A tale of two teams will be on display when Group E action comes to an end in South Africa. Netherlands has looked flawless throughout their opening two fixtures, and have all but secured the top spot. Meanwhile, their African counterparts from Cameroon have endured turmoil within their camp, and are already eliminated before their final match.
Despite the dominance of the Dutch in the early stages of the World Cup, an outside shot does exist at them possibly relinquishing their possession of first-place, so expect a motivated Netherlands squad. Additionally, coach Bert van Marjwik has stressed entering the knockout phase with full confidence and ability, and will surely look to trounce a spiritless Cameroon team.
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Netherlands vs Cameroon Odds:
Cameroon meanwhile has been a mess in South Africa. Carrying the hopes and expectations of a continent entering the competition, they’ve been a massive disappointment. The team has been ravaged by instances of infighting and a dysfunctional relationship between the players and the manager. They’ll be looking to salvage an already lost tournament with a shock victory over the Netherlands. The Indomitable Lions have always possessed the talent, it will frankly be a matter of determination which will decide how willing Cameroon is to win.
Keys to the Game:
For Cameroon something will need to go their way early on in this fixture. The Dutch possess an explosive offense, and will be looking to uphold their reputation of being renowned s world-class footballers. Cameroon must push the pace of the match early and make the Netherlands work for their offensive opportunities. One of their strengths is the speed they bring to the pitch, and if they move the ball quickly and chase, the Dutch may not be able to keep up. Cameroon must play for pride in their final match, and they’ll be buoyed by the additions of coach Paul Le Guen. As many a six new faces could enter the Cameroonian starting 11 in what will be an exhilarating moment for all of these players.
The Dutch are simply looking to maintain the status quo with their team. They have looked dominant against Denmark and Japan, and have been exceptionally strong at the backend. Although their opening performances haven’t been necessarily entertaining, their wins have been thoroughly controlled, and never in doubt. Heading into their last group fixture against Cameroon, expect coach Bert van Marjwik to be cautious in the handling of his players. Both Robin van Persie, and Gregory van der Wiel enter the match currently with yellow cards to their name, putting them in danger of missing their upcoming second round match. The Netherlands will still have to do without their best player, midfielder Arjen Robben. His hamstring injury has yet to heal, and the coaching staff of the Dutch is hopeful he will be fully fit for their crucial knockout games. Look for van Marjwik to stick with the exact same lineup for the third straight match, and maintain the nice groove the squad is currently in.
What to Expect:
It’s tough to predict what Cameroon side will show up. They’re a talented team, yet in a match where they’ve already been eliminated from contention, it will be interesting to see how they perform. Especially when you consider the immediate future of their head coach Paul Le Guen. Recent reports have him leaving his current post following the World Cup to take over at Australia. You can’t help but wonder what kind of impact that will have on his team in his final match. Yet, the Indomitable Lions certainly haven’t lived up to their fierce nickname in South Africa, and should disappointingly bow out with a whimper against a strong Dutch side. Cameroon is entering a tough situation here, essentially devoid of any motivation, coming up against a Netherlands side at the peak of their game. Expect the Netherlands to rout a disinterested Cameroon squad.
Netherlands vs Cameroon Prediction: Netherlands 2 – Cameroon 0
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