The Teams’ Routes to the World Cup
The Swiss were the winners of the UEFA World Cup qualification Group C that secured their passage to Qatar. They created an upset by finishing ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 winners Italy. It was the beginning of Italy’s demise as they were dumped out of the World Cup in a qualification play-off fixture against North Macedonia. Switzerland won the group by remaining unbeaten over 8 fixtures. They won 5 games and drew 3 of which two were against Italy which proved crucial. In winning the qualification group, Switzerland scored 15 goals and conceded only 2 with Breel Embolo finishing as their top scorer with 3 goals.
Making their way to the 2022 World Cup, Cameroon was drawn in Group D of the second round of the Confederation of African Football (AFC). Within their group laid a stern challenge to the Ivory Coast, Mozambique and Malawi. After playing 6 games in a round-robin tournament Cameroon won the group winning 5 games and losing an away match to Ivory Coast. They progressed to the third-round two-leg playoff that would guarantee their place in the 2022 World Cup finals. They met Algeria where they qualified in a close contest beating them 2 – 2 by the away goals rule after extra time.
Switzerland and Cameroon have never played each other in a competitive or international friendly and this game will hopefully be the beginning of more games to look forward to between these two nations.
Current Odds at mr.play
Right here at mr.play you can find all the betting markets you ever dreamed of for every game that will be played in the 2022 World Cup. Switzerland versus Cameroon will be an opening Group G game and the betting markets will also be available for this match. Try and predict which team is going to turn up and win this game with the current odds offered for a Switzerland win 21/25, making them odds-on favourites to get off to a good start. Placing a wager on a Cameroon win will offer you 71/20 and if the game ends all square, you can obtain prices at 47/20. There will be many more betting markets to select from including 2nd half outcomes and match-combos right here at mr.play.
Team Overviews & Player Profiles
The man in charge of leading Switzerland in the World Cup will be Murat Yakin. He will have to show his credentials at the World Cup after leading 13 games in charge since 2021, he has won only 5, drawn 4 and lost 4 giving a win ratio of only 38.46%. A poor 2022 World Cup may ask questions over his tenure, so he will be feeling the pressure and will be motivating his players to make a good start to the tournament. He collected 49 caps and scored 4 goals playing for the Swiss national team and has both played and managed Grasshoppers and Basel, while also having a stint as manager at Spartak Moscow. With such a creditable history he will still need to prove his worth in this opening Group G game.
Murat Yakin will need all the leadership qualities of his captain, Granit Xhaka. The midfield will be key for Switzerland to take control of the game against Cameroon. Star midfielders playing alongside Granit Xhaka will be Remo Freuler and Xherdan Shaqiri making a strong set-up for the Swiss. At club level, Xhaka has made over 100 appearances for Borussia Mönchengladbach and is nearing 200 appearances for Arsenal. He has been a 2-time winner of the Swiss Super League with Basel and a 2-time winner of the FA Cup with Arsenal. He is the 5th most capped player for Switzerland making 104 appearances while scoring 12 goals. Playing in the 2018 World Cup Xhaka scored a long-range screamer to help Switzerland beat Serbia in the group stage.
A true warrior and Cameroonian football hero is now Head Coach of the national team. As a player, Rigobert Song has made the most international appearances in a Cameroonian shirt. Playing 137 times he was their captain in 5 of the 8 AFCON tournaments he represented Cameroon. He made over 100 appearances for Metz winning the Coupe de Ligue and over 100 appearances for Trabzonspor, where he was a winner of the Turkish Cup. Rigobert Song was a central defender that could play as a right back and while playing for Cameroon he won the African Cup of Nations in 2000 and 2002. He is one of the shortest serving managers at the 2022 World Cup having been appointed as the national manager for Cameroon in February 2022.
To beat a strong Swiss team the Cameroon players will need to be wearing their shooting boots. Vincent Aboubaker is one of the key players in the team that will be able to put the ball in the back of the net. He is the captain and leads the front line as a striker, using his physical presence to get the best out of the players around him. He has recently signed for the Saudi Arabian team Al Nassr, having won the Primeira Liga twice with Porto and the Süper Lig with Beşiktaş. He also brings great experience to the team having been included in the 2010 and 2014 World Cup squads for Cameroon. He has made the 5th most international appearances for Cameroon and one more goal will see him 3rd in the list of goal-scorers, moving above the retired Patrick M’Boma. While playing for Cameroon in 2022, Aboubaker is on fire scoring 8 goals in 10 appearances while also winning the African Cup of Nations Golden Boot.
A Thrilling Opening to Group G
A splendid opening Group G game between Switzerland and Cameroon will help to set the tone for what is to follow during this stage of the 2022 World Cup. The Swiss are no mugs having finished ahead of Italy in the UEFA qualification group procedure, while Cameroon fought to the bitter end to win their third-round CAF play-off on away goals. There will surely be loads of action during the match between Switzerland and Cameroon and you can capitalise on every moment with the betting markets here at mr.play.