World Cup Group G play will see Switzerland and Cameroon meet Thursday in their opener. The two teams are joined by Brazil and Serbia in the group, with the Swiss looking like the favorites to advance in second place behind the South Americans, widely viewed as one of the cup favorites. Cameroon make their return to the competition after missing out in 2018, but the team has not made it out of the group stage in their last five participations.
Switzerland hopes to secure early points in a tough Group G when it faces Cameroon in its World Cup opener on Thursday after a year of solid performances on the European stage. The Swiss reached the Euro 2020 quarterfinals before losing a penalty shootout to Spain. It also finished ahead of Italy in its World Cup qualifying group to avoid the playoffs.
With Granit Xhaka anchoring the midfield and Xherdan Shaqiri commanding the flank, Switzerland is expected to dominate Cameroon and, at the very least, cause trouble for its other group opponents Serbia and favourites Brazil.
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How to watch and odds
- Date: Thursday, Nov. 24 | Time: 5 a.m. ET
- Location: Al Janoub Stadium — Al Wakrah, Qatar
- TV: FS1 and Telemundo | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
- Odds: Switzerland -140; Draw +240; Cameroon +440 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
The biggest question mark comes between the posts. Manager Murat Yakin has selected four goalkeepers due to injury concerns over starter Yann Sommer and back-up Jonas Omlin, calling up RB Salzburg’s Philipp Kohn as one of two uncapped members of the squad.
Although Cameroon is considered the least likely side in the section to reach the round of 16, the attacking talent of players such as Napoli’s Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa has the potential to rattle the Swiss defence.
But Cameroon – playing in an eighth World Cup, a record number of appearances for an African nation – has failed to leave its mark at the finals since the 1990 edition of the tournament, when it dazzled by reaching the quarterfinals.
The Indomitable Lions have gone out at the group stage of all the World Cups it has played in since its 1990 exploits, winning only one of 15 matches.
Cameroon will aim to at least get another World Cup victory this time, a task that could prove difficult for a side that qualified thanks to a stoppage-time goal at the end of extra time in the second leg of its playoff tie away to Algeria.
Switzerland: This national team has grown plenty over the last decade and are now dark horses for a deep run in major tournaments. With a talented midfield, experience all over and a top goalkeeper in Yann Sommer, they can compete. They’ve scored wins over the last couple years against France, Spain and Portugal. And while names like Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri in the midfield will make noise, this defense has talent with Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji and Emray Comert resulting in some serious depth at center back.
Cameroon: With star goalkeeper Andre Onana, they can stay in every game. But who is going to be the creator in the middle? This isn’t the Cameroon of the Samuel Eto’o days, but if they can find that midfielder to create chances, there is enough in attack with Vincent Aboubakar, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and others to get them over the hump and into the knockout stage.