Ivory Coast vs Portugal preview – Group G

The first Group G match of the 2010 World Cup should be a top clash when the Ivory Coast tackle Portugal on Wednesday 16th June at 12:00am Melbourne time at Port Elizabeth Stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.

These two sides are yet to face each other in International competition and this will be their first meeting at a  World Cup tournament.

The Ivory Coast scored at 2.42 goals per game through qualification with Didier Drogba leading the goals with 6 while Sekou Cisse, Bakary Kone and Boubacar Sanogo all grabbed 3 each.

Portugal scored at 1.58 per goal with Simao leading goal kicker with 4 followed by Nani with 3.

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When: Wednesday 16th June
Time: 12:00am AEST Midnight Tuesday Melbourne time
Where: Port Elizabeth Stadium, Nelson Mandela Bay
TV: Televised live on SBS

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Latest Ivory Coast and Portugal Form

Ivory Coast (#27)
04.06.10 WON Japan 0-2 Ivory Coast Friendly
30.05.10 Draw Paraguay 2-2 Ivory Coast Friendly
11.04.10 WON Ivory Coast 4-0 Togo African Nations
28.03.10 WON Togo 1-2 Ivory Coast African Nations
03.03.10 Lost Ivory Coast 0-2 Korea Republic Friendly

The Ivory Coast have been in solid form in World Cup friendly matches and have won three of their past four games and have drawn with Paraguay and defeated Japan in recent games.

Portugal (#3)
08.06.10 WON Portugal 3-0 Mozambique Friendly
01.06.10 WON Portugal 3-1 Cameroon Friendly
24.05.10 Draw Portugal 0-0 Cape Verde Islands Friendly
03.03.10 WON Portugal 2-0 China PR Friendly
18.11.09 WON Bosnia-Herzegovina 0-1 Portugal World Cup Qual

Portugal has won four and drawn one of their last five friendlies and enter the tournament on the back of two wins where they scored 3 goals on each occasion.

Ivory Coast vs Portugal Preview

Ivory Coast
The Ivory Coast qualified for South Africa without tasting defeat and they gained their place in the 2010 World Cup in easy fashion over teams such as Mozambique, Madagascar, Botswana and Malawi.

Didier Drogba, Aureliano Torres and Kolo Toure all scored goals in recent matches.

Portugal
Portugal struggled to qualify for this tournament and it was only after a play-off win over Bosnia where Bruno Alves and Raul Meireles scored in each 1-0 leg that assured a trip to South Africa.

Raúl Meireles and Hugo Almeida have scored multiple goals and Nani one in latest friendly matches.

Sportsbet odds for Ivory Coast vs Portugal

Ivory Coast 3.25
Draw 3.20
Portugal 2.15

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Ivory Coast vs Portugal Match Prediction

This match is an exciting prospect on paper and could realistically go either way, which makes the Ivory Coast reasonable value at their current odds. The Africans are solid down back and their midfield can cut it with Portugal but if Drogba does not play as expected then they lack a focal presence up forward.

The Portuguese have an ageing team but has the services of the brilliant Ronaldo who has not fired for his country like he does for his club.

Could end up being a draw or a win for either side given the talent on disposal and what players take the pitch. Both sides are capable of finding the net and goals could be on the agenda.

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