Ivory Coast take on Japan in Group C at Recife in what looks to be a key battle for second spot with Colombia favourites to progress as group winners.
There is little between the sides in the match odds market enabling punters to get a reasonable price on Ivory Coast to triumph in thier first match at a shade above even money. The physicality of The Elephants and their abiity to deal with the heat could give them the edge, although Japan do have a number of goal threats making this match worthy of inclusion in Both Teams To Score accumulators and over 2.5 goals bets.
Correct Score bettors will find a 2-1 scoreline offers a decent return, while a 3-1 win to Ivory Coast may be more rewarding for those willing to take the risk. First Goalscorer punters will be drawn to Didier Drogba as the focal point of Ivory Coast's attack, while Yaya Toure makes appeal as an Anytime Goalscorer. Those fancying Blue Samurai to strike first could do a lot worse than backing Shinji Okazaki, while Shinji Kagawa can also be considered a worthy selection if retaining spot-kick duties.
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