Switzerland v Cameroon
Swiss captain Granit Xhaka will lead his men onto the field for the first time this World Cup against Cameroon. He has seen a massive revival at Arsenal this season and will be hoping he can transfer that momentum into the national side. Switzerland have a very strong midfield with the aforementioned Xhaka running the show and alongside him they have Denis Zakaria (Chelsea), Remo Freuler (Nottingham Forest) and Djibril Sow all to choose from.
Cameroon are definitely one of the surprise African Nations to be at the World Cup and are currently the seventh best side in the continent according to FIFA’s rankings, behind Algeria, Egypt and Nigeria who won’t feature at the finals this time around. All that being said, Cameroon have some high-class talent on their side with Andre-Franck Zambo Anguissa of Napoli being the stand out but they also have Eric Choupo-Moting (Bayern), Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon), Andre Onana (Inter) and Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) who all play in Europes top five leagues and have been key figures in their respective teams.
Cameroon have a W3-D2-L4 record since their visit to the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations with their three wins coming against Algeria (2-1), Equatorial Guniea (2-0) and Burundi (1-0). They are winless through their last four games (D2-L2) even though the best side they faced was South Korea. Switzerland have W2-D1-L1 and even managed to beat Spain in this run. They’re on a run of W13-D3-L1 against sides currently ranked outside the top-40 in the world, with their defeat coming against Ghana in a friendly last week, which isn’t a fair reflection considering nobody would have wanted to get injured, and the Swiss win appeals.
SWITZERLAND TO WIN
Uruguay v South Korea
After going to the quarter-finals in Russia’s edition of the World Cup, the winners of the first ever tournament will be hoping to build on their good finish last time out. Federico Valverde has been in the form of his life at Real Madrid this year and is already staking his claim as one of the best midfielders in the world. The Uruguayans also have a deadly attack featuring Luis Suarez, Darwin Nunez and Edinson Cavani.
Heung Min-Son and company are going to have to pull off some upsets in order to get out of this group with Uruguay and Portugal being the two key teams to beat in Group H. The South Koreans have qualified for every tournament since 1986 but have only managed to escape the group stages twice.
Nine of Uruguay’s last 15 matches have ended with under 2.5 goals and the times that it went overs was when there was a big difference in quality between the sides in question; Lost 4-1 and 3-0 against Brazil and Argentina, 5-0 and 4-1 wins against Panama and Venezuela the anomalies were a 3-0 win against Mexico and a 3-0 defeat to Bolivia.
On paper, South Korea have had a good time in 2022 with a record of W11-D2-L3 but in actuality this record flatters to deceive with their two losses against the only sides with real quality in Brazil (5-1) and Japan (3-0) whilst drawing 2-2 with Paraguay and Costa Rica. They pulled off 1-0 wins against Cameroon and Iceland, the South Koreans also managed to beat China (3-0), Hong Kong (3-0), Chile (2-0) and a Salah-less Egypt (4-1).
Uruguay have conceded just twice in nine 2022 outings, and we’d expect them to carry on in that vein here.
URUGUAY TO WIN AND UNDER 2.5 GOALS
Portugal v Ghana
Cristiano Ronaldo will feature in his last World Cup this year but he says that he still wants to play at the Euros in two years’ time. He hasn’t been in good form this year with his club and has parted ways with Man United but at the international level, his importance cannot be understated as he is the leading goal scorer in international football with 117 goals and ten hattricks.
Ghana have been placed in a tricky group and they are the lowest ranked team going into this World Cup. Thomas Partey is the clear standout in this Ghanian side but does have help from Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus, Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu and Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew.
Portugal have a star-studded team and are playing well because of it, their record over the last 15 games is W10-D2-L3 although it must be said that their losses came against the only reputable teams they faced with losses against Serbia (2-1) and two 1-0 defeats against Spain and Switzerland.
Ghana pulled off a good win against Switzerland in their warm-up match for the World Cup (2-0) and are definitely one of the teams that can pull off an upset as we believe they shouldn’t be the worst ranked team coming into the competition.
Both sides have a clear pattern of both teams not scoring with 11 of Portugal’s last 14 games finishing with a winning bet and Ghana have had both teams scoring in just one of their last nine matches.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (NO)
Brazil v Serbia
The favourites to lift the trophy will start off their campaign against a tricky Serbia side that has a lot of talent around the pitch. Although Brazil are obviously more talented, that doesn’t mean that Serbia can’t get a result here and the Brazilians will need to be at their best to get the three points.
Serbia have some quality names in their line-up with the likes of Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, they have a quality strike partnership in Dusan Vlahovic and Aleksandar Mitrovic, Vlahovic’s Juventus teammate Filip Kostic will line up as a LWB most likely and of course their captain, Dusan Tadic.
Through Serbia’s last 16 games, their record is W12-D2-L2 and it is unsurprising that they score a lot of goals against weaker sides, with their attack being the best part of their game. However, both teams scoring seems like a long shot when you consider that Brazil have only conceded six goals in their last 15 matches and didn’t concede more than one on any of these occasions.
Ten of Brazil’s last 15 matches have ended with under 2.5 goals and we back this to happen again because they faced Argentina twice and the results were 0-0 and 0-1 and when they play sides of a World Cup standard, the score is closer than you would anticipate.
UNDER 2.5 GOALS
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