Ivory Coast v Japan Betting
2014 World Cup-Group C - Ivory Coast 2 - 1 Japan
15th June - KO: 2am BST -
Arena Pernambuco, Recife
The Ivory Coast beat Japan 2-1 to get their 2014 World Cup campaign off to a winning start in Group C at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife. Japan had taken the lead through Keisuke Honda but a quickfire double from Wilfried Bony and Gervinho were enough to give the Ivory Coast all three points.
The Ivory Coast have gone out at the group stages in the past two World Cups but there is plenty of punters expecting them to go further this time. They have a strong squad available to them and as they showed during qualification for the tournament, they are more than a match for any side on their day. The Japanese team were equally as impressive during their qualification campaign and while they are the outsiders here, they are certainly no pushovers which is reflected in the match betting.
|Sunday 15th June|
|2.00am||Ivory Coast v Japan||Betting Preview|
|Tips:||Both teams to score @ 21/20|
|Shinji Okazaki to score anytime @ 5/2|
|2-2 correct score @ 14/1|
- Friendly International: Fri 4th Jun 2010 - Japan 0-2 Ivory Coast
- Friendly International: Sat 24th May 2008 - Japan 1-0 Ivory Coast
Didier Drogba -The experienced striker maybe past the peak of his career but he remains one of the most feared players in the world game. Drogba is now plying his trade for Galatasaray in Turkey after a legendary career with Chelsea and his physical presence could be the difference against the Japanese in Recife.
Shinji Kagawa -The Man United midfielder is the play-maker for the Japanese team and despite never quite settling into life in the Premier League, he remains a key man for the National side. Kagawa already has over 50 caps for his country and he could be the key-man for Japan here as they look to upset the odds against their African opponents.