It is fair to say that not many experts predicted that Costa Rica and Greece would meet in the second round of the 2014 World Cup, but both sides will fancy their chances of progressing to the quarter finals.
Costa Rica have been the surprise packets of the tournament to date and defeated Italy and Uruguay before drawing with England to finish on top of one of the toughest groups in the tournament.
The Costa Ricans have played an attractive style of football throughout the World Cup, but have remained solid at the back; only conceding a single goal from a penalty in their opening fixture with Uruguay.
It is unlikely that the Costa Rican defense will be troubled by the mediocre Greece attack, although set pieces could be a concern, but scoring goals could prove a problem for The Ticos and they will need stellar performances from key striker Joel Campbell and captain Bryan Ruiz.
Greece looked like their chances of qualifying for the second round of the 2014 World Cup had ended when they conceded three goals in their opening game against Colombia and they were lucky to get away with a draw against a wasteful Japan after Konstantinos Katsouranis was sent off in the first half.
The Greeks produced an improved performance against Ivory Coast, but it took a stroke of luck and a dubious refereeing decision to give them a late winner from the penalty spot.
While Greece struggled through the pool stages, there is a sense of Euro 2004 about this squad and there gritty, tough and determined style of play could prove effective in the knockouts stages where you don’t necessarily need to score goals to progress to the next round of the tournament.
Costa Rica are available at a quote of $2.50 to win the game in regular time and odds of $1.75 to qualify for the quarter finals, while Greece are priced at $3.20 to claim victory in regular time and $2.08 to make their first World Cup quarter final.
The $3 on offer for the draw at Ladbrokes.com.au represents good value and is worth a bet, while there are a number of prop bets in this fixture that smart punters can take advantage of.
The $9 for Greece to win on penalties is exceptional value and is easily the best betting play available for this match, while the $6.50 for a 0-0 draw and a half-time/full-time double of draw/draw are also good bets.
Punters looking for something a little bit different can take advantage of the headline offer that is available at Ladbrokes.com.au for this fixture.
Joel Campbell to score in normal time and Costa Rica to win in normal time is priced at $4.50, while Greek fans can pick up $7 for Georgios Samaras to score in normal time and Greece to win in normal time!