Both teams are coming off losses so it is a critical game for both clubs. Nigeria is the favorite in World Cup odds in this Thursday match.
2010 World Cup betting favors Nigeria as they are -110 on the three-way line against Greece. That makes them a solid favorite since Greece is getting more than 3-1 to win the match while the Draw is just over 2-1. The total on the match is two. Considering how well Greece plays defense and their lack of offense, that total might even be too high. Greece was awful in their opening loss to South Korea as they had no offense at all. Their defense usually plays well but even that part of their game was weak in the opening loss to South Korea. Nigeria looked better in their opener but they still lost 1-0 to Argentina in their opening match. Nigeria doesn’t play quite as defensive as Greece but they don’t have many offensive threats.
With both teams needed a win in this match it is tough to predict how it will go. If neither team wants to take a chance then a scoreless draw is definitely a possibility. If one team happens to score early though then it could open up into a higher scoring game, particularly if that team is Nigeria. If Greece gets the first goal then they will totally shut things down.
This is a fairly early start on Thursday at 10 am Eastern so if you are betting this match keep that in mind. It can be seen on ESPN and is a very important one for both Greece and Nigeria as they look to stay alive in Group B. The fan support should be with Nigeria and if they can find a way to score even a single goal it may be enough for them to get the win. Neither team has a very potent offense so one goal could actually be enough to win this match. Greece defender Vassilis Torosidis said that Greece would still play their normal style even though it didn’t get them a goal in their first match.