Switzerland vs Cameroon

Fabian Schar to be booked

Group G opener sees Switzerland meet Cameroon in a very competitive looking game and a competitive looking group with all four teams fancying their chances of progressing behind Brazil, the obvious favourites.

The two sides have averaged three cards per game in their respective matches leading up to the World Cup and both sides also receive over one card per game.

Referee Facundo Tello Figueroa from Argentina loves getting his cards out and has averaged a massive 5.73 cards per game in his last 84 matches. He has shown 5 or more cards in 74% of his games.

Fabian Schar, who is having a brilliant season for Newcastle, is a key player in the Switzerland defence and as we all know from the Premier League, he’s very popular in the referee’s notebook.

He’s up against Vincent Aboubakar who is a real physical presence, pace and power being his biggest attributes and he’s sure to give the Swiss defence a difficult time of things. Fabian Schar averages 0.38 cards per game and looks good value here.

Portugal vs Ghana

Salis Abdul Samed to be booked

Portugal meet Ghana in another extremely competitive World Cup group and again a group all four teams will fancy their chances of qualifying. This will result in the stakes being high from match day 1 and some committed games that nobody can afford to lose.

The two sides average a very healthy 4.64 cards per game in matches involving the two teams and in terms of cards received, both sides have averaged over two cards each per game.

Referee Ismaili Elfath has refereed 108 games in recent times and produced on average 4.47 cards per game. The man in the middle has shown four or more cards in 69% of his matches.

Salis Abdul Samed the Lens centre midfielder is sure to have his hands full with Portugal’s technically gifted side, the likes of Bernardo silva and Bruno Fernandes are two of the Premier League’s best at drawing fouls and you’d expect him to be suckered into a few here.

He’s a very energetic midfielder who gets about the pitch and has a habit for appearing in the referee’s notebook. Breakthrough pro season last season at club level and he played 31 games picking up 12 yellow cards and three reds. He’s only recently broke into the Ghana side but at 22 looks to have a bright future and this is a massive test for him.