Venue: Brazil v Ivory Coast in Johannesburg – World Cup Group G Match
Date: Sunday, June 20, 2010
Match Time: 8.30pm (local)
Brazil v Ivory Coast Odds: Brazil win 8/13; draw 13/5; Ivory Coast win 5/1.
Key players – Brazil: Kaka, Robinho, Luis Fabiano. Ivory Coast: Emmanuel Eboue, Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou.
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Alex Michaels: I was hoping the slow start to this World Cup was just down to first game nerves, but having seen most of the second group matches, I’m not so sure. Let’s hope Brazil can put some magic into the tournament and improve on their opening performance against North Korea, although Sven’s men will be looking to stop them. There have already been a few shocks in recent days, and with Drogba making a surprisingly quick recovery from his broken elbow, this would be another one if the Ivory Coast can upset Brazil. I can’t see it myself after their lacklustre performance against Portugal, while Dunga’s men will surely take advantage where Ronaldo et al couldn’t. Robinho showed that when he’s in the mood, he can change any game, and I think he will have too much for the Ivory Coast on this occasion.
Greg Neville: Look for Brazil to book its place in the Round of 16 with a 3-1 victory here. Kaka, substituted in the 78th minute of the 2-1 win over North Korea, appears to be struggling for form and fitness but I expect the Real Madrid midfielder to step up and make his mark on the 2010 World Cup. Well I hope so, he’s my golden boot pick! I’m tuning into this one just to see the next bit of Brazilian brilliance – I’m a believer that Maicon’s tight-angle shot wasn’t a fluke. Brazilian manager Dunga said his boys do things like that all the time in practice – no wonder they can sell out their training sessions. Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men, who will know the result of the Portugal-North Korea match going in, will have to do everything possible to keep this match close if they want to be the second team out of this group as it is likely to come down to goal differential. And their best chance of doing that is to see Drogba putting the ball into the back of the net and trying to keep pace with Brazil.
Ron Patel: Brazil didn’t look all that sharp against North Korea. The Koreans were content to park the bus, and it took a fluke goal (yes, it was a fluke, no matter if Maicon meant it or not) to break the deadlock. I’m guessing Sven will employ similar tactics. A great matchup to look for is Drogba vs. Lucio, in a repeat of Chelsea’s Champions League clash against Inter Milan. Lucio manhandled Drogba in the tie, and that’ll happen again. Brazil to ultimately break down the Africans and win 3-1.
Other June 20 matches:
World Cup Group F match: Slovakia v Paraguay in Bloemfontein at 1.30pm.
Slovakia v Paraguay Odds: Slovakia win 3/1; draw 11/5; Paraguay win evens.
World Cup Group F match: Italy v New Zealand in Nelspruit at 4pm.
Italy v New Zealand Odds: Italy win 1/6; draw 6/1; New Zealand win 14/1