Jun 26, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Arena Pernambuco, Recife

Gonzalez (37'), Beckerman (62')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Muller (55')
Howedes (11')

Preview: USA vs. Germany

Members of the Germany's national team pose prior to a Group G football match between Germany and Ghana at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 21, 2014
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Sports Mole looks ahead to the World Cup encounter between joint Group G leaders Germany and the USA.

Both the USA and Germany know that a draw is all that they require in Recife on Thursday to secure their places in knockout stages of the World Cup.

With one win and one draw from their first two group matches, the two nations are locked on four points, although the Germans sit top of Group G thanks to their superior goal difference.

In terms of team selection, having come off the bench last time out, reported Manchester United transfer target Bastian Schweinsteiger could be included in the German starting lineup, with Philipp Lahm potentially reverting to a more usual full-back position.

The USA, who are coached by former Germany international Jurgen Klinsmann, will continue to be without Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore because of a hamstring problem.

These two sides have met on nine previous occasions, with Germany leading 6-3. Their last fixture was back in June last year, when the Americans came out on top 4-3, thanks in part to a double from Clint Dempsey.

Recent form


Germany: WDDWWD

Possible starting lineups

USA: Howard; Johnson, Cameron, Besler, Beasley; Beckerman, Jones; Bedoya, Bradley, Zusi; Dempsey

Germany: Neuer; Howedes, Hummels, Mertesacker, Lahm; Schweinsteiger, Khedira; Ozil, Kroos, Gotze; Muller

Sports Mole says: 1-2

USA striker Jozy Altidore lies injured during his side's match with Ghana on June 16, 2014.
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