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Cameroon vs. Brazil: Form Guide, Live Stream and Prediction for 2014 World Cup

TERESOPOLIS, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Neymar in action during a training session of the Brazilian national football team at the squad's Granja Comary training complex, on June 20, 2014 in Teresopolis, 90 km from downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured Columnist IVNovember 20, 2016

Hosts Brazil will be looking to confirm their place in the knockout rounds of the 2014 World Cup when they take on Cameroon in Brasilia on Monday.

They look to have a relatively easy passage to the last 16 as Cameroon have been unimpressive so far in the tournament.

However, Brazil have not exactly performed to their full potential in the competition so far and will look to be more convincing in their last game in Group A.

Read on for a look at the form guide as well as live streaming information and a prediction.

 

Date: Monday, June 23

Time: 9 p.m. BST, 4 p.m. ET

TV Info: ITV (UK), ESPN2 (US)

Live Stream: ITV Player, ESPN Player

 

Form Guide

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Alex Song of Cameroon controls the ball against Ivica Olic (L) and Ivan Rakitic of Croatia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Croatia at Arena Amazonia on June 18, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.  (P
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Though Brazil won their opening encounter 3-1 against Croatia, the result was heavily influenced by some less than impressive refereeing decisions, per Eurosport:

They then went on to draw 0-0 with Mexico despite creating several chances that were all kept out in a virtuoso display by goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. 

However, it was again an underwhelming display from a team hotly tipped to go all the way to victory in the tournament.

They looked relatively impressive in their warm-up victories over Serbia and Panama, but they seem to be overly reliant on Neymar to inspire them to victory.

The young Barcelona star bagged two goals in the tournament opener and will be looking to take advantage of a weak Cameroon defence. If Brazil can find their form against Cameroon, they could put several past the African side and take some momentum into the knockout rounds.

A victory would likely see the hosts through to the last 16 as group winners, which would mean an encounter with Group B's runner-up, set to be either Chile or Netherlands.

Cameroon were fortunate to only be beaten 1-0 in their opener against Mexico as two Giovani dos Santos goals were incorrectly ruled out.

However, they were convincingly downed 4-0 by Croatia in their second outing and looked ragged as the game went on having been reduced to ten men after Alex Song's sending off.

Their World Cup preparations were more positive than their tournament games and included a 2-2 draw with Germany and a win over Moldova.

As African football expert Sam Crocker points out, there is quality in the Cameroon side, but they have not shown it so far in this World Cup:

If they cause an upset and beat Brazil it could potentially spell the end of the tournament for the hosts, but it is highly unlikely.

Brazil will have the full backing of the Brasilia crowd and will be looking to improve upon their first two performances in the competition.

Having already been knocked out of the tournament, Cameroon may be freed up by lack of pressure, but Brazil should still have enough quality to take the win.

Prediction: Cameroon 0-2 Brazil

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