Cameroon may not have reached the second round of a World Cup since 1990, but they look set to rid themselves of the underachievers’ tag this year, starting with a win against Slovakia in tomorrow’s friendly.
Cameroon, spearheaded by record goalscorer Samuel Eto’o, will be the bigger goal threat, and victory for the Indomitable Lions is well priced at 5/4.
With a defence marshalled by Liverpool’s robust centre-back, Martin Skrtel, the unfancied Slovakians will hope to revive their impressive qualifying form which saw them beat the Czech Republic and Poland, and at 7/4 to win, they will prove to be far from walkovers for Cameroon.
Vladimir Weiss’s side have wobbled lately, however, with successive home defeats to Chile and Norway in their last two games.
Cameroon, in stark contrast, will take heart from their recent form, as they are unbeaten in four matches, including a 0-0 stalemate in Italy.
Having finished as runners-up in this year’s African Cup of Nations, Cameroon will fancy their chances of continuing their World Cup 2010 preparations with a win tomorrow.
The squad has a newfound solidity, formed around a core of Tottenham’s Sebastien Bassong and Alex Song of Arsenal, but it is in attack where they will make Slovakia suffer.
Eto’o is in flying form following Inter Milan’s Champions League triumph, while his strike partner Achille Webo has been similarly impressive in Real Mallorca’s unexpected surge to fifth place in La Liga.
Even with Skrtel present, Slovakia will struggle to contain such firepower, so it should be Cameroon who will prosper in this clash.
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