Switzerland-Cameroon opens the first day of Group G of the World Cup, which also includes Brazil and Serbia. The Swiss arrive in Qatar with high expectations after qualifying first in Italy’s group. The team coached by Murat Yakin also performed admirably in the second half of the Nations League, winning three consecutive games, but fell to Ghana in the final friendly before the start of the World Cup. This formation will rely above all on Embolo’s goals and on the quality and experience of Shaqiri. The best placement of the Swiss in this tournament is the quarterfinals, which they reached back in 1954.
Cameroon also reached the quarterfinals in 1990, although this time the circumstances were much less exciting. The grouping is difficult for the team coached by Rigobert Song, which will still have important players to rely on, including Choupo-Moting of Bayern Munich and Toko Ekambi. In the last four friendlies, there have been two draws and two defeats, moreover against quite mediocre opponents, which has not given much confidence to the indomitable Lions in view of this debut in Qatar. The two selections have never faced each other before, and this will be their first direct clash.
Switzerland’s last international friendly game was against Ghana, and they lost 2-0. Today, they will try to do better than they did in that game.
In recent years, Switzerland has not had a lot of success in maintaining its defense for the whole three-quarters of an hour. The fact of the matter is that Switzerland’s defense has been broken into in 5 of their last 6 matches, resulting in a total of 9 goals being conceded along the way.
Cameroon’s most recent outing, which was played against Panama in the context of international friendlies, ended in a 1-1 draw.
Cameroon’s opponents have scored at least one goal against them in each of their last six matches, for a total of seven goals scored by rival teams. The numbers speak for themselves. Cameroon unquestionably has room for improvement in its defensive play.
Injured and suspended
Switzerland: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Cameroon: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Switzerland vs Cameroon Predicted XI
Switzerland Predicted XI: Sommer, Widmer, Schär, Akanji, Rodriguez, Freuler, Xhaka, Shaqiri, Sow, Vargas, Embolo.
Cameroon Predicted XI: Onana, Fai, Castelletto, N’Koulou, Tolo, Anguissa, Gouet, Mbeumo, Hongla, Ngamaleu, Aboubakar..
Our analysis suggests that Cameroon will have to put in a lot of effort if they hope to defeat Switzerland, who are favorites to win and very likely will not allow them to score.
As a result, our prediction is for a match that will feature a lot of back-and-forth action, and the final score will read Switzerland 2-0 up.
On Thursday, December 24, Group H of the World Cup, featuring Uruguay and South Korea, also starts. The match will be played at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, and many see Celeste as the favorite over the Asians. Coach Diego Alonso’s team qualified third behind Brazil and Argentina in the South American group, finishing the group with four wins in a row. If we also consider the friendlies approaching the World Cup, Uruguay have lost only once in the last nine games, keeping seven clean sheets. Celeste’s offensive unit is always the strongest, and it now includes Liverpool striker Darwin Nuez in addition to the usual Suarez and Cavani.
However, South Korea is not an adversary to be underestimated. Paulo Bento’s men have qualities to put on the pitch, and they too have lost just one of the last nine games they have played. Even the Taeguk Warriors have their strong points in defense, so much, so that they have kept clean sheets in five of their six recent matches. There are seven precedents between Uruguay and South Korea, and the balance is 6-1 in favor of the South Americans.
Following their victory over Canada in the international friendlies, Uruguay will be hoping for a repeat performance of their last match, which they won.
In Uruguay’s games in recent years, it has become clear that there are many 0-0 scores.
In as many as six of their previous seven meetings leading up to this one, a bet on both teams to score would have resulted in a loss.
Korea Republic WDWDWW
The previous match that Korea competed in was an international friendly against Iceland, and they came away victorious by a score of 1-0.
Korea has scored a total of 12 goals in their last six meetings. In addition to that, they have scored in each and every one of those instances. During that time period, they have allowed five goals to be scored into their own net.
Injured and suspended
Uruguay: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Korea Republic: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Uruguay vs Korea Republic Predicted XI
Uruguay Predicted XI: Rochet, Caceres, Araujo, Giménez, Olivera, Bentancur, Valverde, Vecino, Pellistri, Suarezt, Núñez.
Korea Republic Predicted XI: Kim, Moon Kim, Jae Kim, Kwon, Kim, Hwang, Jung, Lee, Jeong, Hwang, Son.
We have the impression that Uruguay will have a good chance to score a couple of goals in this match when they take on Korea, who may have trouble scoring themselves.
As a result, when the final whistle blows, we expect Uruguay to have won the match by a score of 1-0 in a manner that is relatively comfortable for them.
Portugal makes its debut at the World Cup in Qatar and does so by facing Ghana in Group H, the one in which Uruguay and South Korea are also included. Given the enormous overall quality of the squad available to coach Fernando Santos, the Lusitanians are regarded as one of the most dangerous outsiders for final success. Cristiano Ronaldo will then compete in what will almost certainly be his final World Cup, and he is determined to leave his mark in any way he can. The Seleção Das Quinas arrived in the best possible way at the appointment, and in the last friendly, they won 4-0 over Nigeria.
Ghana has also performed well in the last two friendly matches by beating Nicaragua and Switzerland, but clearly, the technical background of the team coached by coach Otto Addo is far lower than that of the Portuguese. The Black Stars snatched the pass for Qatar thanks to their success in the play-off against Nigeria, and now they want to start their world career in the best possible way, even if it will not be easy for Iñaki Williams and his companions. There is only one precedent between these two national teams, and it dates back to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil: on that occasion, Portugal won 2-1, but both teams were eliminated in the first round.
After beating Nigeria in an international friendly by a score of 4-0, Portugal is looking to add another victory to its collection.
The Portugal defense has proven to be very resilient, as evidenced by their most recent results. Due to the fact that Portugal has been so resolute in their defensive efforts, the number of goals that have been scored against them in the course of their previous six encounters stands at only two.
Ghana comes into this match riding high off their most recent victory, which was a 2-0 rout of Switzerland in an international friendly. This victory comes just a few days before Ghana’s participation in this World Cup.
Over the course of their last six matches, Ghana’s attempts at scoring goals have resulted in goals on six separate occasions. 7 goals have been scored against them in seven encounters, making their overall goal differential 7.
Injured and suspended
Portugal: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Costa Rica: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Portugal vs Ghana Predicted XI
Portugal Predicted XI: Costa, Cancelo, Danilo, Dias, Mendes, Neves, Carvalho, Silva, Fernandes, Leão, Ronaldo..
Ghana Predicted XI: Ati, Odoi, Amartey, Djiku, Baba, Kyereh, Partey, Sulemana, Kudus, Ayew, Iñaki.
In this game, Portugal will almost certainly take advantage of a significant number of chances to score goals.
On the opposite side of the field, Ghana will have a difficult time finding the back of the net; however, we do believe that it is likely that they will also be scoring goals.
Therefore, we can probably expect that Portugal will win with a score of 2-1 after the first ninety minutes.
Brazil starts the World Cup in Qatar against Serbia in the match valid for the first day of the group stage in Group G. It will be played on November 24 at the Iconic Stadium in Luisail, and Tite’s team can’t wait to show off all their talent, which this year seems really disproportionate. The green and gold selection finished at the top of the South American qualifying round and is considered the main favorites for the Cup, which would guarantee the Seleção the sixth world title in its history. Neymar and his companions come to the challenge with a streak of seven consecutive victories and an unbeaten run of 15 games.
Difficult task for coach Stojkovic’s Serbia, which does, however, have the cards to play with players like Dusan Vlahovic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, and Dusan Tadic. The Slavs already impressed in the qualifying group by finishing ahead of Portugal and are by no means to be underestimated. The Serbs are also in great form after winning their group in the Nations League and the friendly against Bahrain. In the past two direct clashes, however, Brazil has always had the upper hand, including the last time at the World Cup in Russia.
Following their 5-1 victory over Tunisia in the International Friendship, Brazil will be hoping for more of the same in order to extend their winning streak.
Recently, Brazil’s offense has been very potent, as evidenced by the fact that they have scored 22 goals against their opponents over the course of their most recent six matches. During those matches, Brazil has been on the receiving end of a total of 2 goals that have been scored against them.
The most recent match that Serbia played was in an international friendly, which they won by a score of 1-5 against Bahrain.
The fact that the back of the net has been hit 23 times in the last six matches in which Serbia has taken to the field provides evidence of their preference for high-scoring contests and results in an average of 3.83 goals scored in each contest. Five of these goals have been scored by teams that are competing against.
Injured and suspended
Brazil: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Serbia: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Brazil vs Serbia Predicted XI
Brazil Predicted XI: Alisson, Marquinhos, Éder Militão, Alex Telles, Danilo, Fred, Casemiro, Raphinha, Neymar Jr, Vinícius Júnior and Richarlison.
Serbia Predicted XI: Savić, Veljkovic, Mitrovic, Pavlovic, Zivkovic, Lukic, Milinkovic-Savic, Kostic, Tadic, Vlahovic, Mitrovic.
We think that Brazil should be able to create a decent number of scoring chances and shots on goal.
On the other hand, Serbia might have a hard time breaking through their defense, but we believe that there is a good chance that they will have enough touches on the ball to score at some point.
Our prediction is for Brazil to emerge victorious by a score of 2-1 after the first ninety minutes of play.