FIFA World Cup: Monday 28 November

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FixturePrediction
Cameroon vs SerbiaSerbia winBet Now
South Korea vs GhanaSouth Korea winBet Now
Brazil vs SwitzerlandBrazil winBet Now
Portugal vs UruguayOver 2.5 goalsBet Now

Cameroon vs Serbia

28 November 2022

BCA Prediction: Serbia Win

Cameroon and Serbia both lost their opening group games, and both will now see this match as very crucial to their hopes of making it to the second round. Serbia lost 2-0 to Brazil, but they held their own in the first half before eventually succumbing after the break. The defeat means they have now lost just 2 of their last 19 competitive internationals. They topped their qualifying group ahead of Portugal and also topped their Nations League group, so they are a side in good form.

Cameroon lost 1-0 to Switzerland, extending their terrible recent World Cup record to seven consecutive group-stage defeats. Rigobert Song’s side have now lost 3 of their last six competitive internationals. In spite of this, they are still a hard nut to crack, as they have not lost by more than one goal in competitive games since March last year. In fact, Cameroon’s last ten matches have all gone under 2.5 match goals.

Serbia weren’t able to create many chances for Aleksandr Mitrovic against Brazil, but he has scored six goals in their last 6 competitive games, and he could hold the key to securing a much-needed win here. Cameroon will be determined to end their poor run in the group stages, but they come up against a Serbia side with some real quality in attack, and the likes of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Dusan Tadic, Dusan Vlahovic and the afore-mentioned Mitrovic could swing this in Serbia’s favour.

Key Takeaways:

  • Serbia have lost only two of their last 19 competitive international games
  • Aleksandr Mitrovic has scored 6 goals in his last six internationals for Serbia
  • Cameroon’s last 10 matches have all seen under 2.5 match goals

South Korea vs Ghana

28 November 2022

BCA Prediction: South Korea Win

Both of these teams will have been encouraged by their performances in their respective Group H openers. South Korea earned a hard-fought point against Uruguay, having succeeded in keeping Uruguay’s deadly frontline at bay. They will know that their chances of progressing depend heavily on picking up three points against Ghana, and they will fancy their chances here. With star man Heung-Min Son having proven his fitness by featuring from the start against Uruguay, he may well add to the four goals he has scored in his last five appearances for his national team.

Ghana fell to a 3-2 defeat against group favourites Portugal, but they will have been encouraged by their display, with the Portuguese having to hang on at the end. However, the defeat means Ghana have now failed to win any of the last six matches they have played away from their home soil. The defeat also means they have failed to win any of their last four World Cup group games.

The Koreans will take encouragement from this and their own recent good form in defence, where they have only let in one goal in their last seven internationals. They will be confident of keeping the inexperienced Ghanaians (Ghana have the youngest squad at this World Cup) at bay and then nicking a win with Son’s devastating pace on the break. 

Key Takeaways:

  • South Korea have conceded only one goal in their last seven matches
  • Ghana are winless in their last four World Cup group games
  • Ghana have failed to win any of the last six matches they have played away from home soil

Brazil vs Switzerland

28 November 2022

BCA Prediction: Brazil Win

Brazil made a good start to their campaign with a 2-0 win against Serbia, but they have now lost Neymar for the rest of the group stage. The Selecao have enough options in attack to soften the blow though; Viniciusious Jnr, Richarlison and Raphinha will all be jostling to take over the mantle from Neymar. While a lot of attention has been on the Brazilian attackers, it is in defence that they have impressed the most recently. Brazil have now kept seven clean sheets in their last 9 competitive internationals, conceding only two goals in that period.

Murat Yakin’s Switzerland are no pushovers, and they come into this clash on the back of four consecutive wins in international matches, a run in which they have defeated Spain and Portugal. They will be encouraged by the fact that European teams have been nemesis for Brazil at the World Cup. Indeed, European teams have accounted for 16 of Brazil’s 18 total defeats at the World Cup.

With Neymar absent and Brazil haven’t put together a string of wins against European sides since 2006, this could be considered as an acid test to their World Cup chances. However, they have a lot of options in attack, and they scored 40 times across 14 matches in qualifying. Switzerland have won just one of their eight games against South American sides in this competition and Brazil are unbeaten in their last 16 group-stage games at the World Cup so Tite’s men should be able to get the needed win to guarantee qualification early.

Key Takeaways:

  • Brazil have kept clean sheets in seven of their last 9 competitive internationals
  • Switzerland have won each of their last four competitive games
  • Brazil scored 40 goals across their 14 matches in the qualifying

Portugal vs Uruguay

28 November 2022

BCA Prediction:  Over 2.5 goals

Opening your World Cup with a win and three goals should be cause for celebration, but Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana wasn’t the sort of message they intended to send out in terms of performance. They laboured for most of the game against the tournament’s youngest and lowest-ranked team. Fernando Santos’ men are still in pretty decent form, and they have won four of their last 6 competitive matches scoring 11 goals and conceding four.

The Portuguese have won just one of their last nine meetings with South American opposition, and Uruguay will take a lot of encouragement from this. They meet Ghana in their final group-stage match in a game that they will see as winnable, so the pressure will not weigh too much on them here. With an in-form midfield trio of Rodrigo Bentacur, Matias Vecino and Federico Valverde and real attacking qualities in Darwin Nunez, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, Uruguay have the personnel to go toe-to-toe with Cristiano Ronaldo and co.

Uruguay have won four of their last five World Cup matches against European nations, which includes a 2-1 victory over Portugal in 2018. They have also lost only once in their last 10 matches, but Portugal are also in decent form so we feel these two teams could cancel themselves out. Irrespective of the result, the nature of Portugal’s win over Ghana indicates that there could be goals here.

Key Takeaways:

  • Portugal have won four of their last 6 competitive Internationals
  • Uruguay have won 4 of their last five competitive internationals
  • Uruguay have won four of their last five World Cup matches against European nations

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