Both offered a chance to join likely Group C champions Colombia in the knockout phase of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, tomorrow morning’s match between Greece and the Ivory Coast is shaping as one of the most highly anticipated showdowns of the final round of pool fixtures.
Good enough to hold on for a 1-1 draw with Japan after Konstantinos Katsouranis was red-carded in just the 38th minute of play last week, the task for Greece in tomorrow morning’s match with the Ivory Coast is simple; win and win well. Currently displaying a less-than ideal -3 goal difference, Greece will leap to second position in Group C with victory over the Ivory Coast but will likely drop to third should Japan beat Columbia.
For the Ivory Coast, a draw with Greece will likely be enough to see them through to the knockout stage of the 2014 World Cup and a likely meeting with possible Group D champions Costa Rica; the undeniable surprise packet of the tournament so-far, while a win would assure qualification.
Having found the net in each of their two 2014 World Cup matches so-far, the Ivory Coast are currently featured as clear favourites to wrap up qualification to the knock out stages with victory over Greece at even $2 odds at leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au, while Greece are given far-less chance of success at generous $3.75 odds.
While unable to make much of an impact in the Ivory Coast’s 2-1 loss to Columbia, key midfielder Yaya Toure has developed a habit of standing up and taking control when needed by his team, both at national level and for club side Manchester City. Arguably the key to his nation’s continued success on the world stage, Yaya Toure is offered at exceptional odds of $7.50 to open the scoring against Greece, or a similarly healthy $3.20 to find the back of the net at any point through the game’s 90 minutes.
Having scored eight goals for his nation since first debuting internationally in 2006, Celtic striker Georgios Samaras was unlucky to hit the crossbar in Greece’s match against Japan and has already caused headaches to his opposition’s defence several times during the 2014 World Cup. Offered at generous odds of $4.50 to score at any point against the Ivory Coast tomorrow morning, Samaras is one of the world’s best counter-attackers owing to his pace and skill on ball, and is more than worth consideration to open the scoring at $11 odds.
Both Greece and the Ivory Coast will be aiming to maintain possession and pepper their opposition’s goal in Wednesday morning’s World Cup fixture, and as a result punters may find value in placing a wager on a the correct score at a reasonable margin.
Needing to beat the Ivory Coast well to allow the best possible chance to progress, a correct score bet of Greece to win 3-2 is currently available at generous odds of $41 at Ladbrokes.com.au, while the same score teams reversed is available to punters at a quote of $29.
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