Japan vs Cameroon preview – Group E

The second Group E match of the 2010 World Cup has Japan taking on Cameroon on Tuesday 15th June at 12:00am Melbourne time at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

These two sides last met in a 2007 friendly where Japan scored a 2-0 victory.

Japan averaged 1.92 goals per game during qualifying with Yasuhito Endo, Shunsuke Nakamura, Marcus Tulio Tanaka and Yuji Nakazawa all scoring 3 goals each.

Cameroon scored at 1.92 per game and Samuel Etoo was brilliant with 9 goals while Jean Makoun and Achille Emana scored 3 each.

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When: Tuesday 14th June
Time: 12:00 AEST Monday Midnight Melbourne time
Where: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
TV: Televised live on SBS

Last time they met
22.08.07 Japan 2-0 Cameroon Friendly

Recent History
22.08.07 Japan 2-0 Cameroon Friendly
02.06.01 Cameroon 0-2 Japan Confederations Cup

Latest Japan and Cameroon Form

Japan (#45)
04.06.10 Lost Japan 0-2 Côte d’Ivoire Friendly
30.05.10 Lost Japan 1-2 England Friendly
24.05.10 Lost Japan 0-2 Korea Republic Friendly
07.04.10 Lost Japan 0-3 Serbia Friendly
03.03.10 WON Japan 2-0 Bahrain Asian Cup

Japan warm up form for the World Cup is not the greatest and they have scored just one goal in their last four losing games all against competing World Cup teams.

Cameroon (#19)
05.06.10 Lost Serbia 4-3 Cameroon Friendly
01.06.10 Lost Portugal 3-1 Cameroon Friendly
29.05.10 Draw Slovakia 1-1 Cameroon Friendly
25.05.10 Draw Georgia 0-0 Cameroon Friendly
27.03.10 WON Cameroon 3-0 Congo African Nations

Cameroon have lost their last four friendly games including three against World Cup teams in Serbia, Portugal and Slovakia.

Japan vs Cameroon Preview

Japan have won two of the last three Asian Cups and are one of the best teams to come out of Asia. They were also one of the first teams to qualify for the World Cup.

Tulio Tanaka scored the only goal for the Japanese in recent friendlies.

Cameroon got past the Cape Verde Islands, Tanzania and Mauritius to finish on top of their group and in their final qualifying group the Indomitable Lions conceded just two goals.

Pierre Webo has scored three goals in recent games.

Sportsbet odds for Japan and Cameroon

Japan 3.60
Draw 3.25
Cameroon 2.10

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Japan vs Cameroon Match Prediction

Both sides are capable of beating the other and one expects they will both be doing their best not to lose this game making the draw a big chance. The one difference between the two sides is Cameroon have a quality front man in Samuel Etoo and he may end up being the difference if there is to be a winner.

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We predict a draw for this match but Cameroon look the more likely to score and taking them +0.5 on the Asian Handicap is another option. Check out Betfair for the best price you can get.

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