Brazil are set to play Ghana at the Stade Océane on Friday in an international friendly fixture.
Brazil come into this match on the back of a 1-0 win over Hajime Moriyasu’s Japan in their last match. A second-half penalty from Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar sealed the win for Tite’s Brazil.
Ghana, on the other hand, beat Chile 0-0 (1-3p) in their last match. Ghana managed to secure victory on penalties as they saw Clermont Foot right-back Alida Seida and Eupen midfielder Mubarak Wakasa sent off in the second half.
Brazil boasts an extremely talented squad. Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker, Chelsea center-back Thiago Silva, Real Madrid center-back Eder Militao, Manchester United midfield duo Casemiro and Fred, Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, and Tottenham Hotspur forward Richarlison have been appointed by manager Tito.
Roma center-back Roger Ibanez and Juventus center-back Gleison Bremer could make their potential debuts. Juventus left-back Alex Sandro is out injured. Arsenal’s “Gabriel” trio of Magalhaes, Jesus, and Martinelli have been dropped from the squad.
Ghana is also not short of talent. Leicester City center-back Daniel Amartey, Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey, Al-Sadd winger Andre Ayew, in-form Ajax youngster Mohammed Kudus, Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew and Rennes striker Kamaldeen Sulemana have all been named in the squad.
Brighton & Hove Albion right-back Tariq Lamptey, Southampton center-back Mohammed Salisu and Athletic Bilbao prop Inaki Williams could all make potential debuts.
Brazil vs Ghana Predicted XI
Brazil Predicted XI (4-3-3): Alisson Becker, Danilo, Thiago Silva, Eder Militao, Renan Lodi, Casemiro, Lucas Paqueta, Bruno Guimaraes, Richarlison, Neymar, Vinicius Junior
Ghana Predicted XI (4-1-4-1): Joe Wollacott, Tariq Lamptey, Joseph Aidoo, Mohammed Salisu, Baba Rahman, Thomas Partey, Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, Mohammed Kudus, Andre Ayew, Felix Afena-Gyan, Jordan Ayew
Brazil vs Ghana Prediction
Brazil will enter the upcoming World Cup as one of the favorites, and this highlights the strength and depth of the squad. Neymar continues to be the side’s star, but the emergence of Vinicius Junior as a world-class performer, combined with the experience of established names like Casemiro, Alisson Becker and Thiago Silva bodes well for Tite’s side.
Ghana, on the other hand, have the likes of Tariq Lamptey and Mohammed Salisu in their current squad. Lamptey is widely regarded as one of the best young players in the Premier League, while Salisu has slowly established himself in Southampton’s backline. However, there will be focus on Mohammed Kudus; the 22-year old was close to joining Everton this summer, but is now one of Ajax’s most important players.