Phil Kitromilides explains why he is expecting a tight opening 45 minutes and why punters can more than double their money by backing a half-time stalemate tonight
Greece are the outsiders priced at 3/1 (4.00) with bet365, while Ivory Coast can be backed at evens (2.00) and the draw is offered at 13/5 (3.60).
The temptation of course as it is with almost every match involing Greece is to back a low scoring encounter and under 2.5 goals is offered at 7/10 (1.70) which is a bigger price than it usually is for encounters involving them.
Yet Fernando Santos´side need a victory so they are obliged to score and therefore may opt for a slightly more attacking approach.
There is of course a caveat to that suggestion and it is that Greece lack a cutting edge up front.
Expect then a tight game and the price of 11/10 (2.10) for a draw at half time looks tempting.
This bet has paid out in three of Greece's last five games as well as in Ivory Coast's last game against Colombia and with both teams playing for their World Cup lives, a tight opening 45 minutes could be on the cards.
Don't forget that if the match ends 0-0 then bet365 will refund losing bets on any goalscorer market, correct score, scorecast and half time/full time markets.
|Draw half times at 11/10 (2.10) for a 2.5pt stake with bet365