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2022 World Cup: Ghana's predicted XI to face Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal

08:38 GMT 23/11/2022
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The Black Stars will be eyeing a winning start to their group stage campaign in Qatar, but who is likely to start for the West African giants?

Ghana are set to go head-to-head with Portugal in the 2022 Fifa World Cup Group H match at Stadium 974 on Thursday.
This will be the Black Stars' maiden match in a group that also includes tough teams in Uruguay and South Korea, and it will be imperative for the West African giants to get a positive result against a Portugal side led by Cristiano Ronaldo.
GOAL predicts coach Otto Addo's starting line-up as they take aim at the 2016 European champions.

  • GK_Lawrence Ati-Zigi

    GOALKEEPER - Lawrence Ati-Zigi

    Having kept a clean sheet in a recent win over Switzerland in a friendly match, the 25-year-old has been tipped to start ahead of Ibrahim Danlad and Abdul Manaf Nurudeen due to his international experience.

  • Tariq Lamptey of Ghana vs Switzerland

    RIGHT-BACK - Tariq Lamptey

    The Brighton and Hove Albion star has been backed to become the Black Stars' new first-choice right-back after switching his international allegiance from England to Ghana. 

  • DF_Baba Rahman

    LEFT-BACK - Baba Rahman

    Ghana's first-choice left-back will be relishing facing the likes of Bernardo Silva and Rafael Leao who are both expected to start alongside Ronaldo in attack for Portugal.

  • DF_Daniel Amartey

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Daniel Amartey

    Boasting 46 caps for Ghana, the England-based star will bring some needed international experience and stability to the Black Stars' defence.

  • DF_Mohammed Salisu

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Mohammed Salisu

    Another newcomer in the Black Stars fold who is expected to start for Otto's side having scored against Switzerland and he will be looking to tame Ronaldo who remains a free scoring striker at international level.

  • Thomas Partey Ghana

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Thomas Partey

    The Arsenal star was an unused substitute against Switzerland, but he looks set to make his return to the starting line-up and he will be the shield that protects Ghana's defence.

  • MF_Salis Abdul Samed

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Salis Abdul Samed

    The 22-year-old, who is also a newcomer in the Black Stars set-up with one cap, was very influential in midfield during the game against Switzerland and he could be rewarded with another starting role.

  • MF_Andre Ayew

    ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Andre Ayew

    The Black Stars captain recently became the Ghanaian player with the most caps (110) and he will be confident of leading his nation to a win over the Navigators. 

  • MF_Mohammed Kudus

    LEFT FORWARD - Mohammed Kudus

    The Ajax attacker, who is highly rated by Otto, will pose a threat to the Portuguese defence with his sublime ball control, incisive passing and dribbling skills. 

  • Jordan Ayew Ghana

    RIGHT FORWARD - Jordan Ayew

    Having scored 19 goals from 84 matches for the Black Stars, the experienced forward will be determined to add to his tally in Doha.

  • FW_Inaki Williams

    CENTRE FORWARD - Inaki Williams

    The former Spain international has quickly become a regular for the four-time African champions after pledging his international allegiance to Ghana and he is keen to score his first goal for the Black Stars.