10:00AM-Soccer: Portugal OR Ivory Coast

The World Cup continues today with a matchup between two Group G teams that will be trying to compete for the second place and advance to the knockout round.  Assuming Brazil finishes atop the group, there will be a battle for every point between two teams that have high hopes for this World Cup.  History shows that an opening game loss does not bode well for further advancement, so both will want a win in this one.

StreakFacts:

  • Portugal is ranked 3rd in the FIFA world rankings
  • Ivory Coast is 27th  in the FIFA world rankings
  • Portugal had 6 wins and 1 tie in 2009 world cup qualifiers
  • Ivory Coast had 4 wins and a draw in 2009 world cup qualifiers
  • Portugal is +120 odds to win the match
  • Ivory Coast win/draw is favored at -140

Tonto picks Portugal to win the match * (1 out of 5 stars)

Portugal feels poised to make a deep run in the Cup, but I think this will be a tough game for them especially in Africa.  If either team loses this game there is no way that they will advance.  I’m worried this, like so many other games, will end in a draw, but the way the African teams have been playing I would think that Portugal may be the better choice.

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