Greece vs Ivory Coast – another uninteresting match

World Cup 2014
Group C
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 21:00 GMT (17:00 Local time)
Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza

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It will be interesting to see national teams of Greece and the Ivory Coast in reverse roles – the Greeks in the attack, and the players of the Ivory Coast in a somewhat more defensive line-up. This shift the roles is forced because only the victory and three points can lead Greece in the knockout stage of the World Cup, while a draw is sufficient for Côte d’Ivoire, which has two points more than Greece at the moment.

Greek style is very defensive, and their matches usually end up with a few goals. Therefore a 0-3 defeat against Colombia in the previous match has been surprising, and that debacle could be fatal even if they beat the Ivory Coast. Namely, Japan has a better goal difference, and if they beat Colombia, Greece’s win could be Pyrrhic victory. Nevertheless, Greece has only one choice – to score at least one goal more than the Ivory Coast, and it is not an easy task for a team that has no outstanding shooters. Coach Santos does not have a lot of options, so Salpingidis and Gekas will be in the starting line-up again, while experienced Karagounis will replace suspended midfielder Katsouranis.

Probable line-up of Greece (4-2-3-1): Karnezis – Torosidis, Manolas, Sokratis, Holebas – Maniatis, Karagounis – Salpingidis, Kone, Samaras – Gekas

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Côte d’Ivoire has three points from their first two games, which gives it an advantage over Greece and Japan in the last round of the group stage of the World Cup, but their performances have been worrisome pale. There were problems with the preparedness of the best player, Didier Drogba, while particular problem is the death of the youngest brother of Yaya and Kolo Toure, Ibrahim. They have decided to play, but the question is how they are mentally prepared for such an important match, but it is also possible that such a situation gives them a special incentive. Also, absence of Zokora due to suspension will weaken their defensive line. However, since the Greeks do not have too much dangerous attackers, the midfield is crucial for the final outcome of the game.

Probable line-up of Ivory Coast (4-2-3-1): Copa – Aurier, Kolo Toure, Bamba, Boka – Tiote, Serey Die – Gervinho, Yaya Toure, Kalou – Drogba

Greece vs Ivory Coast Match Prediction

Greece plays pretty boring, but Ivory Coast has not also been brilliant at this tournament, so we can expect another uninteresting match. No Goal Before 29:00.

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