Costa Rica vs Greece 06/29/2014 Free FIFA World Cup Soccer Pick and Preview
Greece vs Costa Rica
Sunday 29th June 2014 21:00(GMT)
The Line: Costa Rica 6/4 Draw 11/5 Greece 11/5 See the Latest Odds
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The beauty of football is that almost anything can happen, on any given day the biggest of underdogs can be triumphant and that is why we love it. Costa Rica and Greece are the poster boys for this, Costa Rica topped what was considered the third toughest group and did so playing with style and substance. Arsenal youngster Joel Campbell has been inspirational up front and former Fulham man Bryan Ruiz is both captan and chief architect in the Costa Rican midfield. Costa Rica work hard for each other but are not afraid to hold on to possession and play ball either. Winning Group D was probably beyond Costa Rican fans wildest dreams but the team is through now and have what would be considered one of the easier draws to reach a quarter final. How far can the fairytale stretch?
With Greece nothing is ever simple, winning against the Ivory Coast took a 93rd minute penalty but to be truthful the Greeks deserved to go through on the brilliant perfomance they put in. It took nerves of steel to hit that penalty but Celtic striker Georgio Samaras showed no nerves and finished with aplomb. No that we are in the knockout stages i cant help but feel that Greece will revert back to a defensive side and look to play the majority of the game on the counterattack which is a shame as the Greeks were excellant going forward against the Ivory Coast.
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Really tough game to call here. Two underdogs coming up against each other in a match up that was probably unthinkable prior to the start of the World Cup. I think that Costa Rica deserve the respect winning their Group as they did and I think that if Greece revert to a defensive style they will just bring problems on themselves. I am hoping that this one is open and free flowing but with Greece involved I worry about it becoming a defensive tactical battle game. I like what Costa Rica have done so far and out of respect for those wins over Italy and Uruguay I am going to take Costa Rica to get the win here at a reasonabl price too. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo