Ivory Coast Vs Japan 06/15/2014 Free FIFA World Cup Group C Pick and Preview
Japan vs Ivory Coast
Sunday 15th June 2014 02:00(GMT)
The Line: Ivory Coast 17/10 Draw 21/10 Japan 15/8 See the Latest Odds
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One of the strange things about this Ivory coast teams is the amount of attacking players that is in the squad. With generally speaking two attacking positions open manager lamouchie has brought eight strikers, yes eight! Now that said with Drogba, Bony, Sio, Gervinho and Kalou we can see why there were alot of strikers brought but eight has left the rest of the squad noticeably weaker. Ya Ya Toure will shoulder alot of pressure for the Ivorians and the brilliant Manchester City midfielder will be the key if the Ivory Coast are to come through this tough group. Physically far more imposing than their counterparts will the Africans finally perform on the World Stage and qualify for the knockouts stages? They must get a result against Japan to give themselves a chance.
Japan are extremely hard working, Italian Zacheronni is in charge and will have the team well marshalled defensively. They will pressurize the ball when not in posession and play a high tempo attack with pace when in possession. Key going forward for the Japanese will be Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa and Milan's Honda. While a team always needs hard work they also need that little bit of quality to finish and create chances and Kagawa and Honda have just that.
For me this could be a cracking game, I think the Ivory Coast are not great defensively and Japan will cause them problems. But likewise i think Ivory Coast's sheers physicality will cause Japan alot of problems at set pieces. I am going to take the overs here as I think both defences look like they will struggle with the opponents opposition. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo