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Germany will take on Ghana in a Group G clash of the 2014 Fifa World Cup at Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza, on Saturday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 8pm BST. Live coverage is on BBC One and BBC Red Button. Radio commentary of the game is available on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Overview

Germany come into the second game of the World Cup after registering a 4-0 victory over Portugal in their opening fixture.

Joachim Low's side were awarded an early penalty as Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller converted from the spot kick in the 12th minute.

Borussia Dortmund centre-half Mats Hummels doubled the lead just after the half-hour mark. Things went bad for Portugal after Real Madrid defender Pepe was shown a straight red after he was found headbutting Muller in his own half.

The Germans took advantage of a 10-man Portugal squad as Muller scored his second goal of the game to make it 3-0 for his side before half-time. The Bayern star netted his hat-trick in the 78th minute as Cristiano Ronaldo hardly had any impact on the match.

With a good start to their summer tournament in Brazil, Germany would be hoping to extend its perfect start with a victory over the African nation on Saturday.

Ghana suffered a defeat at the hands of the USA in their first game of the World Cup. Former Tottenham Hotspur man Clint Dempsey netted for his side just after the kick-off in the first minute.

Andre Ayew equalised for the African side in the 82nd minute and Ghana were edging towards sealing their first point in the tournament. However, John Brooks Jr's goal four minutes later after Ghana equalised saw the United States seal a late victory.

Ghana needs to win the game against Germany in order to retain their hopes of qualifying for the next stage of the World Cup.

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Ghana's John Boye vies for the ball with Jermaine Jones of the US during their World Cup match Reuters

What Managers Say

Joachim Low (Germany): "It will be a game Ghana will play like a final. If they do not win they will probably not go on so they will fight to the end. They are strong, fit and they like to attack. Even in high temperatures they will run for 90 minutes and they have many well-known players who play for big clubs."

James Kwesi Appiah (Ghana): "It's not going to be easy to qualify for the group but we'll give everything to do just that. We're going to have to play well against Germany and I know we'll give them a good game."

Prediction

Germany 3-0

Betting Odds (Bwin)

Germany: To win 1.28

Ghana: To win 9

Draw: 5.75

Thomas Muller is at 4.00 to score two goals today.

Team Form

Germany

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W D D W
  • Last Result: Germany 4-0 Portugal

Ghana

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W L L D
  • Last Result: Ghana 1-2 USA

Team News

Germany's Sami Khedira stretches during a training session at the Arena Fonte Nova stadium ahead of their 2014 World Cup against Portugal in Salvador, June 15, 2014
Sami Khedira Reuters

Germany

  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: Mats Hummels (thigh)
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Neuer; Boateng, Mertesacker, Mustafi, Höwedes; Kroos, Lahm, Schweinsteiger; Özil, Müller, Götze

Ghana

  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Dauda; Opare, Mensah, Boye, Asamoah; Essien, Muntari; Atsu, Boateng, Ayew; Gyan