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Germany's players celebrate a goalReuters

Germany will take on Portugal in the first match of Group G in the 2014 Fifa World Cup at the Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador on Monday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 5pm BST. Live coverage is on ITV. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Overview

Germany come into the tournament as one of the favourites to go all the way. They have not won the World Cup since 1990. According to many experts, the Germans have the most complete squad.

However, Joachim Low's men have not had the best of run-ups to the tournament. They have been blighted by injuries to key players, like Marco Reus, Lars Bender and his brother Sven. But the return of Philip Lahm and Manuel Neuer should boost their confidence.

Portugal Players
Portugal PlayersReuters

Meanwhile, Portugal are also sweating on the fitness of their star man and ever dependable Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid man has been suffering from knee tendonitis but looks set to start in the key group G clash.

Paulo Bento's side who had a good run out against the Republic of Ireland in their last warm up game should be rearing to go and put on a good show in this edition of the World Cup.

What Managers Say

Joachim Low (Germany): "Portugal is a great team, but if we work well as a team and defend well, seizing the opportunities we create, we have great potential to go far... We have quality and talent. In these last several days, during practice, I felt certain expectation and tension. Everyone is more excited, and we are ready for the World Cup,"

Paulo Bento (Portugal): "We have a very good team. It is a team that has participated in big championships and had positive results, bearing in mind the size of the country. We're going to try to have a good World Cup but our first objective is to pass through the group phase, so having the best player in the world available to us makes us very pleased."

Team Form

Germany

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W D D W W
  • Last result: Germany 6 – 1 Armenia

Portugal

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W D W W
  • Last result: Portugal 5 – 1 Republic of Ireland

Germany

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

Possible Lineup: Neuer; Boateng, Hummels, Mertesacker, Hoewedes; Khedira, Lahm; Kroos, Özil, Podolski; Müller

Portugal

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

Possible lineup: Patricio; Pereira, Pepe, Alves, Coentrao; Veloso, Moutinho, Meireles; Ronaldo, Almeida, Varela.