Germany v Ghana - Match Preview

Andre Schurrle & Mesut Ozil

Germany could all but seal qualification on Saturday with a win over Ghana, and knock the Africans out in the process.

To be played on Saturday 21st June 2014 at 20:00. Venue: Castelão, Fortaleza.

Odds: Germany 2/7, Draw 4/1, Ghana 8/1

Preview & injury news

Germany are set to be unchanged after their emphatic 4-0 victory over Portugal in the opening round of fixtures in Group G. A win against Ghana could see them secure qualification for the last 16 with a game to spare, should they win and Portugal fail to beat the USA. Joachim Low has no new injury concerns, but could be set to include Bastian Schweinsteiger after the midfielder missed their win over Portugal after not recovering fully from a foot injury picked up in training, he is believed to be fully fit now though.

Ghana need to avoid defeat if they're realistically looking to get out of Group G after suffering a 2-1 defeat to USA. Despite an 82nd minute equaliser from Andre Ayew for the Africans that looked to have earned them a point, John Brookes scored for USA in the last moments to snatch victory. Ghana got to the quarter finals of the World Cup in 2010, but on the route to that stage they lost 1-0 to Germany through a lovely goal from Arsenal man Mesut Ozil. They will be hoping for a better result this time around. 

Key stats

Germany have only lost one of their last 19 games in the group stages of the World Cup.

Ghana have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last five World Cup games.

Thomas Müller has scored eight goals in seven World Cup games and seven in his last four.

5 players to watch

Jerome Boateng - The Bayern Munich defender played right back in the last match, and is set to start again in a back four that is full of ability. If he is to play, which is expected, he could face his brother Kevin-Prince Boateng. In a strange situation where two half brothers play for different countries, it has already occured when the countries faced each other in the 2010 World Cup, with Jerome's Germany winning the bragging rights on that occasion.

Kevin-Prince Boateng - As mentioned above, Kevin-Prince could play his brother for the second time. He didn't start against the USA but made a positive impact off the bench and looked to get involved in the match. However he could be warranted a starting slot in the hope of getting the best out of him as he should be highly motivated for playing his brother. Kevin-Prince can either be brilliant or awful, and Ghana will need him to be at his best if they're to win this.

Mesut Ozil - Arsenal's record signing played brilliantly against Portugal. he was outstanding in the 2010 World Cup that warranted his move to Real Madrid and his performance on Monday's opener was superb. He seems to play his best football in the international tournaments, and is key in Germany's attacking movements. Perhaps England's players should take a leaf out of Ozil's book when it comes to transferring club form into his country...

Asamoah Gyan - Gyan was Ghana's shining light in the 2010 World Cup. He was top scorer, but sadly will be remembered for missing the last minute penalty against Uruguay that would have sent the African country into the semi-final. He had chances in his first match against the USA, but failed to get himself on the scoresheet, and Ghana need him to be lethal when he gets a chance on Saturday, as Ghana will create some for him.

Thomas Muller - Like Ozil, Muller is brilliant when he plays for his country. His form has been outstanding when he plays in the White of Germany, scoring eight in his last seven World Cup matches, including seven in his last four. He bagged himself a hat-trick in the 4-0 win over Portugal, and will be bound to add that to his collection if he starts up front against Ghana.

Last time they met

Germany (Ozil) 1-0 Ghana, South Africa, 23rd June 2010.

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