Ivory Coast v Japan

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    • Group C: Sunday, 15 June, 2014 - 02:00
    • Venue: Recife
    • TV Channel: ITV

    Match Preview

    The Arena Pernambuco will be the starting point for Ivory Coast and Japan's 2014 World Cup tournament on June 15. After being drawn into a pretty open Group C, both sides will fancy their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages and will look to start with a good result in Recife.

    Ivory Coast lost 1-0 in their first meeting with Japan - in the 2008 Kirin Cup - before triumphing 2-0 in an International friendly two years later. Both countries' pre-tournament form has been a mixed bag of results, so they'll be desperate to start on the front foot in Brazil and not be left trailing the pack after the first group game.

    For those looking to place goalscorer bets on this match, Drogba's form has been spot-on in Ivory Coast's last six games - converting three penalties on his way to four goals. Meanwhile, Okazaki and Honda look most likely to find the back of the net for the Japanese in Brazil.

    Last Six Matches
    Ivory Coast D D W D L W     Japan W W D L L W

    Top Goal Scorers

    Ivory Coast (World Cup qualifiers and 2013/14 Friendlies)
    Drogba - 4 (3 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
    Kalou - 2 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
    Gradel - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)

    Japan (2013/4 Friendlies)
    Okazaki - 3 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
    Honda - 3  (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
    Kagawa - 2  (1 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)

    Top Goal Assists

    Ivory Coast (World Cup qualifiers and 2013/14 Friendlies)

    Japan (2013/4 Friendlies)
    Honda - 3
    Endo - 2
    Kagawa - 1

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