Georgia V Cameroon Betting: International Friendly

24th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

Georgia V Cameroon

 

Tuesday, 25th May – 15:30 GMT
International Friendly
Neutral Venue: Linz, Austria

 

To this very day Cameroon’s endearing antics at the Italia ’90 finals has set the benchmark for future African generations, with their last-eight progress the furthest any African nation has gone in the finals of a World Cup. It’s a mean feat, although one which has been equalled since when Senegal thrived off their underdog status in Korea/Japan 2002. However, it was Cameroon’s achievements in Italy which has set the tone for all African sides to follow and the last-eight will be the target for the six African nations participating in the first ever finals to be held on the African continent, a factor which should benefit all six teams.

Out of all six, Cameroon are one of the more fancied nations to go well at South Africa, with their favourable draw enhancing their chances of making the knock-out stage for the first time since their unforgettable journey in Italy 20 years ago. It was at that time when Brazil legend Pele claimed an African side would win the most coveted international trophy on the planet sometime in the near future, and with Cameroon representing one of Africa’s brighter hopes, will the ‘Indomitable Lions’ handle the expectant pressure or will they crumble under the spotlight and leave through the exit doors with a whimper? We won’t know until a few weeks time when Cameroon take on Japan in a Group E consisting of the Netherlands and Denmark.

We won’t know for sure how Cameroon will fare in South Africa, with their topsy-turvy qualifying campaign perhaps a clear indication that Paul Le Guen‘s Lions aren’t at their roaring best quite yet, although a friendly with European based Georgia might provide puzzled pundits and punters with some answers. The Georgians are ranked as low as 119 in the FIFA Rankings, a massive 100 places lower than Cameroon, while their lacklustre efforts during qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup – Finishing stone last in a group containing current World champions Italy, Republic of Ireland and Bulgaria – would suggest the African team are the clear favourites for this friendly clash. Georgia went through qualifying without a win, collecting just three points from their ten qualifiers. With all this in mind, it would appear the only challenge for Cameroon is overcoming the playing away factor.

 

It’s all good and well scheduling a nice and easy fixture before the finals, a game which could set Cameroon up nicely should they win handsomely as it would instil a great deal of confidence into the entire camp. However, were Le Guen’s men to come up short in Linz, Austria, it would lead to doubts surrounding their chances in South Africa in June next month, as well it might have some adverse affects on the players in the knowledge that they couldn’t beat a poor Georgia side which struggled immensely during qualifying. This friendly has now become a ‘must win’ for the ‘Indomitable Lions’ as anything less than a resounding win would scupper their pre-World Cup preparations.

There are, though, enough doubts circling around the Cameroon camp after their poor showing at the African Cup of Nations in Angola at the beginning of the year, hobbling out of Africa’s equivalent to the UEFA European Championship at the quarter-final stage after a disastrous showing. Paul Le Geun has made changes since, including a switch of leadership from the veteran defender Rigobert Song to inspirational and prolific forward Samuel Eto, the country’s all-time leading scorer with 44 goals. The pressure is, however, well and truly on Cameroon to perform in South Africa after their poor AFON campaign in January, while building up some pre-tournament momentum is key in their bid to escape a competitive Group E.

 

Match Odds

Georgia – 5.50 SkyBet
Draw – 3.75 bWin
Cameroon – 1.77 Expekt

 

Our Prediction: Cameroon to WIN – 1.77 Expekt

Despite a poor African Cup of Nations campaign back in January in Angola, Paul Le Guen‘s Cameroon should see off lowly Georgia without too much of a fuss. They have enough guile and strength in the final third to overpower the Georgians, with captain Samuel Eto the star man up front for the Indomitable Lions in a team which has a strong core of Kameni between the sticks, Rigobert Song in the heart of the defence and Arsenal’s Alex Song bossing the midfield. On the wings they have the benefit of some useful pace from Pierre Webo and Achille Emana, although the latter won’t play any part as the Spanish Segunda season is still in full flight. It is, though, the Cameroon defence which has been heavily scrutinised in recent months which is surprising considering two Premier League stars make up the back four alongside an experienced Rigo Song. Tottenham’s duo of Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Sebastien Bassong should make good use of a gruelling yet successful Premier League campaign in England, bolstering the Cameroon defence with some noteworthy Premiership presence.

Georgia were drastic during qualifying, failing to win any of their ten qualifiers whilst losing all five games outside of Georgia. From a nation where their biggest star is a defender in AC Milan stalwart Kakha Kaladze, and a large portion of their international play their football back home in Georgia, we don’t see them putting up much of a resistance.

Our Recommendation:
Cameroon to WIN 2-0 (Correct Score) – 7.50 Boylesports




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