Ghana (4-2-3-1): Duada, Afful, Mensah, Boye, Asamoah, Rabiu, Muntari, Atsu, Boateng, Ayew, Gyan
Ghana could field a very similar team to the one that defeated South Korea 4-0 in their recent friendly meaning Michael Essien and Emmanuel Badu could be left out for the match. With the recent injury to Majeed Waris, Christain Atsu looks to be the one who replaces him in attacking midfield. Hat-trick hero Jordan Ayew who scored three against South Korea could also be in contention for Waris, who remains a doubt after picking up a knock.
USA (4-4-1-1): Howard, Johnson, Cameron, Besler, Beasley, Zusi, Jones, Bradley, Davis, Dempsey, Altitore
USA go into their first match of the World Cup will a fully fit squad as Johnson and Beasley looks to threaten down the defensive flanks. Michael Bradley could be the creative spark in the middle of the park while Clint Dempsey serves as a deep lying forward to lone striker Jozy Altidore. Dempsey is the one to watch for USA as the player has the ability to cause Ghana a few problems when he runs into the opponent box.
— Derek View (@D_Wreck_View) June 16, 2014
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Ghana have met USA in each of their two previous participations in World Cups, winning 2-1 on both occasions (2006 group, 2010 second round).
Indeed USA were knocked out of the 2010 World Cup by Ghana; the last team to face the same opponent in consecutive World Cup games was Scotland, who were eliminated by Brazil in 1990 before facing them in their 1998 opener (they didn't qualify in 1994). This will also happen a few days before this match when the Netherlands face Spain.
Four of Ghana's previous nine World Cup goals have come against USA.
The USA have only kept two clean sheets in their last 23 games at the World Cup.
Ghana scored more goals than any other team in the 2014 African World Cup qualifiers (25).
No player scored more goals than Ghana's Asamoah Gyan in the 2014 African World Cup qualifiers (6). The former Sunderland man has also scored four and assisted two of Ghana's nine World Cup goals, and netted the winner against USA in 2010.
USA boss Jürgen Klinsmann played 17 games and scored 11 goals at the World Cup with Germany. This is his second World Cup as head-coach having led his home nation to third place in 2006.
Landon Donovan has been left out of the USA Squad for the 2014 World Cup. He is USA's top scorer at World Cups with five goals; he has scored three of their last four at the competition.