Two teams looking for redemption
What's on the line
A virtual elimination match for Cameroon and Denmark, who both suffered defeats in their first games. With Japan and the Netherlands fighting for six points in the day's other group match, both squads know they must have at least three to carry a chance of progression. Cameroon, especially, will hope for points on Saturday, as none can be assured against the Netherlands in its final group match. A loser here is fairly assured of elimination from the competition, but both teams will be fighting for a win -- not, as has often been the case in this Cup, playing not to lose.
Style and tactics
The Indomitable Lions' talisman and most talented player, Samuel Eto'o, was fairly quiet in the squad's opener, the Japanese defense swarming the winger and keeping him from taking even a single shot in the first half. Coach Paul Le Guen will look to change that against Denmark, freeing up Eto'o and allowing him roam of the pitch once again. If the midfield can tie up the Danes' strikers and open up space for Eto'o, Le Guen will almost certainly return to the 4-4-2 that has served the squad through qualification rather than the 4-3-3 that struggled against Japan.
Denmark's formation and its playing style likely will depend on the fitness of Nicklas Bendtner and John Dahl Tomasson. Tomasson missed the opener against the Dutch, and Bendtner played the first hour even though he was still recovering. If those two can reach match-fitness, they will be a force against the Cameroon defense and the Danes will be able to return to their favored 4-3-3 formation. The Danish defense likely will shut down early, attempting to redeem itself for an own goal and a few early lapses given up against the Dutch.
Players to watch
Samuel Eto'o, Cameroon. Once again, Eto'o will be key. He didn't get a shot on goal in the game against Japan last week (and managed only one shot at all). That's in stark contrast to his plundering form at Inter Milan. If Paul Le Guen moves him back to his favored central position, Eto'o will no doubt have some frustrations to take out on the Danish backline.
Nicklas Bendtner, Denmark. Bendtner had several chances during his hour of play against the Netherlands, and that was when the Arsenal striker was still suffering with a groin injury. If he is fully fit Saturday and can play all 90 minutes, those chances are sure to increase and could even lead to some goals. Tomasson also will be one to keep an eye on if he plays, the Danes' most important offensive player looking to make his first impression after missing the opener.
What we can expect
Both teams know nothing but a win will suffice. Attacking plays likely will be frequent and furious, with both teams playing to win (rather than, as has been seen often in this Cup, not to lose). Eto'o will be desperate to make an impact in this game and keep his country in the competition, and Denmark will be looking to correct its mistakes from the opener against the Netherlands. It is not likely to be a high-scoring game but should be an extremely entertaining matchup.
Cameroon has a rather large monkey on its back in the form of an eight-game streak without a win. The squad has gone 0-4-4 in the run-up to this match and hasn't actually won a game at a World Cup finals since its magical run of 1990. Eto'o and his teammates will have to take heart from that history-making team to get over their own mental pressures -- and the expectations of the entire continent, as one of the favorite African teams to earn a ticket to the knockout rounds.
Look for Eto'o to put the Cameroonian squad on his shoulders. It'll be a tight, well-matched game, but one or two breaks of the Danish defense will be enough for Eto'o to pounce after being so tightly contained during the Japan game. The Cameroonian squad wins, 2-1.
Rachel Ullrich is an editor for ESPN.com.