Cameroon is the favorite in World Cup odds for this match that can be seen on ESPN.
2010 World Cup betting on the three-way line has Cameroon at +110, Japan at +240 and the Draw at +220. The total on this game is 2 with the over at -140. The winner of this match, if there is one, would definitely be in good position in Group E. It is expected that the Netherlands will win the group so the battle is for second place.
This will be the sixth World Cup for Cameroon, the most of any team from Africa. Cameroon is led by star striker Samuel Eto’o. He is capable of virtually anything with Cameroon, from scoring big goals to not showing up at all. Eto’o gets much of the press for Cameroon but the player to watch is Rigobert Song. He is the leader of the team, despite Eto’o and his goal scoring ability. Cameroon has a strong goalkeeper in Carlos Kameni, and two good midfielders in Alex Song and Jean Makoun. They also have Nicholas N’Koulou who could end up replacing Song in the future.
Japan will be making their fourth appearance in the World Cup. They have advanced to the second round only once and that was in 2002. Head coach Takeshi Okada was predicting big things for Japan in this year’s World Cup but the team really doesn’t look that strong. They have been terrible in the recent friendlies losing to South Korea, England and Ivory Coast. Many people have said that this match against Cameroon is a must-win for Japan if they are to make it to the next round. Japan does have some talent with Shinji Okazaki, Daisuke Matsui, Shunsuke Nakamura, Yasuhito Endo and Keisuke Honda. Japan doesn’t have many offensive threats so they will need Okazaki to score.
This match between Cameroon and Japan is one of the tougher ones to predict. Cameroon is the stronger team but you just never know what you are going to get with Eto’o. If he doesn’t come to play then Japan could steal this match and put Cameroon in danger of not advancing from Group E.