Cameroon vs Croatia: World Cup 2014 match preview

A look ahead to Wednesday night’s clash that could determine the first elimination

The stage is set for a crucial match in Manaus as both Croatia and Cameroon are looking for their first points to stay alive at Group A.

Croatia fell short to Brazil at the World Cup opener but they were held back by a controversial penalty drawn by Fred and converted by Neymar. Nevertheless, Niko Kovac’s side should feel in confident mood after an impressive display against the hosts. Star striker Mario Mandzukic will be making his international return after a one-match ban over a red card booking at the play-offs. Croatia will be hoping a furore over nude pictures hasn't been too much of a distraction.

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The situation does not look very promising for Cameroon as their star player Samuel Eto’o will almost certainly not be part of Wednesday’s match. The former Chelsea striker picked up a knee injury during the closing stages of the season and so manager Volker Finke will be replacing him with Fenerbahce player Pierre Webo.

KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 11pm

PAST MEETINGS…

The sides have never met before.

 

STATS…

This is the very first time these two teams will face each other.

Cameroon have only managed to win one of their last 14 matches at the World Cup finals.

The Indomitable Lions failed to get one shot on target last week against Mexico.

Croatia have amassed six red cards in their last nine World Cups matches.

The Blazers have only conceded 14 goals in their last 14 World Cup fixtures. They hold the best record amongst any other team in this year’s competition.

ODDS…

Cameroon to win: 11.2

Croatia to win: 4.7

Draw: 16.5

 

TV: Live on ITV at 11pm

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