Odds Greece Will Win World Cup 2014

Greece is currently No. 10 in FIFA’s world rankings. However, despite their high ranking the Greeks are pegged as +900 longshots to finish on top in Group C at Brazil 2014. Greece fields one of the best defenses in the game, as demonstrated by their dominance in World Cup qualifying, but the concern remains their ability to score. Will a single goal be enough against attacking teams like Colombia and Ivory Coast?

Greece Odds to Win World Cup 2014: 200/1 (from Bovada)
Greece Odds to Win Group B: +900 (from Bovada)

Greece is coming off a disappointing 2-0 loss to South Korea, the first time they had given up more than one goal in a match in almost a year after giving up a total of two goals in their previous nine matches, mostly against weak opposition. But they also only scored a total of 12 goals during that streak. Since their surprise win at the 2004 Euro, the Greeks have established themselves as masters of defense and one of Europe’s elite squads. They will need to be on the top of their game to advance to the Group of 16.

Early World Cup Pick

Labeled as +900 longshots to win Group C and 200/1 longshots to win the 2014 World Cup, Greece heads to Brazil 2014 with a lot to prove. Their biggest challenge will come against Colombia, in a battle of great defense versus great offense. The objective for Greece will be to grab at least one point in their opening match against Colombia in order to gain an edge on their rivals for second place. The Greeks’ vaunted defense will also be tested by Ivory Coast’s young offensive studs. However, Greece’s experience should give them the edge. Japan’s technical skill presents a different challenge for Greece in the match most likely to finish in a scoreless draw.

Greece Qualifying Results - How they got to the World Cup

Greece recorded five straight clean sheets en route to tying Bosnia-Herzegovina during World Cup qualifying. However, they finished second on goal differential. Greece defeated Romania 4-2 on aggregate in playoff.

12/10/12 Greece 0 – 0 Bosnia-Herzegovina        
16/10/12 Slovakia 0 – 1 Greece        
22/03/13 Bosnia-Herzegovina 3 – 1 Greece        
07/06/13 Lithuania 0 – 1 Greece        
06/09/13 Liechtenstein 0 – 1 Greece        
10/09/13 Greece 1 – 0 Latvia        
11/10/13 Greece 1 – 0 Slovakia        
15/10/13 Greece 2 – 0 Liechtenstein        
15/11/13 Greece 3 – 1 Romania        
19/11/13 Romania 1 – 1 Greece

Greece World Cup Group Play Schedule

14/06/14 Colombia vs. Greece - Estadio Mineirão     
19/06/14 Japan vs. Greece - Estadio das Dunas     
24/06/14 Greece vs. Ivory Coast - Estadio Castelão

Greece Key Players

Konstantinos Mitroglou FW, Fulham– Greece’s big man up front, his health remains an issue leading up to Brazil 2014

Sokratis Papastathopoulos DF Borussia Dortmund – Captain of Greece’s national team, was instrumental in squad’s success in World Cup qualification playoff against Romania.

Giorgos Samaras FW Celtic – Striker will be counted on to take the pressure off Mitroglou, who will be the target of opposing defenses.