One of the longshots in 2010 World Cup odds that actually has a chance to make it to the round of 16 is Cameroon.
They play in Group E with the Netherlands, Denmark and Japan. Cameroon is +375 to win Group E behind the favored Netherlands.
Cameroon is a longshot overall to win the World Cup at 75-1 but they do have a superstar player in Samuel Eto’o. Whether Cameroon can get Eto’o to play up to his ability is the question. Cameroon has gone six straight matches without a win so they are not in the best form heading into their World Cup opener against Japan on Monday, June 14th. That match is simply a must win for Cameroon if they are to make it out of Group E. They can’t afford to let that match slip away. Cameroon is even money on the three-way soccer line to win that match while Japan is +250 and the Draw at +230.
Cameroon is relying upon their captain, Eto’o to play well but his recent form does nothing to inspire confidence. He drew two yellow cards in a recent friendly against Portugal and he has been verbally sparring with former star Roger Milla. Many people surrounding the team are very worried with the recent form. The team does play a final friendly against Serbia on Saturday and they badly need to win that match just for some confidence heading into next week’s World Cup betting action.
Cameroon has the ability to get out of this group and reach the knockout stage but only if Eto’o has his head on straight and is playing well. If not, they could go winless. Sometimes in sports a star player will decide to show up on the big stage and play well. If that happens with Eto’o then Cameroon could be a serious threat in the World Cup. If not, they could be out after the group stage.
Cameroon does not have some players other than Eto’o who can make a difference but they are complementary players. Pierre Webo can be creative but he needs Eto’o to finish. The midfield is solid with Jean Makoun, Stephane Mbia, and Alexandre Song so they could be tough to score against.