Mexico: Corona; Aguilar, Rodríguez, Márquez, Moreno; Layún, Vázquez, Guardado, Herrera; Peralta, dos Santos.
Cameroon: Itandje; Djeugoue, Bedimo, N’Koulou, Song; Mbia, Enoh, Matip, Choupo-Moting; Moukandjo, Eto’o.
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Mexico and Cameroon meet on Friday at the Estádio das Dunas in Natal for their World Cup campaign opener.
Miguel Herrera’s men have expeirenced tremendous difficulty during qualifying, ultimately securing a spot in Brazil by the skin of their teeth.
However, ever since the playoff wins against New Zealand back in October, Mexico have looked to be improving, going on a 7 game uneaten streak, with wins over Ecuador, Israel, and Korea. That run ended recently, with 2 losses against Bosnia and Portugal, but even during those defeats, El Tri showed moments of promise.
Historically speaking, Mexico managed to progress to the round of 16 every single time in the last five competitions, but this year may see Herrera’s men struggling more than ever.
Considering Brazil is most likely to win this group, the game against Volker Finke’s men is a must win for the Mexicans, should they want to maintain their claim for 2nd spot ahead of the Croatia fixture. A loss of points at the Estádio das Dunas will mean an uphill battle against Brazil and Croatia, and will give the Eastern Europeans a huge advantage going into the 2nd round.
Mexico coach Miguel Herrera is set to leave Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez on bench to start World Cup, however the Azetecs still have plenty of firepower.
Giovani dos Santos and Oribe Peralta should prove tricky forwards, while midfielder Marco Fabian could become a household name if he can score a trademark thunderbastard.
Cameroon is definitely the outsider of Group A, unable to progress past the first stage of the World Cup since 1990, but they have managed a respectable 2-2 draw against Germany in the World Cup warm-up matches, and will fancy their chances against a Mexican side still filled with insecurities.
Saying that, the African’s arrival in Brazil was blighted by a missed flight amid contract disputes, and some are wondering just how focused the likes of 36-year-old Samuel Eto’o & co truly are.
Cameroon are a side with a couple of decent player – Barcelona’s Alex Song, Mainz forward Eric Choupo-Moting – but few outstanding stars, and that could prove fatal come competition time.
101GG Prediction: Mexico 2 – Cameroon 1
Some essential facts and stats to help with online betting:
These two teams played against each only once before: Mexico won 1-0.
Mexico has won 5 times, drawn 3 and lost only twice in the last 10 matches.
Cameroon has won 4 times, drawn 3, and lost 3 times in the last 10 fixtures.
The youngest player selected for the World Cup is Cameroon forward Fabrice Olinga.
Mexican striker Oribe Peralta recently broke the Mexican transfer record when he was sold by Santos Laguna to Club America for $10 million.