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Greece v Ivory Coast: Why the West Africans will win 2-1

| 22.06.2014

Despite failing to register a single goal at this World Cup so far, Greece are still in with a chance of progressing to the knockout stages, providing they beat Ivory Coast in their final match and Japan don’t topple Colombia.

Ladbrokes give them a 14/5 chance of claiming the first part of that permutation, with Ivory Coast 1/1 to claim a win in the match-betting market and the draw 5/2.

However, we’re not concerning ourselves with any of that as we pick out the three betting highlights for the clash:

Both teams to score @ 17/20

Greece’s scoring record at the World Cup is abysmal. In their eight-match tournament history, they’ve managed to beat the opposition keeper twice.

Yet to score at this edition, Ethniki won’t find an easier defence to breach than the Ivory Coast’s collective.

Their last clean sheet came nine outings ago and in that time they’ve landed a both teams to score bet on every single occasion.

Ivory Coast to win 2-1 @ 9/1

Greece are known to have an organised defence, having conceded just four goals in 10 World Cup qualification matches.

However, in their first game at these finals that solidarity quickly evaporated as they shipped three in defeat to Colombia.

All four of Ivory Coast’s last outings finished 2-1, with the Elephants winning two of those.

Gervinho to score at any time @ 9/4

The former Arsenal man, coming off the back of an impressive season for Roma, has registered a goal in each of Ivory Coast’s two Group C outings and, in total, has three in as many appearances for his country.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.