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Switzerland vs Cameroon Preview – team news, how to watch & potential line-ups

Switzerland and Cameroon are set to kick things off in a tight-looking 2022 World Cup Group G at the Al Janoub Stadium on Thursday.

One of the most challenging sections in Qatar will see tournament favourites Brazil and star-studded Serbia meet in the other opening-matchday fixture later in the day.

Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia shared the stage in Russia four years ago, with the latter falling behind the two in the race for the knockout stage.

With Murat Yakin at the helm in place of Vladimir Petkovic, who helped La Nati to the round of 16 in 2018, the Swiss side will hope to at least match the feat they achieved in Russia and make it out of the group phase.

Switzerland will contest their fifth successive World Cup in Qatar on the back of some giant-killing performances.

Yakin’s side topped their World Cup qualifying group without a single loss (W5, D3), leaving defending Euro champions Italy in the dust while conceding a mere two goals in the process. 

After missing out in 2018, Cameroon arrive in Group G, searching for their first knockout appearance at the World Cup since 1990 after overcoming Algeria in a nerve-shredding play-off. 

Manager Rigobert Song, who featured in five World Cup finals as a player, has been tasked with guiding the Indomitable Lions to their first win at the tournament since 2002. 


However, the Cameroonians head into the competition winless in four warm-up matches (D2, L2), including a brace of 1-1 draws against Jamaica and Panama, respectively. 

Match Preview

Switzerland

Since a 5-0 demolition at the hands of Germany in 1966, Switzerland haven’t lost a single opening contest in their five subsequent World Cup appearances (W2, D3). 

Progressing into the knockout rounds as runners-up seems the most realistic prospect for La Nati, especially as they’ve secured a second-place finish in six of their seven successful World Cup group campaigns.

But inspired by three consecutive victories from the final stretch of the 2022 UEFA Nations League season, Switzerland may even eye up a top spot for the first time since 2006.

Cameroon

Cameroon’s eighth appearance at the World Cup finals makes them the most successful African nation in this regard, but they’ll be desperate to make this one count. 

Having lost their last seven World Cup outings, the Indomitable Lions are only two short of Mexico’s all-time unwanted record of nine straight defeats.

If that’s not enough to make Song sweat, his men have lost both previous international fixtures on hostile turf without scoring, with South Korea and Equatorial Guinea taking them down in that sequence.

Switzerland vs Cameroon Head-to-Head

While Switzerland and Cameroon have never faced each other before, La Nati have fond memories of their only previous World Cup encounter against an African nation.

They defeated Togo 2-0 in 2006 en route to topping the group for the only time in the country’s history. 

As for the Cameroonians, they’ve claimed three points against European opposition at the World Cup only once in 14 attempts, drawing five times and losing the other eight. But some traditions are made to be broken.

Switzerland vs Cameroon Potential Line-ups

Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Yann Sommer; Silvan Widmer, Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez; Remo Freuler, Granit Xhaka; Xherdan Shaqiri, Djibril Sow, Ruben Vargas; Breel Embolo.

Cameroon (4-3-3): Andre Onana; Enzo Ebosse, Jean-Charles Castelletto, Nicolas Nkoulou, Collins Fai; Olivier Ntcham, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Samuel Gouet; Bryan Mbeumo, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Karl Toko Ekambi.

Switzerland vs Cameroon Prediction 

After leaving 2020 European Championship winners Italy at home and beating reigning world champions France in the tournament’s round of 16 last summer, Switzerland will show up in a confident mood. 

They should have the upper hand over this underperforming Cameroon side as we back Yakin’s team to paint their group-stage opener with flying colours.

Switzerland 2-0 Cameroon 

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