World Cup 2014 tips for Group C and the latest World Cup betting odds for the group featuring Columbia, Ivory Coast, Japan and Greece.
The group stages of the 2014 World Cup will see some of the biggest names in world football face each other right from the very start of the tournament. Group C may be one of just two groups which lacks a past winner of the Jules Rimet trophy, but it is sure to be one of the most hotly contested groups with Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan all sure to fancy their chances of progressing to the latter stages.
World Cup Group C Betting Odds: Columbia are favourites to top the group at 10/11 with Betfair, with the Ivory Coast 4/1 with Betfred to win Group C. Japan (5/1 with Bet Victor) and Greece (9/1 with Boylesports) are outsiders, but both have the players and the pedigree at major tournaments to know they are capable of making it to the knockout stages.
Whilst the conditions in Brazil will no doubt favour the Colombians, Greece and Japan are both sides which know what it takes to get through the group stages of major tournaments. Greece surprised everyone in 2004 in winning the European Championships in Portugal, and did well to get past Russia and co-hosts Poland in the group stages of the 2012 competition, so for our first World Cup tip in Group C, take the 12/5 from Stan James for Greece to qualify from the group. Japan have made the round of 16 in two of the last three tournaments, and at odds of 5/4 with Ladbrokes to qualify could also be worth looking at in this market.
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In terms of goals in the group, Colombia are once again ahead of the Ivory Coast in the World Cup betting odds to be the highest scorers over the first phase. However, given the form of Ivorian Premier League Players such as Yaya Toure and Wilfred Bony in recent weeks, at 11/4 with Unibet, the African side would be my tip to finish the group as top scorers.
One final market to consider for our 2014 World Cup predictions for Group C is the total number of goals in the group. Bwin offer 4/5 on over 13.5 goals, and 9/10 on under. It is of course difficult to bet across six matches in this way, but without any one real weak side and given the nature of the world cup I would expect each round of group C to be very tightly contested. Mistakes can make or break World Cup campaigns and as a result matches are often cagey affairs, so in a group as open as this one perhaps we will see less goals than in others.
Greece to qualify – 12/5 with Stan James: register here and get a free £10 World Cup bet at Stan James.
Ivory Coast to be top scorers – 11/4 with Unibet
Duel Forecast Colombia/Greece – 11/2 with Ladbrokes: register here and get a free £50 World Cup bet at Ladbrokes.
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