Brazil vs Ivory Coast – betting tips, match prediction and preview

World Cup BettingBrazil will be playing Ivory Coast in the late World Cup match on Sunday at 19:30 BST in what promises to be a great game at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg. The Brazilian’s won their first match against North Korea without impressing and will need to play their best against Ivory Coast today, which managed 0-0 against Portugal in their opening match.

Match Preview

They won their first match 2-1 against North Korea, but even though the victory was never really in danger for Brazil, it is not enough winning the game, if you are Brazil. After the match the Brazillian media has required more engagement and has kept up their feud with coach Dunga, who was criticized for their unimpressive performance in defeating North Korea. The question of lacking star players has not been lessened after the match, as they did not manage to break down the defense of the North Korean side. At the same time their only big star player, Kaka, was a shadow of himself in the opening match and was substituted after 77 minutes. Luckily for Brazil Robinho showed great play and created a total of seven chances, which is the highest by any player in the opening matches.

Ivory Coast played 0-0 in the opening match against Portugal and can be satisfied with their defensive performance, which have improved tremendously since the arrival of Sven-Goran Eriksson. They looked very solid and compact in the back, although Cristiano Ronaldo caused some trouble and could have ruined eight clean sheets in the previous 16 matches for the Ivory Coast. On the other hand their offensive performance was not impressive and they only created a few open chances the entire match. It did get better after the return of Drogba in the middle of the second half and fortunately for the Elephants, he is ready to start against Brazil.

Team Updates

The Ivorian Coast captain Didier Drogba will be making a miracle comeback after his broken elbow in their preparation. He will be replacing Aruna Dindane today only 16 days after breaking his bone and will be a nice reinforcement for the Ivorian side.

Although they did not impress against North Korea, the starting eleven in the opening match is set to start again today.

Brazil vs Ivory Coast betting tip

Our betting pick for the match will be over 2.5 goals at odds 2.10 at 888 sports.

Even though both sides have well-organized defenses, we expect a high scoring match tonight at Soccer City stadium. It might seem somewhat risky in an all time low scoring World Cup, but we have seen an increase in the second round matches and will likely continue to see increases as the players learn to control the new ball. In addition Ivory Coast has scored an average of 3.2 goals per match in their qualification with Drogba on the field, while the Brazilian’s have scored an average of almost 2 goals per match in their qualification. In other words both sides have fantastic offensive qualities, which we hopefully will see tonight after the opening nerves are gone. Our match prediction will be a one goal victory for Brazil with 2-1 or 3-2, but we opt for the over 2.5 goal bet with higher odds than the outright victory for Brazil.

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