Ivory Coast vs Japan by JerryDrake
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Stadium: Arena Pernambuco, Recife
Without Yaya Touré
The last news from Brazil about the Elephants is that Yaya Touré (82/16, Manchester City) is doubt for this match while also Drogba is not completely fit. The attack of the Ivory Coast would scare any team in this World Cup: Salomon Kalou (67/22, Lille), Didier Drogba (101/63, Galatasaray) and Gervinho (53/14, Roma).
No injury worries for Zac
Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni, call him Zac, has no injury worries for his Japan. All players are available and ready to start a new adventure. The leaders of this team are Keisuke Honda (56/22, Milan), Shinji Kagawa (57/19, Manchester United) and Yuto Nagatomo (70/3, Inter).
The high pace of the Japanese players together with their attempt to make the game and look for ball possession could help Zaccheroni to avoid risks against Drogba and Gervinho. If not so, then Japan risk to lose by many goals as those two players are among the best strikers in this tournament. I decided to bet on the „team“ and not on the „single players“ and I think that Japan is more prepared as group for this World Cup.
IVORY COAST (4-3-3): 1 Barry; 17 Aurier, 22 Bamba, 5 Zokora, 3 Boka; 9 Tiote, 19Yaya Touré, 15 Gradel; 8 Kalou, 11 Drogba, 10 Gervinho. Coach: Lamouchi. Reserves: 16 Gbohouo, 23 Sayouba, 2 Viera, 4 Kolo, 6 Bolly, 7 Akpa, 12 Wilfried, 13 Ya Konan, 18 Djakpa, 20 Serey Die, 21 Sio.
JAPAN (4-2-3-1): 1 Kawashima; 2 Uchida, 22 Yoshida, 15 Konno, 5 Nagatomo; 17 Hasebe, 7 Endo; 9 Okazaki, 4 Honda, 10 Kagawa, 11 Kakitani. Coach: Zaccheroni. Reserves: 12 Nishikawa, 23 Gonda, 3 Sakai, 6 Morishige, 8 Kiyotake, 13 Okubo, 14 Aoyama, 16 Yamaguchi, 18 Osako, 19 Inoha, 20 Saito, 21 H. Sakai.
Japan AH, odds: 2.02 Marathonbet, stake: 7/10
Correct score: Ivory Coast - Japan 2-3, odds: 41.00 William Hill, stake: 1/10
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