2014 FIFA World Cup: Colombia vs Ivory Coast Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/19/14
World Cup: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Brazil)
The Line: Columbia +110 See the Latest Odds
Colombia looks to secure their berth in the knockout stage with a victory over the Ivory Coast who are also coming off a tournament opening victory.
Colombia are considered by many to be the perennial favourites to advance out of their group as winners despite being without their best player but after a 3-0 victory over Greece to start off they can wrap things up with a win over Ivory Coast on Thursday. Colombia played to a comfortable victory in their tournament opener as they peppered an overwhelmed Greek team in what was a different style of play than we are used to seeing from the South American side, perhaps an adjustment made due to the absence of Falcao. Colombia have a great shot at advancing though to the knockout stage here as they are a quality side that should be able to put the ball past a weak Ivory Coast back end, however with this contest largely determining the one-two in the group offensive opportunities might be scarce.
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Ivory Coast fell behind in their tournament opening victory against Japan as Honda scored one of the goals of the tournament but a two goal response in less than two minutes gave the Elephants a lead thy wouldn’t relinquish. Didier Drogba, the biggest football name in the Ivory Coast, came off the bench in the opener but when he did he made an immediate impact as the pace of the game tipped in the favour of the orange and white and it just seems like his squad plays with a lot more confidence when he is on the field. This should be an exciting game between two of the world’s more explosive teams and with the divisional crown likely being decided here I think we see both sides give it their all. Despite a weak back end from the Ivory Coast I think they are more athletic through the middle and should be able to generate more scoring chances in a game that should be relatively low scoring. I’ll side with the value and the Ivory Coast in this one.