This crucial Group G clash presents Brazil with the chance to take this World Cup by the scruff of the neck. Surprise defeats for Spain, Germany and France and scrappy draws for Italy and England means no one has stepped forward to stake a claim for the trophy.
Brazil were nearly as unimpressive in beating North Korea 2-1 in their opener, but their task against Cote d’Ivoire is not simply to signal their intent to go all the way; the three-way battle to reach the second round is a tight one according to World cup 2010 betting odds and the Samba Kings must go all out for three points.
Dunga’s men have been derided in many quarters as too functional and unexciting and it is certainly true that they need to find a spark against the Elephants, who gave as good as they got in sharing a goalless stalemate with Portugal.
Betting world cup 2010 pundits have noted that talisman Kaká looked off the pace against North Korea, unsurprisingly so considering he barely completed a game for Real Madrid after Christmas. He was not alone in looking pedestrian, reflecting a collective arrogance against under-estimated opposition.
The forward men will get another chance to impress, despite the claims of Nilmar and Grafite. Sven Goran Eriksson will make a change in attack, as the recovering Didier Drogba is ready to lead the line after coming on as a substitute against Portugal.
These teams have never previously met and the West Africans are unlikely to be overawed. The tournament has exploded into life with a burst of goals and the wealth of attacking talent on show in this one might maintain the trend.
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