Ghana cross swords with Brazil: Team news, match facts, predicted lineups and prediction

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World’s most decorated country Brazil will face-off with Ghana in an International friendly game at the Stade Oceane Le Havre, France on Friday.

The game forms part of preparations of the two countries for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be played in Qatar in November and December.

Brazil who are without a World Cup since 2002 will hope to use the game to be well acquainted with playing an African opposition as they’ve been drawn in Group G with Cameroon, alongside Serbia and Switzerland.

Ghana on the other hand will hope the game against the five times World Champions will provide good preparation for facing Uruguay in their final match in Group H at the World Cup.

Head to Head

The two teams have in the past met on 3 occasions, with Brazil winning all the games by an aggregate scoreline of 5-0.

  • 27 June 2006 (FIFA World Cup) – Brazil vs Ghana 3-0
  • 27 March 2007 (International Friendly) – Brazil vs Ghana 1-0
  • 05 Sept 2011 (International Friendly) – Brazil vs Ghana 1-0

Teams News

Brazil

To the surprise of many, Brazil head into the game which provides a fair idea of how Head Coach Tite will like set his team up at the Mundial without the services of Arsenal trio Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhães.

The trio who have been decent at the start of this season for the Gunners were conspicuously left out by Tite. Despite their absence, Tite has an array of talents to choose from. The likes of Neymar, Vinicius Jnr, Raphinha, Thiago Silva and so on are all available for selection.

Meanwhile, Juventus left-back Alex Sandro has withdrawn from the squad due to a thigh injury.

Predicted lineup

Ghana

Head Coach of Ghana, Otto Addo heads into the game with almost all the players he summoned available. Hull City forward Benjamin Tetteh is the only player unavailable. Tetteh was ruled out of the games due to a hamstring injury that will keep him on the sidelines for months.

New boys Inaki Williams, Mohammed Salisu, Ransford Yeboah Koningsdorffer, Tariq Lamptey and Stephen Ambrosius are all available for selection for the first time.

The likes of Thomas Partey, Baba Iddrisu and Elisha Owusu are all available for selection after recovering from respective injuries.

Predicted lineup

Kick of time and where to watch

The game will kick off at 18:30 GMT and will be telecasted on Super Sports, Max TV, StarTimes Adepa channel and Ghana Football app, which is available to download on Google Play store and Apple Store.

Prediction

Brazil head into the game in strong form. The Samba boys are unbeaten since losing the Copa America final to Argentina in July 2021, Tite’s men have gone unbeaten in 13 games, winning 10 and scoring 30 goals.

For Ghana, it is the opposite. The Black Stars have only won one of their 11 matches in 2022, with that victory coming against lowly ranked Madagascar.

The arrival of Inaki Williams, Mohammed Salisu, Ransford Yeboah, Tariq Lamptey and Stephen Ambrosius improves the Black Stars team, but it is hard to see Ghana causing danger to the Brazilians.

Brazil 2-0 Ghana

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