Germany v Ghana: Predicted lineups

Published June 21st, 2014 - 03:29 GMT

Germany opened their World Cup campaign with a massive moral boosting victory over Portugal seeing Thomas Muller secure and hat-trick and Mats Hummels the other strike in a four goal demolishing of Cristiano Ronaldo's nation.

Ghana on the other hand finally succumbed to the inevitable of failing to beat the United States for the first time in three World Cups. Having been the culprit that sent the USA packing in both 2006 and 2010, it was only a matter of time before the Yanks got one over on the African nation.

However, Ghana remain a threatening side and have power and pace and youthful exuberance than can be exploited for the good by their manager, but also harnessed by Germany though patience and working against the Ghanians until they get frustrated.

Germany are the out and out favorite and could see a few changes to their side as Bastian Schweinsteiger is believed fit and ready to return to action while Hummels is a game time decision with a knock.

Kevin-Prince Boateng is expected to start from the opening whistle and not come off the bench like he did against the USA and Michael Essien as well is likely to make a move to the first team rather than the substitutes bench.

Germany Starting XI: Neuer: Boateng, Mertesacker, Mustafi, Howedes; Kroos, Lahm, Schweinsteiger; Ozil, Muller, Gotze.

Ghana Starting XI: Dauda: Opare, Mensah, Boye, Asamoah; Essien, Muntari; Atsu, Boateng, Ayew; Gyan.

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