Switzerland and Cameroon are meeting for the first time ever, knowing that in a group where Brazil and Serbia are also present, a loss is basically a farewell to the World Cup. But the hottest name in this Switzerland vs Cameroon match is probably the referee. Facundo Tello is the official who issued ten (yes, ten) red cards in the Argentinian Trofeo de Campeones, between Boca Juniors and Racing Club. Even without this extreme, a special situation he found himself in, the Argentinian ref is known for easily handing out reds.
Switzerland vs Cameroon
Date: 24 November 2022
Time: 10:00 (GMT)
Venue: Al Janoub Stadium (Al-Wakrah)
Switzerland was one of the pleasant surprises of Euro 2020, where they beat World Champions France. The architect of that team, Vladimir Petkovic, is no longer the manager of the national team. He left the position after 7 years and was succeeded by Murat Yakin. A Swiss football legend himself, Yakin doesn’t have Petkovic’s experience, but the Swiss Football Federation strongly supports him.
His 26-man squad is a strong one, although there are two notable absences. Injured Kevin Mbabu and out-of-form Steven Zuber, the top assist-provider of Euro 2020, did not travel to Qatar for the World Cup.
Switzerland’s two big stars, Xhaka and Shaqiri, will be the team’s focal point in the Switzerland vs Cameroon match. What is yet unclear is who will start between the sticks for Switzerland. Yan Sommer battles with fitness issues and Yakin had to call four goalkeepers for the World Cup. Dortmund’s Gregor Kobel is most likely to get the starting position, but Jonas Omlin was also used with the starters in one of the latest training sessions.
Cameroonian football legend and current president of the Cameroon Football Federation, Samuel Eto’o, stated that anything less than a Final appearance will be a failure for his team. And that comes from Eto’o. Possibly the best footballer the country has ever produced, who never managed to lead the team past the group stage. So he might just be setting the bar a bit too high.
Andre Onana, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Erix Maxim Choupo-Moting are quality players, that is true, but Cameroon has seen better rosters in the past.
Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Kobel; Widmer, Akanji, Elvedi, Rodriguez; Freuler, Xhaka; Shaqiri, Sow, Vargas; Embolo
Cameroon (4-2-3-1): Onana; Fai, N’Koulou, Castelleto, Tolo; Anguissa, Ntcham; Mbeumo, Choupo-Moting, Toko Ekambi; Aboubakar
Switzerland vs Cameroon Betting Tip
The pressure Eto’o has put on the Cameroon squad is immense. It wouldn’t be surprising if the team imploded after that. Switzerland to win is the top pick for the Switzerland vs Cameroon World Cup tie.
Switzerland vs Cameroon Pick: Switzerland to win @1.75
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