We're into the second round of group games at the Confederations Cup, and Kevin Hatchard thinks African champions Cameroon can pick up their first win.
"Australia were gifted two goals against Germany, and at times the gulf in class between the Socceroos and the world champions was embarrassingly wide."
Cameroon v Australia
Thursday June 22, 16:00
Live on ITV 4
Both of these sides kicked off the Confederations Cup with a defeat. African champions Cameroon conceded two late goals in a 2-0 loss to Chile, while Australia were edged out 3-2 by Germany.
Australia were gifted two goals by Germany keeper Bernd Leno, who let a Tom Rogic drive slip underneath him, and then spilled what should have been a routine take, allowing Tomi Juric to net the rebound. In the first half-hour of the contest, the gulf between the Socceroos and the world champions was embarrassingly wide. Ante Postecoglou's men didn't press hard enough, and repeatedly gave the ball away under little pressure.
Cameroon were justifiably beaten by Chile, although the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system saved them from going behind earlier than they did. Given that they suffered a hefty 4-0 defeat to Colombia in a shambolic friendly performance, you'd think we might treat their favouritism with a pinch of salt. However, coach Hugo Broos isn't panicking, and nor am I. Cameroon have some super players, like attacking powerhouse Vincent Aboubakar and livewire winger Christian Bassogog, and against a shaky Australian defence I can see those players making a few dents.
Cameroon are favourites at [2.5], and I think we can back them with a bit of insurance by using the Draw No Bet market.
Given Australia's commitment to an attacking style, there's an argument to back Over 2.5 Goals at [1.95]. However, this is a huge game for both sides in the context of who makes the next phase, and on that basis you never know whether these teams will switch to a safety-first approach.
Back Cameroon Draw No Bet at [1.8]
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