North Korea entered the 2010 World Cup betting action as the most enigmatic team on the planet and through 2 games in this year’s World Cup odds action it remains so. In its first World Cup betting game in nearly five decades the North Korean squad grabbed the sports betting world’s attention by holding the heavily favored Brazilian national team to a scoreless draw through the first half of action before losing 2-1 in a close game.
In the second World Cup odds appearance the North Korean squad also grabbed the sports betting world’s attention, but for all the wrong reasons. Versus Brazil, in the team’s second game in Group G, the Koreans suffered a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of a previously pathetic looking Portuguese side. It was the second worst defeat in World Cup betting history and rapid turnaround for the worse by the Korean side after such a disciplined game against Brazil.
Ivory Coast won’t be much easier as an opponent in the final game of the group stage for both teams. But this game will have little impact on the final results of the so-called “Group of Death” as it seems all but certain that Brazil and Portugal will both advance to the next round of the World Cup betting.
Brazil leads the group with 6 points; Portugal has 4, Ivory Coast 1, and North Korea 0. North Korea has already been eliminated and Ivory Coast has been given its soccer betting last rights. Technically Ivory Coast still has a chance but it will need to beat North Korea by a score of at least 10-0 and hope that Portugal not only loses vs. Brazil but is held scoreless as well.
This World Cup betting matchup is actually a bit of lame duck and it will have no real consequence on the final results of Group G. As soccer betting fans might expect the Ivory Coast team is heavily favored. Korea is listed in the World Cup odds as 10/1 underdog which is one of the biggest betting lines we’ve seen in this tournament. A draw on this game pays out at 101.25. A bet on Ivory Coast will pay out at a paltry 41/100.
If you’ve got the cajones you might take a flyer on a draw as North Korea is likely to revert back to its 1-9-1 alignment which might result in a scoreless draw, but it’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which Ivory Coast didn’t win this match.