2022 World Cup Preview: Switzerland vs Cameroon

Switzerland will look to extend their impressive opening game record as they engage African giants, Cameroon at the Al Janoub stadium on November 24 at 10:00GMT.

Switzerland have never lost a World Cup opening match since 1966 when they lost 5-0 to Germany. The Swizz have drawn thrice and recorded two wins in their opening games including a victory over Spain in 2010.

Having missed out on a quarter-final berth in their two previous appearances in 2014 and 2018, Switzerland’s target is to go beyond the round of 16 for the first since 1954.

Cameroon head into the tournament as the African team with the most World Cup appearances as well as the first African country to reach the quarter-finals. They will be making their eighth appearance.

The Indomitable Lions failed to win the 2021 AFCON on home soil and are seeking to bounce back with a good showing at the World Cup.

 

FORM GUIDE (LAST FIVE MATCHES)

Switzerland have won three matches and lost two in their last five. Interestingly, they got wins over Portugal, Spain and Czech Republic. Cameroon have won just one in the last five games while succumbing to South Korea and Uzbekistan.

SWITZERLAND

17 November 2022             Ghana                  2–0         Switzerland                  Arab Emirates Friendly

27 September 2022            Switzerland          2–1         Czech Republic            Nations League

24 September 2022            Spain                  1–2         Switzerland                  Nations League

12 June 2022                     Switzerland          1–0         Portugal                        Nations League

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9 June 2022                       Switzerland          0–1         Spain                             Nations League

 

CAMEROON

18 November 2022             Cameroon             1–1         Panama                         Friendly

9 November 2022               Cameroon             1–1         Jamaica                         Friendly

27 September 2022            South Korea          1–0         Cameroon                    Friendly

23 September 2022            Cameroon             0–2         Uzbekistan                    Friendly

9 June 2022                          Burundi              0–1         Cameroon                   2023 AFCON qualification

 

HEAD TO HEAD

The two countries will be meeting for the first time.

 

TEAM NEWS

SWITZERLAND

Goalkeeper Yan Sommer is expected to return to the post after spending a month on the sidelines due to injury. Xherdan Shaqiri and Dennis Zakaria will spearhead a list of Premier League Stars in the Swizz line-up.

 

PREDICTED LINE-UP

(4-2-3-1): Sommer; Rodríguez, Akanji, Schär, Widmer; Xhaka, Freuler; Vargas, Sow, Shaqiri; Embolo

 

CAMEROON

Napoli midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa will be Rigobert Song’s key orchestrator if he is fit enough to start. Choupo-Moting may also start together with 2021 AFCON top scorer Vincent Aboubakar while Mbuemo and Toko-Ekambi are deployed on the flanks.

PREDICTED LINE-UP 

(4-1-4-1): Onana; Ebosse, Nkoulou, Castelletto, Fai; Hongla; Anguissa Toko-Ekambi, Aboubakar, Mbeumo; Choupo-Moting.