Cameroon v Serbia
It was not a good start to the World Cup for Serbia as they were soundly outplayed by 5 time champions Brazil in a 2-0 loss that could have been much worse if it weren’t for the heroics of goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic. Serbia now must get a result in Monday’s match vs Cameroon if they want to avoid another disappointing early World Cup exit.
Cameroon were edged out by Switzerland in their first match in their first match and defeat in this one would see their World Cup aspirations come to an abrupt end. Rigobert’s Songs side created fewer clear opportunities in a tightly contested affair. A Swiss win was probably a fair result.
The coach will be hoping his side can show their character and bounce back against a Serbia side that many fancied to do well in this tournament. Serbia were beaten by Brazil in their opening match. There is no shame in losing to the tournament favourites but it leaves them with no room for error in the remaining group games.
Manager Dragan Stojkovic has spoken about his concern for the readiness of key players Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dusan Vlahovic & Filip Kostic who are all coming back from injuries & are not yet at 100%. Serbia massively depends on these players & if they can’t be at their best physically it will tough for them to score goals or get results.
Serbia has not had much success vs African teams at the World Cup, losing to Ghana in 2010 & Ivory Coast in 2006. Often times the team struggles against teams that have a lot of pace & that weakness can certainly be exposed by Cameroon.
There shouldn’t be a lot in this game but it’s likely to be more open that Cameroon’s first match. Serbia have more quality available to them and that could be the difference on Monday. The Serbs have several top players and they should not be disheartened by their result in the opening match.
We took this bet on in Cameroon’s first match. Choupo-Moting played 74 minutes and managed 1 shot on target. He also had another blocked that was goal bound.
Choup-Moting is set to lead the line again against Serbia and he looked fairly sharp against Switzerland. He has played his way into contention for Bayern this season and his shot on target averages make for good reading. The striker is averaging 1.7 shots on target per 90 minutes played in the league this season.
He played as the lone striker in a 4-3-3 in the opener. He was supported by Ekambi and Mbuemo from the flanks. Cameroon are predicted to name the same front 3 on Monday.
Dusan Tadic had an off night vs Brazil & did not see as much of the ball as he normally does with the Brazilians controlling the bulk of the possession in their 2-0 victory on Thursday.
Against Cameroon however Serbia should be the ones who control most of the possession so Tadic will have a lot more space & opportunities to pass the ball & dictate the pace of the game.
Tadic is Serbia’s assist king & tempo setter, the 34 year old Ajax man will be relied upon heavily in this match as Serbia needs goals & a victory to keep their dream alive of progressing to the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time since 1998.
Sasa Lukic is a hard working & versatile utility midfielder for Serbia who isn’t afraid to get physical & do the dirty work for his team. Lukic is always happy to go in for a challenge & is a participant in many tough midfield duels.
Lukic showed his aggression vs Brazil committing 3 fouls & he may have even more vs Cameroon as he’s expected to be the only defensive minded midfielder on the pitch for the Eagles as they will likely start with a 2nd stirker instead of Lukic’s midfield partner Nemanja Gudelj.
Lukic will have a lot of work to do on his own & will likely commit some foils as he tries to slow down the Cameronian counter attacks.
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