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WORLD CUP 2014 GROUP C BETTING PREVIEW
Clear favourites to win Group C are COLOMBIA with the South Americans boasting an impressively talented squad and having the not inconsiderable advantage of playing in a neighbouring country. They only finished behind Argentina in tough South American qualifying and they had the best defense conceding the fewest goals. Nobody knows if Radamel Falcao will be fit after sustaining a long-term injury for Monaco but Porto’s Jackson Martinez capable of carrying the baton should Falcao miss out. Also in attack will be talented Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado and one of the top young playmakers in the world in Monaco's James Rodriguez.
IVORY COAST are considered one of the strongest African teams but have in recent World Cups underperformed expectations, in part due to very tough group draws. They have qualified for their third successive World Cup and will be looking to make the knockout stages for the first time. Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and Salomon Kalou lead the Elephants but, defensively, they look vulnerable.
JAPAN qualified through the AFC section, winning their group 4 points clear from Australia. With their tactical play they can frustrate teams and they did beat Belgium, who is a WC dark horse, in a friendly in the end of last year. Keisuke Honda, 27, is Japan’s talisman, with Shinji Kagawa and Shinji Okazaki the rising stars. Anyway, they lacks consistency on the back line.
GREECE qualified by finishing second in Europe Group G behind Bosnia sending Greece into a 2 leg play-off against Romania which they duly won 4-2 on aggregate. The Greeks have a great defense that in 10 WC qualifying matches only surrendered five goals and three came in a single match. Konstantinos Mitroglou is their lone legit FW and while he was great for the Greek league early in the season he has struggled with injury since moving to the Premier League. Greece can outplay Japan with their superior experience and Ivory Coast with a better team play.
WORLD CUP 2014 GROUP C FIXTURES
- COLOMBIA vs GREECE, June 14, Belo Horizonte
- IVORY COAST vs JAPAN, June 14, Recife
- COLOMBIA vs IVORY COAST, June 19, Brasilia
- JAPAN vs GREECE, June 19, Natal
- JAPAN vs COLOMBIA, June 24, Cuiaba
- GREECE vs IVORY COAST, June 24, Fortaleza
WORLD CUP 2014 GROUP C ODDS
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