Ivory Coast is not in the toughest of pools in Group C along with Greece, Japan, and Colombia. They face a technically talented squad in Japan in their first match and while the African nation may have more talent on the pitch they have to not get frustrated by the Japanese style of play. The 2nd may be one to watch since each team has a strong attack.
In their last match they face a team from Greece that has one of the better defensive squads in the World Cup.
Odds to win World Cup: +12500
Odds to win Group: +375
Odds to finish bottom of group: +225
Best World Cup Finish: Group Stage (2006, 2010)
World Cup Match Schedule
14/06/14 Ivory Coast vs. Japan - Arena Pernambuco
19/06/14 Colombia vs. Ivory Coast - Nacional
24/06/14 Greece vs. Ivory Coast - Estadio Castelão
Ivory Coast did not lose a match in African World Cup qualifying and in the mandatory players they won 4-2 on aggregate facing Senegal. The Elephants scored in all 10 of their qualifying matches and while they did have 4 clean sheets that was facing inferior opponents. They failed to register a clean sheet in their last 4 qualifying matches. Overall, they went 6-0-4 and after qualifying they lost their first four friendly matches and did not look very impressive even though they played a couple of legit squads.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Didier Drogba was once one of the best strikers in the world and can he lead the squad’s attack this summer? Manchester City’s Yaya Toure and Liverpool’s Kolo Toure are a couple of great midfielders that have big match experience and each has the talent to press forward on the attack. The Elephants had issues in qualifying giving up late goals, as almost half the ones they conceded came in the last 15 of the match. The defense is also not a great one and the midfield will be counted on to help the back line out.