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Australia vs Cameroon Preview

It’s Australia vs the Indomitable Lions! Football Alive provides a thorough preview of a must-win clash for the Socceroos. Enjoy our article and make sure you’re cheering on the Roos!

Where: Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia

When: Kick-Off 1:00am AEST

TV: Live from 12:30am on SBS and Optus Sport

Odds: Australia $3.20, Draw $3.30, Cameroon $2.30 (Sportsbet)

Weather: A cold and wet night, with an expected temperature of 14° at KO

AUSTRALIA

Squad

Mat Ryan, Mitchell Langerak, Danny Vukovic, Milos Degenek, Trent Sainsbury, Bailey Wright, Alex Gersbach, Aziz Behich, Dylan McGowan, Ryan McGowan, Jimmy Jeggo, Mark Milligan, Jackson Irvine, Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo, Tom Rogic, Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie, Robbie Kruse, James Troisi, Jamie Maclaren, Ajdin Hrustic 

Form (from most to least recent)

L 2-3 v Germany (Confederations Cup)

L 0-4 v Brazil (H)

W 3-2 v Saudi Arabia (H)

W 2-0 v UAE (H)

D 1-1 v Iraq (A)

The Socceroos played a game of two halves against Germany – and we’ll all be hoping the Socceroos can emulate their second half performance tonight. Australia need to ensure that they press Cameroon high, to force them to play in their own half and ensure constant turnovers. Matt Leckie needs to ensure he isn’t drawn back too often as well, so expect Aziz Behich, or Alex Gersbach if he’s given a run, to come back more often when the defence needs reinforcement. In midfield, Jackson Irvine will likely start in place of Massimo Luongo, unless Ange opts to play Jimmy Jeggo and start Irvine to give Tommy Rogic or Aaron Mooy a rest. If Irvine, Rogic and/or Mooy are able to gain control of the game then they should be able to provide great supply through to Leckie and Tomi Juric. Juric is on fire at the moment for his country, and should have no issues making space for himself in the opposing box. That said, our defence is far from perfect either. Expect at least one of Bailey Wright or Milos Degenek to be replaced, perhaps both. Ange may opt to give Mitch Langerak a run too, and rest Maty Ryan for the Chile game.

CAMEROON

Squad

Fabrice Ondoa, André Onana, Georges Bokwé, Ernest Mabouka, Adolphe Teikeu, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Ambroise Oyongo, Jérôme Guihoata, Collins Fai, Lucien Owona, Jonathan Ngwem, André-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Benjamin Moukandjo, Georges Mandjeck, Sébastien Siani, Arnaud Djoum, Moumi Ngamaleu, Jacques Zoua, Vincent Aboubakar, Olivier Boumal, Christian Bassogog, Robert Tambe, Karl Toko Ekambi

Form (from most to least recent)

L 0-2 v Chile (Confederations Cup)

L 0-4 v Colombia (Spain)

W 1-0 v Morocco (H)

W 1-0 v Tunisia (H)

W 2-1 v Egypt (AFCON Final)

Cameroon got on a great run to win AFCON, however their recent results leave much to be desired – they were whacked by Colombia and comprehensively beaten by Chile as well in their tournament opener. They’ll have plenty of fight as this is a must-win match for them too, but they might just lack the talent to get a result. This may be down to their squad selection too, picking eight defenders for the tournament. This will likely backfire tonight as they certainly can’t afford to sit back against the Socceroos, who would welcome a Cameroonian side playing inside their own half. Further, Cameroon have relied on Vincent Aboubakar for their last three goals (including their 89th minute winner in the AFCON final). If Trent Sainsbury is able to nullify his output, then Australia can go a long way to keeping a clean sheet tonight.

Prediction

Cameroon are Australia’s least talented opponent in this group stage, although Cameroon’s disallowed goal against Chile shows that we can’t take a win for granted. A good start is crucial for the Socceroos. If we can avoid conceding in the first 10 minutes it’ll give our midfielders a chance to gain control of the game, setting us up to score a couple of goals prior to the break. Goal difference could be key to progression and Ange’s men are unlikely to sit back in any scenario, so expect an attacking output right to the end, and the Socceroos to score a few if they are able to get on top and control proceedings. As evidenced by the second half in Sochi, this could be the game where the new Socceroos system finally comes together for a full 90 minutes. If that’s the case, it’s sure to be a beautiful sight, and a memorable night for all Australians.

Australia 4-1 Cameroon

 

Highlights of Previous Matches

Australia 2-3 Germany

Cameroon 0-2 Chile

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