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Rupert Wyman 13th Jun 2010 - 15:54

Away day sickness for Japan

Japan face Cameroon after losing to Serbia, South Korea , England and Ivory Coast in four straight World Cup warm-up friendlies.

They also lost to Zimbabwe in a poor 0-0 training ground draw.

On Thursday, South Korea represented Asia against Greece and put in a solid performance. However, I do not think it is likely that Japan can emulate South Korea.

They are not as skilful and are too defensively minded. In their national press, they have been humiliated for being too negative on the ball. The manager Takeshi Okada has changed Japan's playing style, they used to concentrate on their off the ball movement and swift passing but they now tend to sit behind the ball.

They have never won a World Cup game on foreign soil but tomorrow. They have few renowned players, Inamoto played for Fulham and Arsenal. Nakamura is a Celtic legend but otherwise the rest of the players are genrally unknown quantities.

If Japan beat Cameroon, they have an outside chance of making the group stages.

Cameroon's lead-up to the World Cup has not been completely smooth. Coach Paul Le Guen has had to deal with controversy surrounding Samuel Eto'o. Eto'o is one of the best players in the world and is by far the best player performing in this match.

However he is temperamental and precious. He threatened to leave the camp because the Cameroon icon Roger Milla accused the Inter Milan star of lacking commitment.

For Cameroon this is their sixth World Cup, their best finish was reaching the quarter-finals in 1990. They should be buoyed by the news that a fellow African team Ghana, managed to beat Serbia earlier today.

They are an entertaining team and with Eto'o, they have the potential to score plenty of goals.

Cameroon are priced at 11/10, the draw is 21/10 and a Japanese win is 11/4. I cannot see the Japan beating Cameroon and although they may get a point tomorrow, I think it is highly unlikely that they will win a single group game.

Japan have scored only one goal in the last five games,  in the Teams To Score market, Cameroon Only is 2/1.

It would not be surprise if Cameroon kept a clean sheet, Japan have not got a world class striker in their first eleven.

It is 6/1 for Samuel Eto'o to Score in Both Halves, he can be quite selfish when on the ball for Cameroon probably, because his teammates at Cameroon are not the same quality as Inter Milan.

In terms of goals, the 2010 World Cup has seen very few but there may be a few goals in this game. The pattern has to change soon, there has not yet been more than two goals in one game.

I would have a small flutter on Cameroon -2 goals at 9/1 in the Match Handicap market. I don't think Cameroon will make an impression throughout the tournament but they will beat a Japan side that struggle away from home.

 

 
 
 

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