The “Group of Death” continues its play this weekend, as the Brazilians will tango with the Ivory Coast in a crucial tilt that could leave either team reeling in its quest to make the second round of World Cup betting action. Brazil knows that three points parlayed with a Portugal win over North Korea will guarantee advancement into the second round, though a draw and a Portugal win makes it very, very difficult on Les Elephants to get through.
Brazil vs. Ivory Coast Betting Odds:
- Brazil -150 to win and -1/2 goal for -145 (bet now)
- Ivory Coast +475 to win and +1/2 goal for +125 (bet now)
- Brazil vs. Ivory Coast Over-Under is 2.5 Goals (bet now)
Check out the three keys to this match which will determine if either team is capable of grabbing those three crucial points.
Key #1 – Can Didier Drogba play a full 90 minutes? – Just last week, we were wondering whether or not Drogba would be able to play at any point during this entire tournament, let alone in the first match. The Chelsea striker is playing following arm surgery. He came onto the pitch midway through the second half in the scoreless draw against the Portuguese, and though he didn’t produce a goal, his very presence on the pitch made a huge difference. Drogba has scored 41 goals in his 69 appearances for Ivory Coast, and he and fellow English Premiership veteran D Kolo Toure are expected to lead the way for Les Elephants. (See live betting lines for Brazil vs. Ivory Coast)
Key #2 – Can Brazil control the tempo of this match? – Brazil is coming off of a 2-1 win against North Korea which wasn’t overly impressive. The clip of the game was remotely high, but all in all, the Brazilians are always looking to attack with more gusto. Ivory Coast is coming off a match in which the pace was kept down, so this could be an entirely different type of fixture for one of the top African sides. If Drogba is at full strength, he can stretch the field and keep the game at a frantic pace for the Ivory Coast as well, but we tend to believe that he isn’t going to be fully fit, which could make him a little timid. (See prop bets Brazil vs. Ivory Coast)
Key #3 – Will Brazil avoid another “check out” moment? - It goes without saying that the Brazilians didn’t play their best 60 minutes of soccer to start off against North Korea, as a scoreless result through the first hour of play was embarrassing. If not for Spain losing to Switzerland this next day, perhaps manager Dunga would be taking a lot more heat right now for the disappointing start of play. Ivory Coast has a tendency of being able to keep star-studded teams down, and Brazil may be no exception. If the Brazilians don’t come to play in this one, the end result could be an ugly one that leaves the team in danger of not making the second round for the first time since 1966. (Try live in-game world cup betting now!)
We tend to believe that Les Elephants are going to give Brazil everything that it can handle. However, on the downside, there is still far too much talent to go around for the Brazilians to not strike gold once in this match. That one may be enough, particularly in Drogba is grounded.
Brazil vs. Ivory Coast World Cup Score Prediction: Brazil 1 – Ivory Coast 0