Switzerland take on five-time African champions Cameroon in the opening game in Group G… but what time is kick-off? What TV channel is it on? And which players should fans be looking out for?
- Switzerland and Cameroon are set to face each other in the first Group G game
- Both teams will be looking to make a strong start in a group that contains Brazil
- Sportsmail has everything you need to know ahead of the intriguing clash
- Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results
Group G will begin with Switzerland playing Cameroon on Thursday, November 20.
Switzerland managed to edge out European champions Italy in qualifying for this year’s tournament, while Cameroon beat Algeria on away goals to book their place in Qatar.
The five-time Africa Cup of Nations winners needed a 124th-minute goal from Karl Toko Ekambi after being on the verge of having their World Cup dream ended.
Cameroon qualified for Qatar thanks to Karl Toko Ekambi’s (centre) late goal against Algeria
Both teams will be looking to get off to a fast start in a group that contains favourites Brazil, and Serbia, who possess an eye-catching frontline including Juventus’ Dusan Vlahovic and Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
In their most recent tournament appearances, Switzerland made it to the quarter-finals of last year’s Euros before going out to Spain on penalties, whereas Cameroon finished third at the latest edition of the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.
The game is now almost upon us, and Sportsmail has provided everything you need to know ahead of the Group G clash.
Switzerland will get their World Cup campaign underway against Cameroon on November 24.
The match will start at 10am GMT, 5am EST and 9pm for Australian Eastern Time.
Date: Thursday, November 24
Time: 10am (UK), 5am (US), and 9pm (Australian Eastern Time).
How to watch the match
Thursday’s match will be aired live on ITV in the UK. For those looking to stream the game, you will need to head to the ITV website or ITV Hub.
The game will be free to watch for all UK viewers with a TV License. Meanwhile, the following stations will be airing the game for American viewers: FOX, Telemundo, fuboTV, DirecTV Stream, Peacock Premium, Vidgo and Sling Blue.
Australian viewers can tune into the game via SBS, who will be televising every match during the 2022 World Cup.
If you’re unable to watch the game live, you can relive the action via the FIFA YouTube Channel (Worldwide). The official YouTube channel will be posting highlight reels after each game.
UK: ITV, ITV website and ITV Hub
US: FOX, Telemundo, fuboTV, DirecTV Stream, Peacock Premium, Vidgo, Sling Blue
Australia: SBS and SBS On Demand
ITV will be showing Switzerland’s match against Cameroon in the UK on Thursday morning
Where is Switzerland vs Cameroon being played?
The game will be held at the Al Janoub Stadium, formerly known as the Al-Wakrah Stadium, which was opened in 2019. The venue hosted the AFC Champions League final in December 2020.
The Al Janoub Stadium has a capacity of 40,000, and has a retractable roof on it.
In total, the Al Janoub Stadium will host six group matches and one last-16 clash.
Cameroon will become very familiar with the ground as their second group match against Serbia will also be held there.
Australia are set to play all three of their group matches against France, Tunisia and Denmark at the stadium.
Location: Al Wakrah, Qatar
Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium
The Al Janoub Stadium, with a capacity of 40,000, will host the Switzerland-Cameroon match
Switzerland vs Cameroon: Team news
Switzerland have five Premier League-based players in their 26-man squad, with Granit Xhaka the standout name.
The Arsenal midfielder has been in excellent form at club level this season, chipping in with three goals and three assists in the top flight while playing a slightly more advanced role.
Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo is the only Premier League representative in the Cameroon squad, but the African nation do have plenty of talent currently plying their trade across Europe.
Former Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa has helped Napoli move eight points clear at the top of Serie A, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has netted six Bundesliga goals for Bayern Munich in 2022-23.
Switzerland will be relying on Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka to dominate the midfield battle
Switzerland also have experienced goalkeeper Yann Sommer (right) to call upon in Qatar
Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer, Gregor Kobel, Philipp Kohn, Jonas Omlin
Defenders: Manuel Akanji, Eray Comert, Nico Elvedi, Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabian Schar, Sylvan Widmer
Midfielders: Michel Aebischer, Edimilson Fernandes, Fabian Frei, Remo Freuler, Ardon Jashari, Noah Okafor, Fabian Rieder, Xherdan Shaqiri, Djibril Sow, Renato Steffen, Granit Xhaka, Denis Zakaria
Forwards: Breel Embolo, Christian Fassnacht, Haris Seferovic, Reuben Vargas
Goalkeepers: Simon Ngapandouetnbu, Devis Epassy, Andre Onana
Defenders: Nicolas Nkoulou, Enzo Ebosse, Oumar Gonzalez, Nouhou Tolo, Olivier Mbaizo, Collins Fai, Jean-Charles Castelletto, Christopher Wooh
Midfielders: Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Jerome Ngom Mbekeli, Gael Ondoua, Samuel Gouet, Pierre Kunde, Martin Hongla, Olivier Ntcham
Forwards: Vincent Aboubakar, Souaibou Marou, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Christian Bassogog, Moumi Ngamaleu, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, Bryan Mbeumo, Jean-Pierre Nsame, Karl Toko Ekambi, Moumi Ngamaleu
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting looks set to be Cameroon’s main attacking threat in Qatar
This will be the first time that Switzerland and Cameroon have ever played each other in men’s football.
The women’s teams played each other in the group stage of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, with Cameroon picking up a 2-1 win.
Group G Fixtures
- Switzerland vs Cameroon – Thursday, November 24
- Brazil vs Serbia – Thursday, November 24
- Cameroon vs Serbia – Monday, November 28
- Brazil vs Switzerland – Monday, November 28
- Serbia vs Switzerland – Friday, December 2
- Cameroon vs Brazil – Friday, December 2
Brazil will be expected to make the knockout stages, but the rest of Group G looks wide open
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