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Socceroos face do-or-die clash against Cameroon

Wed, Jun 21, 11:05am by Senior Writer

Australia v Cameroon, St Petersburg, Friday June 23, 1am AEST

Australia’s hopes of progressing to the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup hang on the Socceroos getting all three points in Friday morning’s match against African champions Cameroon in St Petersburg.

The Socceroos lost their opening game 3-2 against Germany, a scoreline which was widely assessed as flattering Australia, and the jury is still out on where they sit in the pecking order of world football.

Coach Ange Postecoglou is determined to continue to play a style of football unfamiliar to the national team, with three at the back, and an emphasis on possession and passing. Postecoglou’s eye is clearly on how Australia perform at next year’s World Cup as opposed to this tournament, which is little more than a warm-up.

But the punters have lost the faith his Ange and his men, and Cameroon go into this match as $2.30 favourites, with Australia $3.10 and the draw at $3.

It’s a must-win match for Cameroon as well after they were beaten 2-0 by Chile in their opener earlier this week.

It took the Copa America champions 81 minutes to break down the Cameroon defence, before they added a second in added time. The difference in that game was the class of Alexis Sanchez, who played a key role in both goals for Chile having come on as a second half sub.

The Aussies have some quality players, including Tom Rogic, who scored against Germany, but none of the game-changing ability of Sanchez.

But neither do Cameroon, who while they are well organised, are built from the defence out and lack the star quality of the previous generation of Cameroon players.

While there have been calls for the Socceroos tor revert to the more familiar direct and physical type of play, that won’t work against muscular and athletic opposition like this. If ever the ‘passing out from the back’ style is going to work, it is against Cameroon and Ange may get his rewards in this match.

In terms of the best betting markets, while Jamie Maclaren ($6.50) and Tim Cahill ($7.50) are at the top of the Aussie goalscoring market, the $7.50 about Tomi Juric to open the scoring looks a decent bet, with a saver of Rogic at $12. Juric seems to get in the right spot to score and the $3.40 for him to score at any time also appeals.

Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar is the $5 overall favourite to be first goalscorer and is $2.50 to score at any time.

For those who fancy an Aussie victory, the $5.50 about Australia to win to nil in this game is another bet worth considering. While the Australian defence has looked shaky against Brazil and Germany, Cameroon won’t offer the same challenge.

For those less cavalier, the bet worth considering is a $1.57 for Australia at the +1 handicap, which is effectively Australia win either win or draw.

Suggested Bets:

Back Tomi Juric to score at any time at $3.40

Back Australia to win to nil at $5

Back Australia at the +1 handicap – $1.57

Sportsbet Market

Result:

Cameroon $2.30

Draw $3.30

Australia $3.10

Correct Score 

Cameroon 1 – 0 $8.50

Draw 0 – 0 $11

Australia 1 – 0 $11

Cameroon 2 – 0 $12

Draw 1 – 1 $6.50

Australia 2 – 0 $17

Cameroon 2 – 1 $9.50

Draw 2 – 2 $14

Australia 2 – 1 $12

Cameroon 3 – 0 $23

Draw 3 – 3 $61

Australia 3 – 0 $36

Cameroon 3 – 1 $19

Draw 4 – 4 $501

Australia 3 – 1 $26

Cameroon 3 – 2 $26

Draw 5 – 5 $501

Australia 3 – 2 $36

Cameroon 4 – 0 $76

Australia 4 – 0 $126

Cameroon 4 – 1 $51

Australia 4 – 1 $81

Cameroon 4 – 2 $81

Australia 4 – 2 $126

Cameroon 4 – 3 $176

Australia 4 – 3 $251

Cameroon 5 – 0 $226

Australia 5 – 0 $501
First Goalscorer

V Aboubakar $5

No Goalscorer $9.50

J MacLaren $6.50

B Moukandjo $5.50

T Cahill $7.50

K Toko $7

T Juric $7.50

M Ngamaleu $7

J Irvine $9.50

R Ndip Tambe $8

A Hrustic $10

C Bassogog $8

M Leckie $10

J Zoua $8

R Kruse $10

O Boumal $8.50

J Troisi $11

P Boumal $13

T Rogic $12

Others: $15 or Longer

 


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