GHANA v AUSTRALIA
Venue: Royal Bafokeng Palace, Rustenburg
Kick-Off: 15h30 SA Time (13h30 GMT)
Coverage: Beezsports Live Text Coverage
Australia are expected to make major changes to their team should the coach succumb to media-driven panic following an embarassing 1-4 drubbing at the hands of Germany in their opening match.
Key man Tim Cahill is serving a match's suspension, with FIFA having confirmed that he, just like Itumeleng Khune of South Africa, will serve just one match ban. Cahill will be replaced by Harry Kewell, who is set to be partnered by Josh Kennedy upfront.
Vince Grella is out following a knee injury and is set to be replaced in the defence midfield role.
Moore, Neill and Valeri are sitting on yellow cards and could face suspension from the match match if they pick up anotherr yellow card.
Ghana has reported a clean bill of health with no injuries at all. With young Andre Ayew playing the game of his life in the opening match against Serbia which Ghana won 1-0, experienced midfielder Sulley Muntari of Inter Milan is likely to find himself starting from the bench. Another star of the show in the opneing match Kevin Prince Boateng is expected to start again.
Vorsah and Prince Tagoe are just a card away from suspension.
MATCH STATS AND HISTORY
Ghana, in beating Serbia 1-0 became the first team to collect 3 points at the 2010 World Cup after the opening two matches ended in draws.
Australia became the first team to suffer the heaviest defeat at the 2010 World Cup when they went down 1-4 to Germany. They were to be later joined by South Korea who suffered a similar defeat at the hands of Argentina.
Ghana have the youngest team at the tournament, with the average age reported to be 25, while Australia is reported to have the oldest team with an average age of 31.
There have been 7 meetings between the two countries before today's match. Statistics favour Australia who have won four matches, while Ghana have won only three. The other match ended in a draw.
01 Agyei,02 Sarpei,03 Gyan,04 Pantsil,05 Mensah,06 Annan,07 Inkoom,08 Mensah
09 Boateng,10 Appiah,11 Muntari,12 Tagoe,13 Ayew,14 Amoah,15 Vorsah,16 Ahorlu
17 Ayew,18 Adiya,19 Addy,20 Owusu-Abeyie,21 Asamoah,22 Kingson,23 Boateng
01 Schwarzer,02 Neill,03 Moore,04 Cahill,05 Culina,06 Beauchamp,07 Emerton
08 Wilkshire,09 Kennedy,10 Kewell,11 Chipperfield,12 Federici,13 Grella
14 Holman,15 Jedinak,16 Valeri,17 Rukavytsya,18 Galekovic,19 Garcia,
20 Milligan,21 Carney,22 Vidosic,23 Bresciano