Kick-off: 1900, 02/12/2022
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium
Brazil have made smooth progress so far at Qatar 2022 and are expected to complete a hat-trick of Group G wins when facing Cameroon.
The Indomitable Lions showed great spirit when drawing with Serbia last time out but it is hard to see them securing the win they need here.
We like 29/10 for the Selecao to prevail by exactly two goals as our first Cameroon vs Brazil prediction.
After opening up with a 1-0 loss to Switzerland, Cameroon struck first versus Serbia through Jean-Charles Castelletto on 29 minutes.
The Indomitable Lions then conceded twice in first-half stoppage time and fell 3-1 behind eight minutes into the second period.
Just when the African side looked down and out, though, substitute Vincent Aboubakar and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting hauled them level with a couple of counter-attack goals.
Head coach Rigobert Song said: “We saw that the players rallied back and I can only be happy about that. We showed fighting spirit.
“The most important thing is to give the Cameroon people emotions. What matters is the mindset and the collective spirit and in that regard, we played a great game.”
Cameroon avoided a ninth successive World Cup finals defeat without Inter Milan keeper Andre Onana, who was controversially left out of the squad amid reports of a training ground bust-up with Song.
On this occasion, the Indomitable Lions will surely try to stifle Brazil early on and then somehow pinch a win in the latter stages.
Looking at the 93/100 for more goals to be scored in the second half is a percentage pick.
Brazil just need a point to make sure of topping this pool after putting in two professional performances to date.
Richarlison bagged both goals in a 2-0 defeat of Serbia and then Casemiro’s 83rd-minute stunner finally ended Switzerland’s stubborn resistance.
Vinicius Junior had earlier been denied by a VAR offside ruling against the Swiss and the Selecao created several clear-cut chances to double their advantage in the closing stages.
Manchester United star Casemiro believes Brazil are better placed to mount a serious challenge for glory than they were four years ago, when beaten by Belgium in the last eight.
“Four years have gone by, there are new players,” said Casemiro, who was hailed by injured teammate Neymar as being “the best midfielder in the world for a long time”.
“This year, we have a wider range of options, we have more players to choose from.
“Without even changing the team, we have a possibility of changing the way we play. If we substitute players, we have even more options.
“Therefore, there is no doubt whatsoever that the options are much greater than those in 2018.”
Brazil’s strength in depth may well be tested here if manager Tite opts to rest some key figures ahead of the knockout stages.
Gabriel Jesus, Rodrygo and Antony have all been used as second-half substitutes in both matches so far, but could start this time.
Arsenal ace Jesus has a fine scoring record at international level, with 19 goals in 58 games, and he gets the nod to net first at 10/3 in our Cameroon vs Brazil betting tips.
(Assist: Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu)
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