How many of the Premier League stars will be in action at the Arena das Dunas in Natal?
The African giants did not have the best of qualification campaign as they changed their head coach twice, and arrived in Brazil just four days earlier.
That’s because the players refused to board their flight due to a dispute over payments of bonus and agreed to play in football’s biggest competition only after it was settled.
Coach Volker Finke has played down the problem, but the players will be under pressure to perform and justify their demands against Mexico. A defeat today is not going to make them too popular among their fans.
Mexico too had problems during their qualifying campaign, and used 47 players and four coaches. Under Miguel Herrera, the Mexicans have been good to watch and have gained some stability, but with star striker Javier Hernandez struggling for goals, El Tri will have to think of other options in attack.
With Brazil having registered a 3-1 comeback victory over Croatia on Thursday, both Mexico and Cameroon will know the significance of three points today. With hosts Selecao the favourites to win Group A, the runners-up spot is up for grabs.
Here is how Mexico and Cameroon will line up for today’s match:
Mexico XI: Ochoa; Rodriguez, Marquez, Herrera, Layun, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Peralta, Aguilar, Vazquez
Cameroon XI: Itandje; Assou-Ekotto, Nkoulou, Djeugoue, Song, Moukandjo, Eto'o, Choupo Moting, Chedjou, Mbia, Enoh