In the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Brazil is favoured to do more than only win Group G. In the eyes of the betting public. They are the tournament favourites.
Two quality European teams will provide the most difficulty in the group stage. To kick off the competition, the Selecao will face Serbia, with several dangerous offensive players that might threaten the team.
With Brazil remaining on their schedule, Switzerland got off to a great start by beating Cameroon 1-0 in a game considered a must-win for both sides.
On the tournament’s second day, Brazil will face the Swiss, while Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions will be playing for survival against Serbia.
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Group G Match Schedule
|Thurs, Nov. 24||Switzerland vs Cameroon||05:00 A.M.||Al Janoub Stadium|
|Thurs, Nov. 24||Brazil vs Serbia||02:00 P.M.||Lusail Stadium|
|Mon, Nov. 28||Cameroon vs Serbia||05:00 A.M.||Al Janoub Stadium|
|Mon, Nov. 28||Brazil vs Switzerland||11:00 A.M.||Stadium 974|
|Fri, Dec. 2||Cameroon vs Brazil||02:00 P.M.||Lusail Stadium|
|Fri, Dec. 2||Serbia vs Switzerland||02:00 P.M.||Stadium 974|
The group’s four teams compete against one another in a round-robin style. Three points are awarded for a victory, one point is awarded for a tie, and zero points are awarded for a defeat in determining the final rankings of each group.
The two best teams in each group, determined by point totals, go on to the elimination rounds. If both teams have the same no of points, the difference in goals scored between them is used to break the tie. Another set of tiebreakers is used if the teams are deadlocked in those areas.
Brief Team Review: Switzerland
Switzerland concluded their World Cup qualifying campaign with a bang, thrashing Bulgaria 4-0 at home in November to cement their position atop Group C and secure an automatic berth in Qatar.
Murat Yakin’s squad is one to keep an eye on in this tournament, as they went undefeated in qualifying while allowing just two goals. Their strength is in their solid defensive structure, but they have shown they can also score goals.
Xherdan Shaqiri, once of Liverpool and Bayern Munich, is currently playing for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. The soon-to-be 31-year-old is the team’s talisman, and he is anticipated to start in the forward position and give an offensive spark.
Fabian Schar of Newcastle United and new Manchester City recruit Manuel Akanji are both solid defensive additions.
- Current FIFA World Ranking: No. 15 (November 2022)
- Regional Ranking: 11th (UEFA)
- FIFA World Cup Titles: None
- FIFA World Cup Appearances (Last): 11 Times (Russia 2018)
- How Qualified They Are: UEFA Group C Winners (5W-0L-3D)
- Switzerland Team Coach Name: Murat Yakin (Switzerland) since August 2021
- Key Players of Switzerland to Watch: Granit Xhaka (Arsenal / England), Xherdan Shaqiri (Chicago Fire / USA), Manuel Akanji (Man City / England)
Brief Team Review: Cameroon
Champions League veterans With a stunning winner-take-all aggregate victory against Algeria in late March, Cameroon secured their first appearance in the finals since 2014.
As they prepare to compete in their eighth World Cup, the Indomitable Lions know they can count on a strong core of veterans who have proven themselves on the biggest stages. A lot will be expected of Captain Vincent Aboubakar since he is a seasoned performer on the international stage.
Cameroon’s best result in the competition was a semifinal run in Italy in 1990. After finishing 3rd at the Africa Cup of Nations, its flamboyant coach Rigobert Song — who played for Liverpool and had four World Cup appearances himself — will be optimistic about his team’s chances.
- Current FIFA World Ranking: No. 43 (November 2022)
- Regional Ranking: 7th (CAF)
- FIFA World Cup Titles: None
- FIFA World Cup Appearances (Last): 7 Times (Brazil 2014)
- How Qualified They Are: CAF Third Round winners (Agg 2-2 vs Algeria, Cameroon wins on away goals)
- Cameroon Team Coach Name: Rigobert Song (Cameroon) since February 2022
- Key Players of Cameroon to Watch: Vincent Aboubakar (Al Nassr / Saudi Arabia), Andre Onana (Ajax / Netherlands), Karl Toko Ejambi (Lyon / France)
Brief Team Review: Brazil
Without Brazil, it wouldn’t feel like the World Cup, and the Selecao will be fighting to break the supremacy of Europe on the grandest platform for the first time since 2002 when they won their fifth World Cup.
Although Argentina defeated Brazil in last year’s Copa America final, many still see Brazil as the side most likely to win the World Cup and restore South American dominance.
Sole five goals were scored against Brazil in 2021, with Angel Di Maria’s goal in July at the Maracana being the cause of their only loss. The success or failure of their team will largely depend on how well their offensive powers mesh, with the pressure being put on Neymar to have a World Cup performance worthy of his abilities with Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr.
- Current FIFA World Ranking: No. 1 (August 2022)
- Regional Ranking: 1st (CONMEBOL)
- FIFA World Cup Titles: 5 Times
- FIFA World Cup Appearances (Last): 21 Times (Russia 2018)
- How Qualified They Are: CONMEBOL World Cup Qualification winners: 14W-0L-3D
- Brazil Team Coach Name: Tite (Brazil) since June 2016
- Key Players of Brazil to Watch: Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain / France), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain / France), Vinicius Jr. (Real Madrid / Spain)
Brief Team Review: Serbia
Serbia finished first and undefeated in a tight qualification group featuring Portugal. But missed out on the Euro 2020 but did qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Balkan country automatically qualified for the finals thanks to a late victory over Cristiano Ronaldo and co. in November last year.
While Fulham’s Premier League revelation Aleksandar Mitrovic and Fiorentina’s Luka Jovic are two more good offensive alternatives, the group’s opponents are expected to have trouble dealing with veteran captain Dusan Tadic’s inventiveness and flair. They may be able to shock many people with their play if they stay together.
- Current FIFA World Ranking: No. 21 (November 2022)
- Regional Ranking: 13th (UEFA)
- World Cup Titles: None
- FIFA World Cup Appearances (Last): 12 Times (Russia 2018)
- How Qualified They Are: UEFA Group A Winners (6W-0L-2D)
- Serbia Team Coach Name: Dragan Stojkovic (Serbia) Since March 2021
- Key Players of Serbia to Watch: Dusan Tadic (Ajax / Netherlands), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham / England), Luka Jovic (Fiorentina / Italy)