World Cup Group C Betting


Colombia

Odds: 25.00

Qualifying form: Impressive. Won nine of 16 games and finished second only to Argentina in the South American rankings.

Previous best: Reached the last 16 in 1990, but have failed to get beyond the first round in four other attempts.

Key man: Falcao

A powerhouse in attack and the talisman for this Colombia side. Colombia need the Monaco man to be on his game if they are to reach the latter stages.

Potential wildcard: Teofilo Gutierrez

Falcao’s partner in crime, Gutierrez scored some vital goals for Colombia in qualifying, including a sensational brace in the 4-0 win over Uruguay.

If they were a musical act they'd be...

N-Sync - Other than the main guy, nobody can remember their names. 



Ivory Coast

 

Odds: 100.00    

Qualifying form: One of five direct African qualifiers, the Elephants were unbeaten in qualifying and booked their spot with a two-legged play-off victory over Senegal.

Previous best: Group phase in 2006 and 2010.  

Key man: Yaya Toure

While Brazil 2014 will serve as a swansong for the country's most established player, Didier Drogba, it will come at the perfect time for Manchester City's box-to-box machine, who is at the top of his game right now and can dominate any midfield battle.

Potential wildcard: Lacina Traore - This giant goal machine may not be an automatic starter for boss Sabri Lamouchi, but the 6ft 8ins man from Anzhi has a decent goalscoring record at all levels and an eye for the spectacular.

If they were a musical act they'd be...

The Firm - This supergroup is undoubtedly made up of individuals with incredible talent, but they're all too often disappointing when they join forces on the main stage. 





Greece



Odds: 250.00

Qualifying form: Finished level on points with Group winners Bosnia, but were edged into the play-offs on goal difference. Their problem was a lack of goals, but their tight defence saw them through – and they then beat Romania over two legs to secure their place.

Previous best: First round in 1994 and 2010

Key man: Dimitris Salpingidis

The PAOK star has the knack of being in the right place at the right time, and his three goals in qualification proved crucial in guiding Greece through. At 32, he’ll be looking to make an impression in his final World Cup.

Potential Wildcard: Kostas Fortounis

Among an ageing team, this 21 year old playmaker is a breath of fresh air. A fixture in Kaiserslautern's team since he left school, Kostas will make the step to the big time if he justifies his billing in Brazil. 

If they were a musical act they’d be…

Chesney Hawkes - A one-hit wonder, Greece's 2004 European Championship victory is their “ one and only” triumph of note.




Japan


Odds: 150.00

Qualifying form: Efficient as ever. Topped a group that also contained Australia, thus securing automatic qualification.

Previous best: Round of 16 in 2002 & 2010

Key man: Shinji Kagawa - He may be out of favour at Manchester United, but this twinkle-toed attacking midfielder is the jewel in the crown of this Japan side.

Wildcard: Shinji Okazaki - The Mainz striker has a superb scoring record Japan, with 35 goals in 66 games.

If they were a musical act they’d be…

Shampoo - Only considered a big deal in Japan.