Betting tips for Colombia v Ivory Coast: Predicted line-ups & essential facts and stats
Colombia: Ospina, Yepes, Zapata, Armero, Aguilar, Zuniga, Sanchez, Cuadrado, Rodriguez, Gutierrez & Ibarbo.
Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca has been ruled out for the group stages due to injury.
Ivory Coast: Barry, Boka, Bamba, Aurier, Zokora, Yaya Toure, Tiote, Serey Die, Kalou, Gervinho & Drogba.
Having replaced Wilfried Bony to such great effect against Japan as a substitute, the Ivorian press predict Didier Drogba will replace the Swansea striker in the Côte d’Ivoire line-up. The only injury worry for Ivory Coast is Didier Ya Konan.
101GG Betting tip:
The two winning teams in the openers from Group C face off in a fascinating clash.
Colombia eased past Greece in their opening match, thanks to goals from Armero, Gutierrez and Rodriguez and the victory for Jose Pekerman’s side never looked in doubt.
Whilst Ivory Coast came from behind to beat Japan 2-1, mainly thanks to the impact of Didier Drogba but also due to two excellent crosses by Serge Aurier, who looks to be an accomplished right back.
Considering how poor Greece looked and with Japan swept aside, it would be no surprise if these two teams emerge top of the group.
The clash on Thursday should be absolutely fascinating with both teams much better in attack than in defence. Goals are pretty much guaranteed.
One advantage Colombia do have is that the stadium in Brasilia will be ram packed with their own fans who have travelled in great numbers due to the fact the tournament is in South America.
Whether that is enough to make a difference remains to be seen.
Ivory Coast will no doubt be on a major high with many of their ageing stars confident of progression after one game, which was not the case in 2006 or 2010.
101GG Prediction: Colombia 2 – Ivory Coast 2.
Some essential facts and stats to help with online betting on Colombia v Ivory Coast
Colombia and Ivory Coast have never played against each other in a friendly international or World Cup match.
Ivory Coast have lost in successive World Cups to South American teams – Argentina in 2006, Brazil in 2010.
Colombia manager Jose Pekerman was in charge of Argentina eight years ago when they beat Ivory Coast 2-1 in 2006.
Colombia are unbeaten in their last eight games, a run stretching back to October 2013: Four wins and four draws.
Didier Drogba has scored seven goals in his last ten games for the Ivory Coast.