Both beaten in their openers, Japan and Greece won’t need reminding of how crucial their Natal contest is in terms of their hopes of qualification from Group C.
Alberto Zaccheroni’s team are bet365′s 6/5 favourites and that seems fair against a Greek team that seemed to lack the defensive resilience we traditionally associate with them as they were hammered 3-0 by Colombia.
Fernando Santos was highly critical of his side after that one and he a job on his hands to pick up BetVictor’s 11/4 outsiders, who looked pretty dejected after the final whistle on Saturday.
Subsequently, despite fading a touch in the second half against the Ivory Coast, Japan look best placed to collect the points here. Tidy in possession, they’re an alluring 29/10 courtesy of Ladbrokes to edge out Greece by a one-goal margin and the same firm make them 7/1 to register a 1-0 victory.
Japan to beat Greece 1-0 – 7/1 (Ladbrokes)