Revenge for Ivory Coast’s Eriksson in World Cup Fixtures

5th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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The 2010 FIFA World Cup could throw up some interesting matches in the knockout stages, for example, the possibility of new Ivory Coast manager Sven Goran Eriksson coming up against England. However, one possible revenge motivated match is definitely on the card for the former England boss, and that is the group match the Ivory Coast will play against Portugal. During his tenure as England boss, the Swede suffered heartbreaking defeats in both the European Championships and the World Cup against the Portuguese. After recently being named as the new coach of the African nation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the World Cup fixtures present Eriksson with the opportunity of a “third time lucky”  when taking on Portugal.

How much will revenge be on the mind of the cool and collected Eriksson? He in apparently relishing the opportunity, more than letting revenge play any part in his preparations. It is against Portugal which the Ivory Coast start their World Cup campaign, and it could all come down to it being a decider as to who finishes second in the group behind Brazil. This is one of the toughest groups at the tournament, but some good news for the Portuguese is that they have claimed their highest ever position in the FIFA World Rankings. After a recent re-shuffle, Portugal are now ranked third in the world, even though they had a lot of troubles grinding out results during qualification. World Cup odds do not quite reflect their standings though as they are back in the chasing pack of European contenders.

The Ivory Coast, as expected secured qualification for the World Cup easily enough, but a disappointing African Cup of Nations, saw the nation go in search of a new coach to lead them at the World Cup. The draw hasn’t been kind to them, having to face Brazil and Portugal, and Eriksson will again face a massively crucial game against Portugal. Can he get the upper hand over them this time, something he couldn’t do in his England days? When looking at betting on the Ivory Coast at the World Cup, has Sven Goran Eriksson had enough time to stamp his authority on the side? Will his defensive European style suit the African nation? These are questions to consider when looking at betting on the Ivory coast in the “Group of Death”.

Eriksson is eyeing a Quarter Final appearance for the Ivory coast, and looking at the best bookmakers for betting on the World Cup, it will be a close match between them and Portugal. Eriksson has also been putting in positive words for his old charges, backing England’s chances at the World Cup. Eriksson knows the players, knows the setup and what the England fans can expect from their nation at the World Cup. Eriksson believes that Fabio Capello has a great chance of leading England to the semi finals of the competition, and then, beyond that, who knows? England have the established experience, something that rings true with the Ivory Coast also. The current crop of Ivory Coast players have been together for a long time, and that is perhaps the main strength that Eriksson can bring out of the African nation.


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