Jun 16, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Germany
4-0
Portugal
Muller (11' pen., 45', 78'), Hummels (31')
FT(HT: 3-0)

Pereira (10')
Pepe (36')

Preview: Germany vs. Portugal

Sports Mole previews Monday's World Cup Group G clash between Germany and Portugal.

Portugal boss Paulo Bento is expected to take a risk on star man Cristiano Ronaldo for tomorrow's World Cup Group G clash against Germany.

The Real Madrid forward has been struggling with both tendonitis and a thigh problem over the last two months, while his involvement in training has been sporadic.

However, it understood that the Ballon d'Or holder will feature from the onset on Monday as Portugal attempt to get their campaign off to a winning start.

Germany are currently on an 11-match unbeaten run in all competitions and breezed through their European qualification section for this summer's tournament, with nine wins and one draw leaving them eight points clear of second-placed Sweden.

It was Sweden that Portugal met in the playoffs after finishing second in their own qualification group, but Ronaldo inspired his side to an incredible 3-2 win in the second leg.

Portugal have also been on a strong run of form, however, with their last defeat occurring last September, when they were beaten 3-1 by Brazil in a friendly.

Germany have doubts over the fitness of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira, meaning that Philipp Lahm should come into a central midfield role.

The loss of Marco Reus shortly before the tournament also opens up a spot in the attack, with Lukas Podolski the favourite to operate behind Thomas Muller, who should start ahead of Miroslav Klose.

Benedikt Howedes, meanwhile, is expected to get the nod at left-back ahead of Erik Durm.

Aside from Ronaldo, Portugal boss Bento has a clean bill of health for the clash. His back four is expected to include two Champions League winners in Pepe and Fabio Coentrao.

Meanwhile, the early indications are that Hugo Almeida will start as the centre forward.

Recent form

Germany: WWDDW

Portugal: WWDWW

Possible starting lineups

Germany: Neuer; Boateng, Mertesacker, Hummels, Howedes; Lahm, Kroos; Gotze, Ozil, Podolski; Muller

Portugal: Patricio; Pereira, Pepe, Alves, Coentrao; Meireles, Veloso, Moutinho; Nani, Almeida, Ronaldo

Sports Mole says: 1-1

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's third goal against Sweden during their World Cup play-off match on November 19, 2013
Read Next:
Live Commentary: Ireland 1-5 Portugal - as it happened
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
3Chelsea24155445162950
4Liverpool23138254282647
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs24136547222545
6Arsenal24126645311442
7Leicester CityLeicester249783632434
8Burnley249781921-234
9Everton2477102639-1328
10Watford2475123344-1126
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2468103042-1226
12Bournemouth2467112536-1125
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
18Southampton24410102435-1122
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account