Japan vs Cameroon – Betting picks and preview

World Cup BettingJapan plays Cameroon today in both teams first match in group E at the World Cup. The match will be played at 15:00 BST at Bloemfontein and is considered to be a key match for both teams at the group stage. With strong teams like the Netherland and Denmark also in the group, it could be a very important win for both teams in their campaign to progress to the 1/8 finals of the World Cup.

Match Preview

The Lions from Cameroon is normally a good acquaintance at the World Cup and most people remember their great run in Italy in 1990, where they reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Back then their star striker Roger Milla lit up, and today they are hoping for Samuel Eto’o to do the same. Ironically he threatened to leave before the World Cup even started following criticism from Milla, which might have ruined his concentration and preparation for the World Cup somewhat, but no one can question his qualities. Since their quarter-final they have not managed to go through from the group stage, but hope to turn this around once again at the 2010 World Cup. However their defense has been looking shaky in their qualification and during their disappointing campaign in Africa Cup of Nations in January.

The Japanese team could hardly have had a worse preparation for the World Cup. They have lost their four warm-up matches and only managed to draw against a poor playing Zimbabwe team this week. At the same time they have only managed to score one goal in all these matches, which must leave Coach Takeshi Okada’s worried before their first game today. From an outside perspective they are considered the worst team in the group E by most experts, and it is hard to see how they should overcome their poor performances in their preparations.

Team news

Cameroon has a full and fit squad for the match today with only Arsenal midfielder Alexandre Song is doubtful for the starting line-up.

After the return of midfielder Makoto Hasebe Japan looks to have a full squad for the match and will play at full strength.

Japan vs Cameroon betting pick

Outright win for Cameroon at odds 2.26.

Our betting pick will be Cameroon to win, which is primarily based on the two teams preparation for the World Cup. Japan seems to be one of the weakest teams at the World Cup, and while Cameroon has not shown great play either, they are the favorites and are stronger on paper. Even though Japan has not lost in their previous three encounters with Cameroon, we predict this will be changed today.

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