The round-of-16 stage at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada will kick off this Saturday, June 20 when China PR takes on African nation Cameroon at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta. A loss in this stage means elimination from the tournament, meaning any tied games will go to extra time and then a penalty shootout if it’s still level after the extra 30 minutes.
China finished as runners up in Group A after losing 1-0 to hosts Canada on a last-minute penalty in their first match and then beating Holland 1-0 and drawing 2-2 with New Zealand. Cameroon advanced as runners up in Group C with a 6-0 victory over Ecuador in their opener followed by a 2-1 loss to reigning champions Japan and then a 2-1 triumph over Switzerland in their final match.
Women’s World Cup Betting Preview – China vs Cameroon
- bet365 lists China as the favorites to win this match at 10/11 with Cameroon 3/1 and a 90-minute draw at 12/5
China has been one of the most offensive-minded squads in the tournament so far with 41 shots on target in their three contests. They like to play an up-tempo game and have impressed with their passing skill. They’ve scored just three goals so far though and these have come courtesy of Wang Lisi and Shanshan Wang. The Chinese also play a physical game and are averaging 10 fouls per game and picked up a pair of yellow cards in their last group match.
While China should have some confidence heading into this game they need to be more lethal around the net and improve their play in their own end. Cameroon has also shown a fine offensive flair with 51 attempted shots in their first three outings. Gabrielle Onguene has two goals for the side while Gaelle Enganamouit leads the team with three and China will need to keep these two under wraps if they hope to advance to the quarterfinals.
In addition, Cameroon has played well defensively as they’ve allowed just nine shots on goal in three games. China plays a more disciplined style of game, but the lack of finishing around the net could hurt them. This will be the first time these two nations have ever met in a women’s senior national game. China has two wins, two losses and a draw in their past five World Cup games overall while this is Cameroon’s first World Cup appearance and they have a pair of wins and a loss.