Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium
Time: 24.11.2022, 01:00 PM
On Thursday, Switzerland will kick off their World Cup campaign with a matchup against African side Cameroon at the Al Janoub Stadium. Cameroon remained the most successful of all the African countries in this tournament and will be hopeful of a strong finish here. They are paired with World Football Powerhouse, Brazil and Serbia, which presents them with a slim chance of progressing.Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
FIFA Ranking: 15th
Last five games: LWWWL
The Red Crosses head into this tournament for the 12th time with three successful quarter-finals finish. Switzerland have qualified for the World Cup in the last four consecutive contests. They were eliminated in the round of 16 in Russia 2018 by Sweden.
The Murat Yakima side secured the ticket to this edition with zero losses in eight games. They secured the top spot in Group C qualifying table, the same points as Italy. Switzerland found the back of the net fifteen times while conceding twice.
The last five competitive Switzerland games ended in a (2-0) loss to Cameroon in a friendly match, (a 2-0) defeat against Spain in the qualifying round and victories against Portugal, Czech and Spain.
Switzerland Starting 11 (4-2-3-1): Sommer; Widmer, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Freuler, Xhaka; Shaqiri, Sow, Vargas; Embolo.
Key Player: Granit Xhaka
FIFA Ranking: 43rd
Last five matches: WLLDD
The Indomitable Lions make their 8th appearance in this competition; they have been the best African side in this competition. Their most impressive performance was recorded in the year 1990 when they made it to the quarterfinals but were knocked out by England in a (3-2) thrilling encounter. Since then, they have managed just one victory in their last fifteen World Cup games.
Cameroon secured their place in Qatar after their tremendous comeback against Algeria in the qualifying round. Rigoberto Song's side have struggled in their last five games, with four points from a possible fifteen. They have failed to keep a clean sheet in their previous five games and head into this game following a stalemate against Panama in a friendly match.
Cameroon Starting 11 (4-3-3): Onana; Ebosse, Castelletto, Nkoulou, Fai; Ntcham, Zambo Anguissa, Gouet; Mbeumo, Choupo-Moting, Ekambi.
Key Player; Choupo-Moting
Expert Betting Tips
Cameroon couldn’t win the AFCON despite being the host nation and have struggled since then. They have aged players who are almost past their peak. At the same time, Switzerland had incredible Euros but failed to impress in the UEFA National League. We expect an impressive performance from both sides when they lock horns tomorrow and anticipate a win for Switzerland for 1.79.
Switzerland are blessed with great midfielders and decent forwards, and we expect them to win and score more than a goal for 2.20.
A total of over 2.5 goals might surface here for 2.25.
No chance for the Indomitable Lions here, as they lack creativity in the midfield.