Germany vs Cameroon Preview
Last updated: June 22, 2017 by Leon Marshal
|Kick-off:||Sunday 25th June, 17:00 (GMT)|
|Venue:||Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht|
|Last Match||Germany 2-2 Cameroon|
Germany like to think ahead. Just think of the new train from Berlin to Munich, twenty-two years in the making. Now completed, it will now run for a few months without any passengers just to see if it works. The same philosophy extends to their football: instead of focusing on the here and now, all their eyes are on the World Cup next year. As a result, they submitted a test squad to the confederations cup comprised mostly of youngsters, making the average player around as old as the completed train project. This makes the confederations cup not as clear-cut as initially thought. Yet Germany are still comprised of Germans, managing to beat the eager Socceroos 3-2.
For Cameroon, they will have to rely on their added experience in order to beat the Germans. They are a much stronger side than Australia, and have some great members playing first-time football across all of Europe. Experienced players such as Moukandjo and Vincent Aboubakar will try and exploit holes in these first-timed players’ defense. After losing 2-0 to Chile, they will have to pull out all the stops in order to resurrect their Confederation Cup chances.
Germany, with a win already in the bank, and Australia unlikely to win a game, only really need a draw here to confirm their place in the semi-finals. With youngsters such as Timo Wener – crushing it at the divisive RB Leipzig – and Liverpool’s wunderkid Emre Can ready to prove themselves that they have what it takes to make it to the main squad, Cameroon have to be careful not to overstretch themselves here as they could easily get caught out on the counter-attack.
|Group B So Far|
Manager Hugo Broos is confident. They might not contain a star on the level of legend Samuel Eto’o or an inspiration on the level of Roger Milla, yet he is assertive that the squad is extremely strong. As he told Fifa.com: “I’ve been coaching for 29 years and I’ve never had a squad like this before. I keep telling them every day that they have something they need to cherish – and that’s friendship. They’re genuine friends, and you don’t often get that in a football team.” This may be the edge they need versus a seemingly thrown together German team, but knowing them, they probably have planned this complete game in advance too. Germany to win, just.
Despite Germany having many of their youngsters in the Confederations Cup, the U-21 team are top of their group in the European Championships. How do they do it?
Mustafi had some nice words for captaining Germany: “Of course, that was a nice feeling. But for me, it was important to keep communicating with the team and keeping concentration high. That was the task given to me. But for my family, who were in the stadium, it was something very special.”
A lot depends on Cameroon’s game today against Australia. If they don’t win that, then this game will be pretty pointless.
Broos is not a fan of the Confederations Cup’s organisation, taking potshots at a conference against Moscow traffic and late dinners at hotels. He’s obviously never been to Russia before.
|Germany (4-2-3-1):||ter Steigen; Hector, Mustafi, Rüdiger, Kimmich; Goretzka, Can; Draxler, Stindl, Brandt; Werner|
|Subs:||Trapp, Ginter, Henrichs, Wagner, Demirbay, Rudy,Rüdiger|
|Cameroon (4-3-3):||Ondoa; Mabouka, Teikeu, Ngadeu Ngadjui, Fai; Siani, Djoum, Anguissa; Bassogog, Aboubakar, Moukandjo|
|Subs:||Onana, Teikeu, Ngamaleu, Zoua, Guihoata, Mandjeck, Ngwem|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Germany are the clear favorites here, with odds of 4/11 at William Hill to win. On the other hand, Cameroon are ranked at 13/2. If you fancy neither team, then a draw is a reasonable 7/2. What I would recommend, given Germany’s combination of skill and inexperience, is betting on a high scoring game, with the same bookmaker giving odds of 21/10 for Germany to win and there to be four or more goals in the match. If you really back yourself, then a real fortune can be made for the same amount of goals and Cameroon to win at 33/1.
Fancy a repeat of the Australia game? Then bet365 are offering odds of 22/1 for the result. Given that this game will be high-scoring (probably) then maybe its worth backing Germany to come back from behind, with odds of 7/1 offered at the same operator. While there seems to be good value for Cameroon to win, I would recommend the safe option of a German victory, considering their track record when it comes to international games. Sign up with a bookmaker now and have fun!