Today marks the first day of the final round of Group Stage World Cup matches. Kicking off at 4pm ET/1pm PT today are Mexico versus Croatia, and Brazil against Croatia.
Here are the predicted lineups for today’s Brazil vs Cameroon game:
Brazil are under huge pressure from their own supporters today after the disappointment of the 0-0 draw with Mexico. Add to that how fortunate they were to beat Croatia in the opening game and they look far from potential World Cup winners. The back four will remain the same with new PSG recruit David Luiz partnering Thiago Silva at centre half. The only changes I am predicting is that Jo will come in for Fred, who was very poor against Mexico and Hulk will replace Ramires on the right of the supporting three. The formation will be the same, a 4-3-2-1 with Luis Gustavo and Paulinho the holding midfielders.
Brazil need to improve tonight and I think they will win comfortably, but question marks will still remain, especially as their last 16 opponents will be the very impressive Dutch or Chile, who were terrific against Spain.
Having suffered defeats to both Mexico and Croatia without reply, Cameroon are out of the tournament. Obviously it is a very tough group and one which they were unlikely to qualify from. Despite this, they have a chance to leave with some pride when they take on the host nation.
Although Cameroon were heavily beaten against Croatia in Manaus, I believe that coach Volker Finke will play their strongest side in a 4-5-1 formation with their most impressive player in this tournament, Vincent Aboubakar to provide the width on the right, along with Pierre Webo on the other side. I expect Samuel Eto’o to play up top in what is likely to be his last ever World Cup appearance. The XI I have predicted is their strongest but I don’t think it will be enough to challenge Brazil. They have failed to score a goal and with confidence low and preparing to return home, I can’t see that stat changing.