Brazil Ivory Coast World Cup Odds
Brazil is the favorite in the Sunday night match against Ivory Coast and they have to play better then they did in their opening round match barely beating a weak North Korean team 2-1.
Brazil vs. Ivory Coast – Current Match Odds
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Bovada has Brazil posted at -166 with Ivory Coast at +500 with a draw at +250 and a goal total of 2.5.
Brazil leads the Group of Death (Group G) after an opening round win, while the Elephants, which is what the Ivory Coast team is called, is in second place after an opening match draw against Portugal.
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In their first group matches on June 15th Brazil beat North Korea 2-1 and Ivory Coast played to a scoreless 0-0 draw against Portugal.
If Brazil can win this match they will advance to the knockout stage.
Brazil killed North Korea in terms of time of possession (72% to 28%) and had 15 more shots, but only managed to win by one goal.
They had many runs to the North Korean box, but many times, could not connect on the last pass and that hurt them. Kaka had an off match and he has to be more creative as the key player for the Brazilian team.
Ivory Coast had a pretty even time of possession game against Portugal, but their offense looked out of sync, as the game the ball away many times and they over-hit many of their passes. The strength of the Ivory Coast team is their offense, but they were out of sync against Portugal and they have to right their ship against Brazil.
Ivory Coast striker Gervinho has to be more creative against Brazil and if he is fit to go the squad really needs Didier Drogba on the pitch.
He came in late against Portugal, but he needs to play in this match, as the Elephants need his offensive spark. In World Cup qualifying Ivory Coast averaged 3.2 goals per match with Drogba on the field and only 1.9 without him.
The Elephants will have to be wary of the counter attack and the offensive minded defender of Maicon, as he and Kaka are masters at turning defense into instant offense.
Ivory Coast will have a tough time getting it past Brazil G Júlio César, but they have to pressure him and the defense all match to have any chance at the upset.
The Elephants have to play solid in the midfield and not allow the Brazilians to control the match. If they get killed in the time of possession battle like North Korea was they will suffer the same fate as the Asian squad and lose.
Look for Brazil to be more creative and get more solid shots on goal, as they will win this match, score at least two or three goals, and advance to the playoffs.
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In other matches on Sunday, both Group F matches, Slovakia faces Paraguay and New Zealand takes on defending champion Italy. For match up reports on these games, as well as others YOU CAN FIND MATCHUP TRENDS AND STATS