02:00 PM IST: Welcome to the live blog of the FIFA World Cup 2022 group stage match between Switzerland vs Cameroon.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 is in full swing and in just the space of a few games, we have already witnessed some big upsets. In the first match of Group G, Switzerland will face Cameroon. The Swiss are favourites to advance from this group, but they will need a good start if they are to progress. In the last few mega-events, they’ve shown tremendous spirit, and this time they’ll aim to go the extra mile.
On the other hand, Cameroon might not be in good form at the moment, but they can upset Switzerland if they play well. The team has only won one game in the last five games, but history doesn’t matter in this tournament. The attention will be focused on players like Choupo-Moting and Xhaka who are coming off fantastic club seasons.
Switzerland form (all competitions): L-W-W-W-L
Cameroon form (all competitions): W-L-L-D-D
Players to Watch
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
The FC Bayern striker Eric Choupo-Moting is going through the biggest phase of his career. With 10 goals scored in his last nine appearances, he is likely to be Cameroon’s integral player in attack. In Munich, he has taken on responsibilities with both hands, and he will be expected to do the same with the National team.
In the past year, Granit Xhaka has transformed from one of Arsenal’s most hated players to one of the most loved players, and this is the story of his redemption. After the Euro 2020, he hasn’t made any mistakes. If Switzerland wants to achieve something unimaginable at the World Cup 2022, he will have to pull strings up in midfield.
Injury & Team News
Switzerland had a major injury scare before coming into the World Cup. Their star man Yann Sommer was doubtful to start the tournament but he is clear to play after proving his match fitness in recent friendlies.
Currently, Cameroon does not have any major injury concerns. All players are available for the opening match. However, no final confirmation has been received from Coaches or any official sources.
Head to Head
Switzerland and Cameroon will be tussling for the first time in their history. Both have not yet met before but this match could be the start of something new.
Switzerland XI (4-2-3-1):
Sommer, Widmer, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Freuler, Xhaka, Shaqiri, Sow, Vargas, Embolo
Predicted Cameroon XI (4-3-3):
Onana, Ebosse, Castelletto, N’Koulou, Fai, Ntcham, Anguissa, Gouet; Mbeumo, Aboubakar, Choupo-Moting.