set to pick up his 100 international cap.
Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan has scored four and assisted three of Ghana’s 10 goals in the World Cup.
Germany to win: 3.10
Ghana to win: 10.1
TV: Live on BBC One at 8pm
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