North Korea vs Ivory Coast – betting tips, match preview and prediction

World Cup BettingThe North Koreans faces Ivory Coast in what will likely be the last World Cup match for both sides. Ivory Coast has a very slight chance of qualifying at Nelspruit today 15:00 BST, but it would require a massive amount of goals and Portugal losing to Brazil.

Match Preview

The task for Ivory Coast is clear today and they have a massive amount of work to do. To qualify they must create a ten goal swing between themselves and Portugal, which would send Portugal out of the World Cup, if they lose to Brazil at the same time. But one would have to be more than normally optimistic to believe they have a chance, even though more strange things have happened before.

It has been a hard task for the Ivory Coast from the beginning. They ended up in the “Group of Death” for the second World Cup in a row and had Drogba injured just before the World Cup. You could wonder whether they are cursed with some kind of unlucky spell, but nevertheless they must play their chance today and the North Koreans could in for another big loss, if Drogba and co gets their game flowing.

The North Koreans have already booked their ticket home and deservedly so after their 7-0 defeat to Portugal. Their coach took the entire responsibility, but the question is whether he could have done anything different. He said afterward the tactics was wrong, but they essentially played the same way as against Brazil, which proved well in frustrating the Brazilian forwards. Whatever the reason for their humiliation against Portugal, they must play better today against Ivory Coast or they could be in for another big hit at Nelspruit.

Team Updates

North Korea coach Kim Jong-hun will have to change things after their humiliation against Portugal, where they played with the same team as against Brazil. We expect them to play even more defensively today, as the patriotic and proud North Koreans would not want another demolition against the Ivory Coast later today.

Ivory Coast needs goals and many goals to be exact. But Sven-Goren Eriksson has a hard job to do and must convince his players of the opportunity today. Nevertheless, their objective will clear and they must play offensively the entire match.

North Korea vs Ivory Coast

The betting pick will be Ivory Coast as outright winner at odds 1.36 at 888 Sports.

We find it hard to imagine any other result than an Ivory Coast win in the match today. Even though the North Koreans will fight to the bitter end, they just do not have the abilities to hold of Ivory Coast. It should be clear to most people after the game against Portugal, that they are levels under almost any other team at the World Cup. They simply do not have the necessary tactical or physical strength to play at this level and we consider odds 1.36 to be a very solid betting option.

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