The World Cup hopes of both Japan and Greece hang in the balance after opening match defeats against Ivory Coast and Colombia respectively. Defeat for either would send them home but victory could get them right back in the mix for qualification for the knockout stage of Brazil 2014. Read on for the latest betting tips, live betting odds comparison and analysis as we predict what will happen when these sides meet in Natal on Thursday.

Both Japan and Greece created chances in their respective opening matches but neither quite possessed the cutting edge to get anything from their game. Alberto Zaccheroni’s Japan showed some lively play and good passing in the middle third but they will need to be a little more ruthless if they are to win this one. Greece, meanwhile, were just outplayed by a fine Colombia side and could do little to stop the South Americans running away with the match.

The bookies think Japan’s superior level of creative talent will see them to victory and they can be backed at best betting odds of 13/10 with Sky Bet. If you think the Greeks will muster enough to triumph, you can grab the odds of 12/5 with Bet365 for that outcome. Overall though we think the draw is the most likely result, which is available at betting odds of 12/5 with Ladbrokes and others and will effectively leave the path clear for Colombia and Ivory Coast to progress to the Round of 16.

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