FIFA World Cup Group G preview: Dominant Brazil set for deep run in Qatar

FIFA World Cup Group G preview: Dominant Brazil set for deep run in Qatar

If it is Optaor practically any other data company, there is a strong assumption that Brazil will win the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

To do so, Brazil must make a difficult Group G move.

Switzerland proved it can upset the giants at last summer’s Euro 2020 after knocking out world champions France on penalties to Spain in the quarter-finals. Serbia will be equally tough with many in-form players entering the tournament. Plus Cameroon cannot be underestimated after reaching the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.

Group G Schedule

Nov. 24: Switzerland vs. Cameroon (5 a.m. ET)
Nov. 24: Brazil vs. Serbia (2 p.m. ET)
November 28: Cameroon vs Serbia (5 am ET)
November 28: Brazil vs Switzerland (11am)
December 2: Serbia vs. Switzerland (2 p.m. ET)
Dec. 2: Cameroon vs. Brazil (2 p.m. ET)


the teams

Brazil

FIFA World Ranking: 1
Top scorer in qualifying: Neymar (8 goals)
Odds to win the World Cup: +211 (via Sports Interact)
Odds to win the group: -314

World Cup Preliminaries: 21
Best Shows: Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002)
World Cup 2018: Quarter Finals

Editor: Tait
Possible formation: 4-4-2
Probable starting XI: Alisson (Liverpool) – Eder Militau (Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Alex Telles (Sevilla) – Rafinha (Barcelona), Casemiro (Manchester United), Fred (Manchester ) United), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid) – Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Richarlison (Tottenham).

Big question: Will Brazil’s dominant qualifying campaign translate to success at the World Cup?

Pulse: There is only one option for Brazil: win the whole thing. Anything less is seen as a bitter disappointment, especially after losing in the 2018 quarter-finals, and in the 2021 Copa America final to fierce rivals Argentina.

The X Factor: Fred-Casemiro double axis. The pair partnered for the tie throughout qualifying. Fred is given the freedom to get forward, with the full-back (usually the right side) pressing inside alongside Casemiro to create a midfield three for added protection.

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But both players have done well defensively against more demanding sides, so there is plenty of flexibility and they will be key to Brazil’s chances of progressing deeper into the knockout stages.

Breakout Candidate: Vencius Jr. It’s strange to call the European Cup winner and two-time La Liga champion a breakout candidate as we’ve seen the 22-year-old star in big games for Real Madrid. He scored in the 2022 Champions League final and scored 22 goals in 52 games in all competitions for Madrid last year. But now is the time to bring that energy Selecao.


Serbia’s Serj Milinkovic-Savic enters the World Cup in Qatar in some good form. (Peter Morrison/AP)

Serbia

FIFA World Ranking: 21st
Top scorer in qualifying: Aleksandar Mitrovic (eight goals)
Odds to win the World Cup: +4,852 (via Sports Interact)
Odds to win the group: +597

Previous World Cup appearances: 11 (as part of Yugoslavia)
Best performances: 4th place (1930 and 1962, as part of Yugoslavia)
World Cup 2018: Group Stage

Editor: Dragan Stojkovic
Possible formation: 3-4-3
Probable starting XI: Vanja Milinkovic-Savic (Torino); Nikola Milinkovic (Fiorentina), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Strahinja Pavlovic (Red Bull Salzburg); Andrija Zivkovic (PAOK), Serge Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Sasa Lukic (Torino), Filip Kostic (Juventus); Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).

Big question: Can Serbia put it all together in the first knockout stage of the predominantly Italian-based side after gaining independence?

Pulse: If 2018 was a practice test for Serbia, then 2022 is the real test. Players like Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Nikola Milinkovic are four years wiser and although this is a tough group, there will be a sense of disappointment if the Serbians fail to progress to the round of 16 given their attacking prowess and strong defence.

The X Factor: Serge Milinkovic-Savic. Expectations were high for Milinkovic-Savic in 2018 and he failed to live up to them. However, he enters this World Cup in excellent form for Lazio so he is primed to right some wrongs from four years ago.

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Breakout Candidate: Dusan Vlahovic. All eyes are on Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrović but it’s easy to forget that Vlaović is a top-class striker in his own right. He has eight goals and three assists in 16 caps for Serbia, and has yet to manage six goals for Juventus during a disastrous campaign for the club.

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Opposing teams will have a hard time getting past Swiss keeper Yann Sommer. (Michael Boholzer/Keystone via AP)

Switzerland
FIFA World Ranking: 15
Top scorer in qualifying: Briel Embolo (3 goals)
Odds to win the World Cup: +5,970 (via Sports Interact)
Odds to win the group: +515

Previous World Cup appearances: 11
Best appearances: Quarter-finals (1934, 1938 and 1954)
World Cup 2018: Round of 16

Editor: Murat Yukin
Possible formation: 4-2-3-1
Probable starting XI: Jan Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) – Sloan Widmer (Mainz 05), Manuel Akanji (Manchester City), Nico Elvidi (Borussia Monchengladbach), Ricardo Rodriguez (Torino) – Remo Freyler (Nottingham Forest), Xherskal – Xherdan Shaqiri (Chicago Fire), Gabriel Soo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ruben Vargas (Augsburg) – Briel Embolo (Monaco).

Big question: Can Switzerland repeat their Euro 2020 form and reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup since 1954?

Pulse: Switzerland have slowly made their way from the regular tournament to the knockout stage. After losing to France in the Euros, fans are hoping to make it to the last eight, which Qatar will be in the hands of.

The X Factor: Yann Sommer’s penalty shootout hero against France will be crucial to Switzerland’s success and he has already warmed up. Sommer is saving an above-average 3.7 goals in the Bundesliga this season FBRef.comwhich is tied for first with Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.

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Breakout Candidate: Noah Okafor. RB Salzburg has a striker According to the report He has attracted interest from Europe’s biggest clubs after scoring three goals in six Champions League games to go with his seven in 14 league games. Briel Mbulo may be the current starter but Okafor will be a dynamo in relief.

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Cameroon’s Eric Maxim Choupou Moeting shares a laugh with teammates during training. (Themba Hadebe/AP)

Cameroon
FIFA World Ranking: 43
Top Scorer in Qualifying: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Carl Toko Akembe (2 goals)
World Cup Winning Odds: +15,300 (via Sports Interact)
Odds to win the group: +1,700

Previous World Cup appearances: Seven
Best performances: Quarter-finals in 1990
2018 World Cup: Did not qualify

Editor: Rigobert Song
Possible formation: 4-4-2
Probable starting XI: Andre Ona (Inter Milan) – Collins Faye (Al Thai), Jean-Charles Castelletto (Nantes), Nicolas Niccolo (Arres), Noho Tulo (Seattle Sounders) – Brian Mbiomo (Brentford), Andre Frank Zambo Ingwesa ( Napoli), Samuel Ohm – Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Bayern Munich), Vincent Abubakar (Al Nasser).

Big question: Will Cameron’s marquee players guide them through a difficult, if unbalanced, group?

Pulse: Samuel Eto’o, president of Cameroon’s federation, has guided his country Reached the World Cup finals. These are some of the high hopes Cameroon have for one of the toughest groups in the tournament.

The X Factor: Eric Maxim Choupo Moting. The 33-year-old has locked down a starting spot at Bayern Munich in recent weeks and for good reason. Chopo Moting has scored 11 goals in his last 12 games, which hasn’t come at the best of times for Cameroon.

Breakout Candidate: Bryan Mbeumo. The French-born forward is committed to his father’s homeland of Cameroon in August but he will certainly be a threat alongside Chopo Moting and Thoko Akembe.


A bold prediction for Group G

Switzerland will advance as Group G winners against Brazil, who will finish second ahead of Serbia.

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