Greece and Japan will both be fighting for their 2014 World Cup campaigns when they meet at Arena Das Dunas in Natal at 8am (AEST) tomorrow morning.
Both sides played well at times in their respective opening round clashes, but neither was able to walk away with any points and, depending on the result of Colombia and Ivory Coast clash, both will require at least a point in tomorrow’s meeting.
Japan came out of the blocks strong against the Ivory Coast and took an early lead through the boot of Keisuke Honda, but after their positive start were wasteful in possession and allowed the Ivory Coast to get back into the game.
Honda, apart from his impressive strike, was particularly disappointing and gave away the football far too often in attacking situations; with the Blue Samurai requiring a much better performance from their star player if they are going to progress to the second round of the 2014 World Cup.
Japan should be able to dominate possession against Greece and are deserving favourites for this clash, but can’t afford the lack of concentration in both defense and attack that cost them against the Ivory Coast.
The reigning Asian Cup champions are clear favourites at World Cup odds of $2.10 with Ladbrokes Australia and this is a fair price for the technically gifted side.
While the score line against Colombia was not pretty, Greece were far from disgraced in their opening World Cup match, but their lack of attacking weapons meant that they were unable to get on the scoreboard.
The Greeks were able to control possession in the centre of the park, but were not able to create any meaningful chances and their defense was often exposed by speed of the Colombian forward line.
The Japanese side also possesses a number of speedy wingers that could prove dangerous and the Greek defense will have to improve to give them any chance of walking away with the three points.
Greece are currently available at odds of $3.40 and do not represent great value to record just their second ever World Cup victory.
Other betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au that are worth a play include the $7 on offer for a 1-0 Japan victory, while there is a quote of $1.82 available for only one or no teams to score.
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