World Cup 2014: Cameroon vs Brazil match preview

A look ahead to the crucial Group A meeting for the hosts

Brazil’s draw against Mexico last week was a setback for the hosts despite the fact they remain on top of the Group A table. The Selecao have nothing in mind but victory against Cameroon as another blunder could prove to be much more costly than the last fixture. A draw will be enough for them to progress.

LIVE: Follow today's latest news, including Cameroon v Brazil

Manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is expected to line up with the same team but may be fortunate enough to have Zenit forward Hulk back to full fitness. Much will be expected by Barcelona star Neymar who must be feeling very confident after scoring 33 international goals in 51 appearances and six in his last five caps.

For Cameroon this has been a World Cup to forget with tensions in the squad sky-high. After almost refusing to board their plane to Brazil over financial disputes, the nation is still coming to terms with star midfielder Alex Song being sent off for throwing a ridiculous elbow at Mario Mandzukic. Things got worse in their last outing when Tottenham Hotspur left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto headbutted his own teammate Benjamin Moukandjo.

Manager Volker Finke will not have Song at his disposal and will probably not start Assou-Ekotto either, but will be hoping to get the help of star striker Samuel Eto’o so the team can finish the tournament with their head held high.

 

KICK-OFF: Monday, 9pm

 

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Brazil 2 (Sobis, Marcelo) Cameroon 0, Olympic Games, August 2008

Brazil 0 Cameroon 1 (Eto’o), Confederations Cup, June 2003

Brazil 2 (Loco-Abreu, Miguel) Cameroon 0, Confederations Cup, May 2001

 

STATS…

Those two sides have not faced each other at the World Cup for 10 years. Last time they played, Brazil won 3-0.

Cameroon have only won one of their last 15 World Cup matches and lost 10. Last time they won was against Saudi Arabia in 2002.

The Indomitable Lions hold the worst losing streak of any African nation at the World Cup as they have lost their last six matches in the competition.

Last week marked the second goalless match for Brazil after 26 straight games in the World Cup.

The match against Mexico featured Luiz Felipe Scolari’s first ever draw at the World Cup group stage. His last draw in the competition occurred in 2006 where Portugal had a goalless tie with England in the quarter-finals but won the penalty shoot-out.

ODDS…

Cameroon to win: 25.1

Brazil to win: 1.8

Draw: 10.1

 

TV: Live on ITV at 9pm

Arts and Entertainment
Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity takes him behind the bars again
tvBy Reason of Insanity, TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Cassetteboy's latest video is called Emperor's New Clothes rap
videoThe political parody genius duo strike again with new video
News
Stephen Hawking is reportedly taking steps to trademark his name
people
Sport
Seth Rollins cashes in his Money in the Bank contract to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
WWERollins win the WWE World Heavyweight title in one of the greatest WrestleMania's ever seen
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor