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USA vs Ghana: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :October 16, 2023 at 8:30 PM
Modified at :October 16, 2023 at 8:30 PM
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MLS side Nashville SC's home ground to host the friendly match

The United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) are all set to host Ghana for a friendly football game. This will be the first time Ghana will be going against USMNT in the United States. The game will be played at Geodis Park. It is the stadium where Nashville SC from the Eastern Conference plays its home games during Major League Soccer season as well in other competitions.

Both the USA and Ghana have a similar track record in their last three games. A loss recently and two wins previously. USA lost 3-1 to Germany's national football team at Rentschler Field while Mexico clinched a 2-0 victory against Ghana at Bank of America Stadium.

Kick-Off:

Wednesday, 18 October 2023 at 1:30 AM UK Time (6:00 AM IST)

Location: Geodis Park

Form

USA (in all competitions): L-W-W-L-W

Ghana (in all competitions): L-W-W-D-D

Players to Watch

Christian Pulisic (USA)

Christian Pulisic
Pulisic has 4 goals and an assist in 8 Serie A appearances this season

In the last fixture against Germany, Christian Pulisic gave his side an early lead in the 27-minute. By the hour mark Germany were cruising with a 3-1 score and that also happened to be the final score. Pulisic will remain a key player against Ghana as well. The AC Milan winger has 4 goals and an assist in 8 Serie A appearances this season. In the summer, Pulisic parted ways with Chelsea FC with whom he was associated since 2019.

Mohammed Kudus (Ghana)

The 23-year-old was seen moving cities in the summer. Mohammed Kudus left the Dutch side AFC Ajax to join West Ham United in London, England. The attacking midfielder has made 5 appearances amounting to a total of 71 minutes in the Premier League for The Hammers and still has a goal to his name. In the September international break, Kudus popped a goal each in two fixtures for the Ghana national team.

Match Facts

  • Since 2006, both have met four times. It has been an even contest as USA and Ghana have shared the spoils with 2 wins each
  • As per FIFA Men's Ranking, USA side is ranked 11th, just a spot behind Spain while Ghana is at 60th worldwide
  • In the last game, Ghana failed to register a single shot on target versus Mexico national football team

Injury & Team News

The USMNT side played Gio Reyna after a long time of absence. He hasn't played since the fallout with head coach Gregg Berhalter post 2022 FIFA World Cup. The 29-year-old Matt Turner should be the man once again in between the posts. While Pulisic can be seen in the usual left-wing position. This game could also see Lennard Maloney make his first appearance for the senior side of USMNT.

For the Ghana national football team, Mohammed Kudus will absolutely be the man on the team sheet to start for coach Chris Hughton. Although Arsenal's defensive midfielder was taken off at halftime in the Mexico defeat, Hughton has revealed it was pre-decided and is not a case of injury. The previous game also saw Stephan Ambrosius mark his first cap for the national side and will be eager to make the second against USA.

Head to Head

Total Matches – 4

USA wins – 2

Ghana wins – 2

Draws – 0

Predicted Lineup

USA predicted lineup (4-3-3):

Turner (GK); Scally, Richards, Ream, Dest; McKennie, Musah, Reyna; Weah, Balogun, Pulisic

Ghana predicted lineup (4-2-3-1):

Ati-Zigi (GK); Schindler, Aidoo, N. Opoku, Mensah; Ambrosius, Partey; Owusu, Kudus, Paintsil; Williams

Match Prediction for USA vs Ghana

The display of football was very good by USA against Germany in the 3-1 loss. The young squad is doing pretty well. Pulisic and Co will surely trouble the defences of the Ghana side. Although Thomas Partey has been reinstated in the Ghana lineup to help out the backline when in need, they have trouble generating output in front of the goal. We have seen them failing to put a shot on target against Mexico. The USA side should mark a win in their first time hosting Ghana on American soil.

Prediction: USA 2-0 Ghana

Telecast

India – No telecast

UK – Peacock

US – TNT, MAX, Peacock

Nigeria – No telecast

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