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World Cup 2014: Group C predictions

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GMS academy member Graham Leydon has decided to profile how he thinks each and every one of the 48 group-stage clashes will unfold at a South American showpiece which is now under 24 hours away, continuing with Group B.

Group C - How it could pan out?

While Colombia may be close to home, they may find their first World Cup in 16 years a struggle. Despite possessing a talented team, the outfit here which could go through as group winners is the Ivory Coast.

Their squad features a number of players potentially heading into their last World Cup and stars such as Yaya Toure in the forms of their lives and the confidence - you imagine - will be high.

Ivory Coast will top the group with seven points with two crucial wins against Japan and Colombia. Both will be by a 2-1 scoreline while a 1-1 draw against Greece will cement their place further.

Didier Drogba will score two and Yaya Toure, Salomon Kalou and Gervinho will all score a goal each.

Greece will perform solidly and do enough to get them through. They will finish second with five points, winning 2-0 against Japan while the aforementioned 1-1 draw with Ivory Coast will be key. A 0-0 draw with Colombia will ensure they finish with five points and get through safely.

Georgios Samaras will score two, with Theofanis Gekas getting the other goal.

Colombia will have to make do with third sadly, with a 3-1 win against Japan, the 0-0 draw against Greece and 2-1 loss to Ivory Coast knocking them out.

Adrian Ramos and Carlos Bacca will each score twice to improve their credentials further.

Japan will showcase exciting football and be unlucky in their results at the same time, as shown with a 3-1 loss to Colombia, 2-1 loss to Ivory Coast and 2-0 loss to Greece. Keisuke Honda will score both goals.

Team P W D L F A GD Pts

Ivory Coast 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 7

Greece 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5

Colombia 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4

Japan 3 0 0 3 2 7 -5 0

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