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Portugal Ivory Coast Betting – Portugal Take Advantage Of Shaky Ivorian Goalkeeping

Posted by Todd Shale on 5/26/2010 3:54:24 PM
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Online betting players are anxiously awaiting the opening of Group G, which has been tabbed as the toughest group in the World Cup. Portugal and the Ivory Coast aren’t afraid to play a wide-open game, which should make for an exciting match, but the Ivorians’ shakiness at the back will give Portugal the edge.

  • What: World Cup Betting
  • When: Tuesday, June 15th, 10:00 AM ET
  • Where: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
  • Key Stats: This is the first meeting for these two countries
The Storyline

The “Group of Death” kicks off with what could be the best match of the group stages as both teams like to attack. Captains Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba are very familiar with each other due to Ronaldo’s days in the Premiership, and both are consensus top-10 players in Europe, if not the world. Both are also considered solid darkhorse bets to win the World Cup, but with Brazil in Group G as well, there could be room for only one.


Who Has The Edge On Offense: Portugal vs Ivory Coast Betting

Portugal surprisingly struggled to score goals in qualification, and Ronaldo didn’t find the net once, although he was a constant threat and should raise his game in South Africa after a great season at Real Madrid. However, the player to watch may be Nani, who was Ronaldo’s understudy at Manchester United and flourished when his countryman left for Spain. Nani was behind only Simao in terms of goals, and with all the attention paid to Ronaldo, he could find himself with some extra space.

Drogba is arguably the best striker in Europe with Chelsea, possessing an alarming combination of pace, power and skill. He’s joined by club teammate Solomon Kalou, who was inconsistent at Chelsea this season. However, Boubacar Sonogo and Sekou Cisse aren’t in the squad due to injuries, and word has emerged that Drogba will hold off having a hernia operation until after the tournament, which is something to keep an eye on.

Edge: Draw

Who Has The Edge In Defense: Portugal vs Ivory Coast Betting

Portugal’s defense doesn’t get that much credit because of their attacking talent, but Pepe’s fitness regarding a knee injury is a worry. Bruno Alves and Ricardo Carvalho are dependable in the middle, but they’re going to need Raul Meireles to be a shield in front of keeper Eduardo and the back four if Portugal is going to claim a sportsbook win in this match.

The Ivorian defense is led by the brother duo of Yaya and Kolo Toure, and Yaya provides the muscle in Barcelona’s midfield so Xavi and others can get forward. Kolo was probably Manchester City’s best defender in a wild year, and Emmanuel Eboue will also be a factor. Midfielder Didier Zokora has to be more disciplined when to go forward, because the Ivory Coast has a shaky keeper in Boubacar Barry.

Edge: Portugal

Notable Injuries – Portugal vs Ivory Coast Betting

Portugal doesn’t have any major injuries to their squad with the exception of Pepe (knee), who has been out for five months now.

Drobga (hernia) will try to battle through his injury, but missing out on the injury-prone Cisse (thigh) as well as Cisse (toe) will really put pressure on Drogba.

Edge: Portugal

Totals – Portugal vs Ivory Coast Betting

Both teams love to attack, and they know what’s at stake: pole position to move onto the next round. With the offensive talent on display, there could be fireworks to kick off Group G.

Edge: Over 2.5

Portugal vs Ivory Coast Betting Prediction & Outlook

Portugal is a +130 favorite in this crucial encounter, with the Ivorians coming in at +210, while a draw comes at +220. You just get the feeling that this won’t end in a draw as both teams have players that can deliver a late goal. The question is, how healthy is Drogba? We’re not betting that he’s more hurt than he is, but he has played a lot of soccer for Chelsea over the last year or two. Meanwhile, Ronaldo was hurt at the beginning of the year, but he ended the season with a bang. We’re also not too sure about Barry at the back of the Ivory Coast, and that could be their downfall.

World Cup Picks: Bet Portugal +130

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