22 Jun, 17:00
Time: 6:00 PM
Venue: Stadion Krestovskyi, Russia.
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions face Australia’s Socceroos in a must-win match of their ultra competitive Group B. Both teams suffered disheartening losses in their opening matches, with the former being outclassed 2-0 by Chile while the latter narrow lost out 3-2 to defending World Cup champions Germany.
A loss for either side could mean an early exit from the FIFA Confederations Cup competition and a considerable dent in the resumes of Hugo Broos and Ange Postecoglou’s - the two tacticians tasked with coaching the respective sides. Both chiefs are well aware that they will be no room for error in the upcoming fixture.
The two managers will have to choose what tactics to deploy against their opponent carefully after being forced to go back to the drawing table by their previous outings. Cameroon chose to sit back and patiently wait for counter-attacks against Chile, a passive approach which ultimately did them in. On the other hand, Australia put up a spirited against Germany, but momentary lapses in concentration as the match wound down gave their opponents the edge - a mistake the Socceroos will look to correct.
The following depicts the teams’ forms in their last six outings:
Cameroon: L L W L W W
Australia: L L W W D D
Cameroon: Fabrice Ondoa; Ernest Mabouka, Adolphe Teikeu, Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui, Collins Fai; Sebastien Siani, Arnaud Djoum, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa; Christian Bassogog, Vincent Aboubakar, Benjamin Moukandjo.
Australia: Mat Ryan; Bailey Wright, Milos Degenek, Trent Sainsbury; Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Aziz Behich, Jackson Irvine, Tom Rogic, Mathew Leckie; Tomi Juric.
The verdict: This is bound to be a high octane clash, so expect both teams to score. I would give the edge to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winners because Australia’s leaky defense is likely to have a hard time keeping the pacy Indomitable Lions at bay, having conceded goals in seven out of their last eight matches - seven in their last two games.