Switzerland vs Cameroon Match Analysis & Prediction
24/11/2022 1:00 pm
Switzerland and Cameroon meet for the first time ever Al Janoub Stadium on Thursday, as the two nations kick off what could be a very competitive World Cup 2022 Group G.
The Swiss head into the World Cupp off the back of a quarter-final run at Euro 2020, while Cameroon finished third at the Africa Cup of Nations.
After four international competitions, it will take some getting used to seeing Switzerland without Vladmir Petkivic on the touchline, as former Schaffhausen manager Murat Yakin takes the national team to a World Cup for the first time.
Since taking charge in August 2021, the Balser has overseen an impressively successful World Cup qualifying campaign, remaining unbeaten with 18 points from a possible 24 to top the group ahead of Italy.
They also retained their place in League A of the Nations League, bouncing back from three successive defeats to defeat Portugal, Spain and Czech Republic in another impressive run of victories.
Despite a 2-0 loss to Ghana in their final warm-up game, Switzerland will be confident ahead of a fourth consecutive World Cup, with Breel Embolo and captain Granit Xhaka heading to Qatar in great form.
Meanwhile, Cameroon have struggled for form since their Africa Cup of Nations run, winning just one of their last five, with that victory coming against Burundi.
The Indomitable Lions qualified for Qatar in dramatic fashion, as Karl Toko Ekambi broke Algerian hearts to qualify for their eighth World Cup back in March.
Cameroon are actually the fourth-lowest ranked side in the entire tournament, finding themselves 28 places behind Switzerland, and 22 adrift of anyone else in Group G.
However, with attacking talent such as Toko Ekambi and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, the five-time African champions will head into this crucial World Cup 2022 opener with real belief.
Switzerland vs. Cameroon Head to head
These two nations have not previously met in any competition and this will be their first meeting in the World Cup 2022.
Switzerland Team News
Borussia Monchengladbach shot-stoper Yann Sommer suffered an ankle injury back in October, but having played Ghana last week, he should be available from the outset, even if not fully fit.
Remo Freuler, Manuel Akanji, Denis Zakaria and Fabian Schar should all feature, with Xherdan Shaqiri adding to his 109 caps.
Switzerland's Last 5 Matches
27/09/2022Switzerland2Czech Republic1Nations League
Cameroon Team News
Cameroon look to have a fully fit squad to choose from, as Brentford forward Bryan Mbuemo joins the attacking ranks ahead of this competition.
Napoli midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa will be a key force in the middle of the park, while Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana will feature between the sticks.
Cameroon's Last 5 Matches
03/09/2022Cameroon2Equatorial Guinea0African Nations Championship Qualification
Switzerland vs. Cameroon: Odds and Predictions
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