Brazil has been one of the most dominant sides as of late and the hosts are largely tipped to win the world cup. However, their lackluster performance in their last game against Mexico will make many think otherwise. No credit taken away from the phenomenal shift put in by the Mexican goalkeeper, but with Neymar, Fred and Hulk in the lineup, Brazil failed to make the most of it.
They now move on to their final group A encounter against Cameroon knowing that only a win will secure their position as the group toppers. The fans too will be an unforgiving bunch if Brazil falters here and hence there is a lot more riding on this encounter for them. Neymar, with 2 goals to his name will look to add more to his tally. The Cameroon defense has already conceded 5 goals in two games and will look inviting for Neymar and co to have a field day.
Cameroon on the other hand has ensured that Eto’o’s last world cup is nothing short of a disaster. They have failed to put in a single solid performance and this game is just a dead rubber for them. However, in case they manage to beat Brazil and cause a major upset, there would be nothing like it. Sides like Mexico and Croatia pin a lot of hopes on this result and hence the Cameroonians still have a chance to play spoilsport.
Brazil (4-2-3-1): Julio Cesar; Marcelo, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Dani Alves; Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho; Neymar, Oscar, Hulk; Fred
Cameroon (4-3-3): Charles Itandje; Henri Bedimo, Aurelien Chedjou, Nicolas N’Koulou, Allan Nyom; Eyong Enoh, Stephane M’Bia, Joel Matip; Benjamin Moukandjo, Samuel Eto’o, Maxim Choupo-Moting
Cameroon beat Brazil the last time the sides faced one another in the 2003 Confederations cup
Cameroon have scored only one goal against Brazil in over 4 fixtures
Cameroon are yet to score in this year’s world cup
This will be Brazil’s 100th world cup match
Prediction: 2-0 to Brazil
Players to watch out for:
Brazil – Neymar – He missed out on adding to his tally against Mexico thanks to some fine goalkeeping and he will now look to make amends. With stars like Muller and Robben already racing ahead on goal count, Neymar has to step on the gas.
Cameroon – Eto’o’s last world cup match perhaps and the Chelsea striker will look to exit on a high. He faces a daunting task of breaking down a solid Brazilian defense and he should be up for the task.