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World Cup: Cameroon v Brazil

 

 

 

 

Cameroon Screenshot 2014-06-04 10.54.08

• Cameroon already eliminated from the competition so their motivation is in question.
• Mood in the camp a major issue following violent on-field clash between players in last game. • Experimental line-up possible as there’s nothing at stake for Finke’s side.

Unavailable

Song – CM – Suspension

Team News

Doubtful

Eto’o – ST – 50%

Returning

None

Expected Team (4-3-3)

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Bench (from): Feudjou GK, Ndjock GK, Djeugoue RB, Nounkeu RB, Assou-Ekotto LB, Mbia RB/CB/DM, Enoh CM, Moukandjo RW/SS, Choupo-Moting LW/SS, Eto’o ST, Olinga ST

 

Tactical Keys to the Game:

  •   As there is nothing at stake it is possible Cameroon may change from their 4-3-3 shape. However, coach Finke will be keen to avoid an embarrassing defeat against the tournament hosts so a defensive-minded team is likely.
  •   Should he start, Bedimo’s attacking bursts down the left wing will be important. Playing for Lyon, he was one of Ligue 1’s best attacking full-backs in 2013-13. He can provide great width and reliable service from his flank.
  •   Also look out for the attacking power of Aboubakar. Despite getting little service against Croatia, he looked sharp. The scorer of 16 Ligue 1 goals for Lorient in 2013-14, he can pose a goals threat if he receives decent service.Motivational Keys to the Game:
  •   Cameroon are already out of the tournament so have nothing to play for in terms of points. The mood in the camp is also a major concern after the players fell out with one another on the pitch against Croatia.
  •   Finke called the behaviour of some of his players “disgraceful” after the Croatia defeat. The coach therefore faces an enormous challenge to improve the morale of the squad and unite the players before this game.

 

Brazil Screenshot 2014-06-04 10.13.08

• Will want to regain some pride after the disappointing 0-0 draw with Mexico and raise their performance levels. • Hulk again likely to be ruled out with a thigh injury.
• Will want to top the group and need a win to ensure they do so.

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None

Doubtful

Hulk – LW/RW – 20%

Returning

None

Expected Team (4-2-3-1)

Screenshot 2014-06-23 11.39.43

Team News

Bench (from): Jefferson GK, Victor GK, Maicon RB, Dante CB, Henrique CB, Maxwell LB, Fernandinho CM, Hernanes CM, Ramires CM/RW, Hulk LW/RW, Willian AM/RW, Jo ST

 

Tactical Keys to the Game:

  •   Brazil will need to move the ball at a much quicker pace than they did against Mexico, a frustrating game where the creative players found little space to run at the opposition back line.
  •   Cameroon have allowed too much space behind their full backs, something that was evident against Croatia as the opposition full backs got forward well. Dani Alves and Marcelo will push high but Bernard in particular will give Brazil width.
  •   Fred will need to show much greater movement and adaptability to cause a problem to the Cameroon defence. His static play did not move the Mexico defence around enough and Brazil struggled to get the ball into him.Motivational Keys to the Game:

 Brazil will want to restore some pride after a poor performance in the 0-0 draw with Mexico. They will want to top the group and already know they face a tough game in the 2nd phase with either the Netherlands or Chile awaiting them.

 

Group A – Game 3
Cameroon (40) v Brazil (1), Monday 23rd June 21:00 BST

Cameroon are already out after two defeats and there look to be major issues within the camp. Brazil, meanwhile, will look to bounce back from a disappointing display against Mexico as they aim to top the group.

In the six previous World Cup final group games since 1990 where a side has lost their opening two games and are playing a top-10 ranked team, they’ve suffered a third defeat five times but more significantly none of the matches have had more than three goals.

Brazil were on a 10 game winning streak before their draw last week and while they’ve kept eight clean sheets in their last 11 matches they looked poor going forward against Mexico, with Fred particularly lifeless up front. Since 2006 they’ve won 13 consecutive matches against African nations with nine wins by more than one goal and 10 coming to nil. Furthermore, they’ve won all 12 matches since 2011 against teams ranked 31-60 and 10 have been to nil with seven being 1-0 or 2-0.

Cameroon have lost their last six consecutive World Cup matches and there has been little to suggest they can avoid a seventh here. The Indomitable Lions have failed to score in five of their last seven competitive games and with Samuel Eto’o an injury doubt they are carrying even less threat than normal.

We can’t see Cameroon scoring here or holding out for a nil-nil but Brazil’s attack doesn’t convince either so we’d be surprised to see the hosts score too many. Furthermore, when they get ahead they may well ease off as they think about saving themselves for later in the competition.

 

 

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Brazil to win 2-0 at $9.0 Screenshot 2014-06-13 14.59.08

 

 

 

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