In a late Saturday 2014 World Cup match, Japan and Ivory Coast will go at it. This is the fourth meeting between the two teams and Japan leads the series, 2-1.
This is Ivory Coast’s third appearance in the World Cup and if you like a veteran team, this may be the squad for you. Some of the team’s key players such as Didier Zakora, Didier Drogba and Yaya Touré are well into their 30s and are likely treating this as their last shot. Ivory Coast has always been considered one of top teams from Africa and will certainly bring a lot of energy to the tournament. Iovry Coast is a team that likes to attack with solid midfield game and will rely heavily on Touré, who has 24 goals in his last season with Manchester City.
Japan has been making a little bit of a name for itself as of late, as this will be its fifth World Cup appearance and it has qualified every year since 1998. Japan relies on great passing and fundamental soccer to pick apart its opponents defense and is a team that doesn’t do much to beat itself. Japan is also a speedy team that can put up goals in a hurry, as it has scored seven goals in their last two pre-cup matches. Shinji Kagawa is the player to watch, as he has 19 career international goals and has scored 92 club goals throughout his nine-year career. Japan is certainly not a team to take lightly.
While neither team is expected to do much, this should be a highly entertaining game with the way both teams like to play. The speedy tempo and up-and-down style both teams like to play, I’m going to side with the over.
I like Ivory Coast to get the win, but see more value on taking the over.