Under German Coach Volke Finke Cameroon have been drawn a short straw, ending in a group with Brazil, Mexico and Croatia. They have a good side to be fair, but not near the strength of the other three. Here is their squad:
Goalkeepers: Charles Itandje, Sammy Ndjock, Lioc Feudjou
Defenders: Allan Nyom, Nounkeu Dany, Cedric Djeugoue, Aurelien Chedjou, Nicolas Nkoulou, Henri Bedimo, Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Midfielders: Enoh Eyong, Jean Makoun, Joel Matip, Stephane Mbia, Landry Nguemo, Alexandre Song, Edgar Salli
Forwards: Samuel Eto’o, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, Benjamin Moukandjo, Vincent Aboubakar, Pierre Achille Webo, Fabrice Olinga
Their route to Brazil was fairly simple – six group games against fairy poor opposition such as Libya. They won four of the 6, enough to secure top spot and a playoff against Tunisia. The first leg ended 0-0, but in the 2nd leg they ran away 4-1 Winners!
Ones to Watch:
Vincent Aboubaker – in Ligue 1, he had a terrific season ending as the 2nd top scorer with 16 goals, only big Zlatan Ibrahimovic was ahead of him. He will be playing as a right winger with Samuel Eto’o up front, but still we be effective with his pace and strength, not to mention his aerial ability.
Nicolas N’Koulou – the Marseille centre back has been in steady form all season – solid yet unspectacular, but that’s how you want your centre backs! Along with Aurien Chedjou he will be a key player in keeping the likes of Neymar, Peralta and Mandzukic quiet.
Alex Song – he has had a tough time at Barcelona, not hitting his Arsenal form. Given the chance at international level he could find his form again!
(4-3-3): Itandje, Nyom, N’Koulou, Chedjou, Bedimo, Song, Eyong, Mbia, Webo, Eto’o. Aboubaker.
A very good 11 – but are they good enough to take points off the likes of Mexico and Croatia? Having seen them in action they wont be the pushovers some are expecting! My first ever World Cup game I watched involved Cameroon – so I have always had a soft spot for them.
Winner – 1500/1
Group Winner – 25/1
To Qualify – 4/1
Under 2.5 Points – Evens
Finish Bottom – 2/7
As much as I would like them to do very well, I just cant see it happening. They may nick a win against the likes of Mexico or Croatia as they are dangerous, but nothing more than exiting at the Group Stage! Even to finish bottom is a risky bet at 2/7, but our Top Tip is Under 2.5 Points at Evens