2014 World Cup Betting: Ivory Coast vs. Greece Picks & Odds

Nila Amerova

Sunday, June 22, 2014 3:36 PM UTC

Sunday, Jun. 22, 2014 3:36 PM UTC

Ivory Coast and Greece are set to decide their World Cup fates when they collide in the final round of Group C action. Ivory Coast are deemed the favourites, but Greece have an improbable shot to turn the odds in their favour. Find out where the value soccer picks are to be had as we analyse this matchup.

Bet on Ivory Coast
To many World Cup enthusiasts, sleeper Group C pick Ivory Coast represents the best value in this matchup. The Elephants are second in Group C with a 1-0-1 mark and on three points, following a 2-1 win over Japan and a 2-1 defeat to Colombia. But their World Cup fate hangs in the balance of the final round of group play

Colombia with two wins are safely through to the knockouts. And with a final clash against group lightweights Japan, they would appear to have top spot cornered in their camp on -10000 odds or thereabouts across sportsbooks. Ivory Coast will hope to join the Colombians in the R16 at the expense of Greece, and if match-betting odds were an indication, they prognosis is auspicious. They are the favourites to accomplish the feat at tempting +105 odds to beat Greece.

The Elephants are actually still in play to win Group C, although at large +2500 odds, as well, they are the favourites to simply advance into the R16 at -300 odds.

Is Greece the Smart Pick?
Greece have gone scoreless through two rounds of group play, yet they are in with an improbable shot to advance into the knockouts. Greece began their campaign with a 3-0 defeat to Colombia. Then, they went on to hold Japan to a dull, scoreless draw in the second round.

Greece must-win their final match in order to have a shot at advancement. This means, they’ll need to wake up their dormant attack in order to score goals. They can’t win otherwise, obviously. Any hope that would happen suffered a setback when their top striker Kostas Mitroglou left in the first half of their second round match against Japan with an injury. Indeed, they are the considerable underdogs at +280 to deliver the shock win at the expense of tournament dangerous floater Ivory Coast.

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World Cup Betting Verdict
On paper, the Elephants would appear to be the smart soccer pick at tempting +105 odds. They’ve been solid through two rounds --even in defeat to Colombia, where they showed plenty of character. By comparison, Greece have been rendered largely ineffective in this competition, their attack impotent. It would be an unexpected turnaround by the Greeks if their offense kicked in all of a sudden. Defensively, they’ve been sound, but Colombia exposed even weakness there. If Ivory Coast take a page from Colombia’s account against Greece, the Greeks will be hard pressed to stop the bleed.

World Cup Picks: Ivory Coast to win outright at +105; 2-0 or 3-0 at +800 or +1600, respectively; Over 2.5 at +110 

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