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2014 World Cup Preview: Mexico vs. Cameroon

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Mexico have had a rough road en route to this World Cup tournament as they lost their final two friendlies, both 1-0 to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Portugal respectively. Now, they have to find a way to keep their heads held high as they embark on their adventure tomorrow against Cameroon.

The most surprising aspect of their plan is to bench striker Javier Hernandez in favor of either Oribe Peralta, Giovanni dos Santos or Raul Jimenez. All three of these guys are proven scorers and tend to show a bit more heart on the scoring front nowadays. Well, now is their time to prove that they truly are superior to Hernandez.

Mexico plays a decent possession game in their 5-3-2 set-up, but struggle to really make any noise offensively. Sure they defeated Israel 3-0 and Ecuador 3-1, but against better World Cup teams in Bosnia and Portugal, they managed to score nothing. The team relies on their wingbacks to constantly push up to join the attack, but immediately drop back once possession is lost. This is asking a bit too much for a team that relies on too much pass-oriented play.

The team will most likely opt to stick with this formation since they have been doing so for some time now. All they can realistically do is to field the best possible line-up they have. The team has a lot of talented and hard-working players. All they have to do now is make sure they prove so starting tomorrow.

Cameroon will be led by Samuel Eto’o who is 33-years-old, but is playing at a high level just a month after ending his Chelsea stint. He will captain this team and be the main option in the final third. The midfield will be led by Alex Song and Stephane Mbia who just helped Sevilla to winning the Europa League. The defense will be led by Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Aurelien Chedjou who are both stalwarts in their respective positions.

Prediction: Mexico 1, Cameroon 1

Mexico will play possession, but their attacking plays will be too predictable for a team that will sit back and look for the counter and even a lucky break.