Saturday, June 19, 2010

Cameroon vs Denmark - Prediction


6:30 PM GMT, June 19, 2010
Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, South Africa

Team Stat Comparison

Matches Played11
Table Position34
Goal Difference-1-2
Goals for *0.00.0
Goals against *0.02.0
Last 5LL
Last 5 home
Last 5 awayLL
*  Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club
Stats: Cameroon | Denmark

Competition Stats

YellowsNicolas N'Koulou 1Simon Kjaer 1
Squads: Cameroon | Denmark

Cameroon player to watch: Alex Song. The Arsenal midfielder was left on the bench for the first game and they missed his presence in the middle of the pitch. A real ball-winner, Song's influence calms the Cameroon side and, when they have the ball, they can rest assured that he will provide the defence with cover. A good passer as well, he distributes the ball well and his inclusion is likely to stiffen the resolve of the Indomitable Lions.
Denmark player to watch: Nicklas Bendtner. A striker who blows hot and cold for club and country, he does not lack self-belief but, after a poor showing against Netherlands, he will be pushed further into the spotlight. A tall and agile frontman, he certainly gets himself into good positions but sometimes lacks the composure and finishing touch that make for a top-class striker. He will be under pressure to perform, but will fancy facing up against a shaky Cameroon defence.
Key battle: Samuel Eto'o v Simon Kjaer. After some pre-tournament build-up that suggested Eto'o may not even make the finals, he was marked out of the first game against Japan and did not make the impact he would have hoped for. However, now he will get his chance to play through the middle and will find himself up against one of the best young defenders in the business. The Palermo man is seeking his big move and most of Europe's elite are tracking him. How he handles one of Europe's best strikers could impact on where he ends up.
Trivia: Rigobert Song has racked up 135 caps with Cameroon. A defender now playing in the Turkish leagues, Song has the dubious distinction of being the youngest player ever sent off in the World Cup, aged 17.
Stats: Cameroon have won just one of their last 11 matches at World Cup finals, and have lost the last two without scoring. Denmark have always qualified for the knockout stages in their previous World Cup participations (1986, 1998 and 2002).
Odds: Ghana (2.87), Australia (2.50) and the draw (3.25) are all on offer atBet 365, but a 2-1 win to Denmark will get you 10.00.
Prediction: Both historical encounters between Cameroon and Denmark have ended 2-1 with each team winning once, so this one is too close to call. With Cameroon's issues off the pitch, 2-1 to Denmark looks a realistic outcome.

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