The opening tie of Group G at Qatar 2022, Switzerland vs Cameroon, sees two head coaches taking on their first major tournament for these nations on the 24th November.
Taking place at Al Janoub Stadium, Murat Yakin will be hoping to rekindle his Basel success with the Swiss national team, while Cameroon legend Rigobert Song seeks to impress in his first full-time first-team head coach role.
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- Switzerland’s top-class defensive talents allow the attack to flow.
- Cameroon to throw two strikers at the Swiss defence.
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Switzerland will be tough to score against
Just as he did in his incredible spell as the Basel boss, when Murat Yakin took on the Switzerland job after the Euros in 2021, he established a strong run of form, hinged on a tried-and-trusted 4-2-3-1 formation. After securing 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, though, the Basel-native started experimenting with more attack-minded formations, but now has a record of one win, four losses, and a draw since the last qualifier.
Yakin’s six games in charge for the last run of World Cup qualifiers were certainly impressive. Two draws with Italy proved pivotal to Switzerland’s first-place finish in Group C. The Swiss trumped Italy by two points to qualify, following on from the unprecedented and valiant run to the Euro 2020 Quarter-Finals.
With this being Switzerland’s fifth consecutive World Cup showing with an exciting new head coach, the Nati will be hoping to outdo recent efforts that have mostly ended in the Round of 16. Underpinning the side, regardless of formation, will be defensive aces Manuel Akanji, Denis Zakaria, Nico Elvedi, Silvan Widmer, and Ricardo Rodríguez, with the sure-hands of Yann Sommer in goal.
Cameroon trust in their abundance of attacking strength
Much like his opposite number, Rigobert Song is a young manager at 46-years-old, and this will be his first World Cup. That said, this is the Cameroon legend’s first-ever first-team head coach role, so there’re many unknowns about his approach. In three games to date, he’s favoured a 4-4-2 approach with deep central midfielders, losing 1-0 and then winning 2-1 and 1-0 in competitive matches.
Prior to Song being gifted the job by the Samuel Eto’o-led CFF, Cameroon topped their group convincingly with five wins and one loss, booting out Côte d’Ivoire. In the Third Round, Song’s first game in charge resulted in a close loss to Algeria, but a 2-1 away win after extra time in the second leg saw the Indomitable Lions through. With the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers in the books, Cameroon returns to the tournament after an eight-year absence.
Despite the new manager, Cameroon will likely arrive at the Qatar World Cup 2022 with many of the same players who came third in the 2021 African Cup of Nations, which took place in Cameroon in 2022. Karl Toko Ekambi is an ever-present on the left wing, while the strike force could see Vincent Aboubakar and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting team up. Still, the best player on the field will likely be defensive midfielder André Zambo Anguissa.
|Karl Toko Ekambi||Forward||8||3|
|Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting||Forward||6||3|
|Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu||Forward||6||1|
|André Zambo Anguissa||Midfielder||6||1|
Betting tips and odds on Switzerland vs Cameroon in FIFA World Cup 2022 Group G
Switzerland come into this FIFA World Cup 2022 Group G clash as the favourites at 5/6, with their African opponents out at 26/7 to walk away with three points. Given the strength of the Swiss defence, midfield, and in goal, even with the sharpshooters at Song’s disposal, 17/10 for Switzerland to win to nil looks appealing.
Of course, Switzerland are also the narrow second-favourites to take Group G at 9/2. Those odds are well behind Brazil, but distinctly better than the 12/1 given to Cameroon. The Swiss also have rather good odds of making it to the Quarter-Finals at 10/3.
Switzerland vs Cameroon takes place on the 24th November at 10 am in the UK, with the match being shown by ITV.
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