Columbia vs Ivory Coast Group C Free World Cup Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 6/17/2014
2014 World Cup Free Picks: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast
12 p.m., Thursday, June 19 – Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia (ESPN)
Match Betting Lines
Colombia is +115 in their second group stage match while the Ivory Coast can be bet at +310 in this fixture. The total is listed at 2.5 goals and the draw is +250.
Much was made of Colombia as a weakened group favorite minus their star man Radamel Falcao. Albeit against Greece, the South Americans came good with a strong 3-0 performance. They’ll get a real test against stronger competition with Ivory Coast up next in round robin play.
It was a quality comeback victory for Ivory Coast after a slow start against Japan. I wouldn’t be surprised if Didier Drogba starts after helping to inspire the second half result as a substitute against the Japanese.
While conventional wisdom suggest two teams off wins would settle for a draw and take a safe point, I think both want to put one front through the door as the group winner with a second straight victory. Expect both to attack with that in mind, and I see an entertaining match playing out between these two.
Key Injuries, Suspensions, Yellow Cards
Both teams will likely suit up with the same starting XI after their respective wins.
As much as I think Ivory Coast is going to go for the victory, I see this one finishing as a draw. Both teams will trade punches and score goals, but they will have to settle for sharing the spoils, 2-2 after the full 90.
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