The Teams’ Routes to the World Cup
The 2022 World Cup will be the 8th time Cameroon has qualified to play in the tournament. It took them until the Spanish World Cup of 1982 to make their first appearance and each time they qualified, they struggled to make it beyond the group stage of the competition. The only time they did make it to the knockout phases was in the Italian World Cup of 1990. On this occasion, Cameroon won Group B beating Argentina and Romania while losing to the Soviet Union. In the round of 16, Cameroon beat Colombia 2 – 1 to set up a quarter-final tie against England. In a thrilling match, England knocked out Cameroon needing an extra-time winner from Gary Lineker to settle the tie. Cameroon last played in the World Cup in 2014 and was knocked out in the group stage losing all three matches.
When considering Serbia and their history in the World Cup you can consider the success of the former Yugoslavia. However, this was broken up and Serbia as an independent nation will be playing their 3rd World Cup in Qatar. The first time they qualified was the 2010 South African World Cup and they also qualified for the 2018 World Cup held in Russia. On both occasions, Serbia was knocked out in the group stage where they won one game and lost two. Can revenge be sweet in the 2022 World Cup as Serbia had a similar group in the 2018 World Cup that included Brazil and Switzerland? Serbia outperformed the likes of Portugal and the Republic of Ireland in Group A of the 2022 UEFA World Cup qualification group A to send them to Qatar for a second successive tournament.
The two teams have only met once before in a friendly in the lead-up to the 2010 World Cup. That game turned out to be a thrilling goal fest with Serbia running out 4 – 3 winners.
Current Odds at mr.play
With the only previous meeting between the two teams ending with goals galore, you can check out loads of betting markets right here at mr.play, including both teams to score, correct score and winning margins. Otherwise, take a look at our prices for more traditional outcomes including predicting which team will win, or if the game will end in a draw. Take your chance with a win for Cameroon and you can obtain current odds at 47/20. If you are confident Serbia will win the match then place a wager at 129/100. Taking a punt on the game finishing in a draw will give a return at 21/10. There is so much to choose from with all the outcomes and betting markets right here at mr.play.
Team Overviews & Player Profiles
To beat Serbia, Cameroon will need to find the back of the net, looking toward their forwards for goals. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is a forward most often playing as a striker or on the left wing. He will cause the Serbian defence problems with his work rate, powerful running and dribbling attributes. He has played for Paris Saint-Germain and been a 2-time winner of Ligue 1 which he has matched with his current team Bayern Munich, winning the Bundesliga twice. He made his debut for Cameroon in the 2010 World Cup and has now collected 68 caps, scoring 18 goals. His goal scoring record makes him the 8th highest of all time for Cameroon.
There is nothing better than having form players representing your national team. Karl Toko Ekambi is exactly one of these players. At club level, he is contracted to Lyon and has made a total of 75 appearances scoring 28 goals. The 29-year-old made his debut for Cameroon and has racked up 50 appearances scoring 12 goals. In 2022, he has played 10 internationals and scored 7 goals. A 2017 African Cup of Nations winner, can forward Ekambi turn on the style at the 2022 World Cup?
Matching the stamina of the opposition will mean Sergej Milinković-Savić will have to play to his usual strengths in midfield. He is 6 ft 3 in (191cm), good in the air, makes great runs and scores goals. He has played for Lazio since 2015 playing 232 games, scoring 48 goals. With such a great goalscoring record for Lazio, he has been named in the Serie A team of the year in 2017/2018 and has been named player of the season for Lazio for the past 2 years. Representing Serbia, he has now collected 34 international caps scoring 6 goals.
The high work rate of the Cameroonians will have to be broken down if Serbia is going to get the result they want. In Filip Kostić, Serbia has a left winger who can also play as a left wing-back. They will be expecting him to hog the touchline or cut inside to provide the creativity and the final ball to players like Dušan Tadić and Aleksandar Mitrović. The biggest success of his professional career arrived at the end of this season with Eintracht Frankfurt. They reached the final of the UEFA Europa League beating Rangers 5 – 4 on penalties after extra time. Kostić himself took one of the crucial penalties putting it in the back of the net. He was named the Europa League player of the season and finished the tournament with the most assists. For Serbia, he has made 48 international appearances scoring 3-times and played in every minute of their 2018 World Cup adventure in Russia.
A True Fight for Progression to the Round of 16
A key group game for the two less fancied teams in Group G is sure to be a cracker of a match, with a win for either team putting them in contention for the round of 16. If Cameroon wins, can they make it to the round of 16 for only the second time in their history, or will Serbia be victorious and provide them with a chance to make it past the group stage for the first time? Cameroon versus Serbia will be a game with it all to play for!