Brazil vs Ghana team news and possibly line up

Xorkpe Sosu
By Xorkpe Sosu
Brazil vs Ghana predicted lineup

An international friendly between Brazil and Ghana is scheduled on Friday 18:30 Greenwich Mean Time.

The game will be held in Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, which will assist the majority of the players from both countries who are based in Europe travel less.

Brazilians are entirely focused on the World Cup this winter in Qatar after cruising through World Cup qualification with 45 points from 17 games in the CONMEBOL section.

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The five-time world winners have not raised the Jules Rimet trophy Since winning it in South Korea and Japan in 2002 when Ronaldo scored twice to help his team defeat Germany 2-0 in the finals.

Brazil national team

The closest they have been to breaking their record since then was the terrible 7-1 thrashing they received at the hands of Die Mannschaft in the 2014 semifinal on home soil, but there is a growing sense that this could be their year under Tite.

The 61-year-old made the announcement earlier this year that he would quit his post as head coach after the World Cup in Qatar, making the event his final opportunity to establish a really enduring legacy with his nation.

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The friendly encounter against Ghana on Friday will serve as valuable practice for the World Cup match against Cameroon, which will be their final match in Group G.

Serbia and Switzerland were also put in the group, which Brazil will be expected to dominate from the start.

Ghana, meanwhile, won the CAF section’s final qualifying round against Nigeria on away goals to advance to the World Cup for the first time since 2014.

Black stars of Ghana

The Black Stars advanced to their fourth World Cup after a 0-0 draw in Kumasi, while Nigeria were unable to capitalize on William Troost-equalizer Ekong’s from the penalty spot in the second leg in Abuja.

Those were Otto Addo’s first and second matches in charge after the 47-year-old took over from Milovan Rajevac following Ghana’s miserable performance at the Africa Cup of Nations, when they only managed to pick up one point from their three group stage games.

After his team’s valiant advancement at the expense of the Super Eagles, the former Borussia Dortmund winger, who won 15 caps for Ghana during his playing career, was promoted from temporary coach to full-time manager.

After that, he assisted Ghana in earning four points from two games in AFCON qualifying before the Kirin Cup, where Ghana lost to Japan and drew with Chile.

In advance of the winter World Cup, where they will play Portugal, Uruguay, and South Korea in a Group H that appears to be quite tough, there is no doubt that Friday’s travel to France to face Brazil will serve as Oddo’s hardest test in command thus far.

Gabriel Jesus, who has contributed four goals and three assists in a brilliant start to his Arsenal career, is without a doubt Tite’s greatest omission in his team for the upcoming friendlies against Ghana and Tunisia.

It still comes as a surprise to see players like Roberto Firmino, Mattheus Cunha, and Flamengo’s Pedro selected ahead of the 25-year-old despite the fact that he has battled to maintain a consistent berth in Brazil’s starting XI.

Gabriel Martinelli, a club teammate of Jesus’s, was also overlooked despite performing well for the Gunners, while Alex Sandro withdrew from the squad due to a thigh injury, thus Renan Lodi of Nottingham Forest may come in at left-back.

Tite will probably rotate between the two games, but against Ghana on Friday, he’ll probably go with as close to his strongest starting lineup as possible, which will lead to a competitive race between Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta to join Neymar, Vinicius Junior, and Raphinha in attack.

Ghana has called up Tariq Lamptey and Inaki Williams for the first time after they switched allegiances from England and Spain while Mohammed Salisu is also set to make his international debut.

A timely boost for Addo who will almost definitely start the Partey after his coming back from injury to start for Arsenal in their 3-0 victory over Brentford last weekend.

Otto Addo might be tempted to try Mohammed Kudus after been a standout for Ajax this season, scoring a goal against Liverpool at Anfield.

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Here is Brazil’s possible starting line-up for the game: 

Alisson, Militão, Marquinhos, Silva; Telles; Casemiro; Raphinha, Paqueta, Neymar, Vinicius; Richarlison.

Ghana possible starting lineup:

Jojo Wollacott; Denis Odoi; Daniel Amartey; Alexander Djiku; Gideon Mensah; Tariq Lamptey; Baba Iddrisu; Thomas Partey; Mohammed Kudus; Iñaki Williams; Jordan Ayew.

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