Cameroon – Australia (Confederations Cup)
The national teams of Cameroon and Australia will face each other this Thursday at Krestovsky Stadium, in Saint Petersburg, for the 2nd round of Group B of the Confederations Cup. The Cameroon national team have already played several official matches since the beginning of 2017, having won CAN 2017 in early February, and played a few friendly matches since then, arriving here in form. Australia national team, on their turn, prepared for this competition with a friendly match against Brazil, but ended up defeated, just like in the 1st round of this competition.
Cameroon are at the bottom of Group B with zero points, result of 1 defeat, and with 2 goals conceded and none scored. The Cameroon national team started their official matches in middle of January and only ended in early February, winning the CAN 2017, and played another official match against Morocco national team for the CAN 2019 qualification, and more recently played a friendly match against Colombia, as a preparation for this competition, but were defeated by 4-0.
The Indomitable Lions were beaten in the 1st round of this Group B against Chile, in a match where they were completely dominated by their opponents. Now, they desperately need a win here to keep their hopes of qualification to the next round of the competition alive. Only a few players are known across Europe, like Onana, Ajax’s goal-keeper, Fai, defender of Standard Liège, Anguissa, Moukandjo and Madjeck, midfielders for Marseille, Lorient and Metz, and Aboubakar, striker for Besiktas.
In their last 5 matches, Cameroon has a record of 2 victories and 3 defeats. This sequence of results started with a 0-1 win over Tunisia, friendly match. This result was followed by a 1-2 defeat against Guinea, friendly match, a 1-0 win over Morocco, a 0-4 defeat against Colombia, friendly match, and in their last clash, a 0-2 defeat against Chile.
Probable Lineup: Onana – Mabouka, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Teikeu and Fai – Sutchiun-Djoum, Siani and Anguissa – Bassogog, Aboubakar and Moukandjo.
Australia, on their turn, are 3rd placed in this Group B also with zero points, result of 1 defeat, and with 2 goals scored and 3 conceded. Australia national team have also played a few official matches this year already, playing 3 matches for the qualification for the 2018 World Cup, facing Iraq, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, wining 2 and drawing the other, and more recently, played a friendly match against Brazil as preparation for this competition, ending up defeated by 4-0.
The australians were defeated in the 1st round of this Group B against Germany, and the victory here is imperative if they are to proceed to next stage of the competition. With the exception of the veteran Tim Cahill, there only a few players that are known, and might have a good competitive rhythm given the championships and clubs they play for, with a few players representing english teams like Brighton & Hove Albion, Bristol City, Queens Park Rangers, Burton Albion, Huddersfield Town, and with two players from the Bundesliga, playing for Hertha Berlin and Stuttgart.
In their last 5 official matches, Australia has a record of 2 victories, 1 draw and 2 defeats. This sequence of results started with a 1-1 draw against Iraq. This result was followed by a 2-0 win over United Arab Emirates, a 2-3 win over Saudi Arabia, a 0-4 defeat against Brazil, and in their last clash, a 2-3 defeat against Germany.
Probable Lineup: Ryan – Degenek, Sainsbury and Wright – Leckie, Luongo, Milligan and Smith – Rogic and Mooy – Juric.
This will be their first ever direct confront. Both teams appear to have several defensive difficulties, while they seem to have good players in the offensive sector, which provide a match with several goal chances at both sides of the pitch.