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The Ivorians may have netted in their 26 outings on the bounce, but they’ve also shipped in all bar one of their last 13 internationals. With plenty of making up to do, we’re tucking into a delicious serving of the even money about Colombia beating Ivory Coast with all the relish of David Blaine offered a few Wotsits in the wake of 44 days locked up in his perspex box.
Colombia dismantled a Greek team known as parsimony fundamentalists on their Group C bow and should be able to savage the more generous Elephants backline this time around.
Some Los Cafeteros backers may fear a defence marshalled by the 38-year-old Mario Yepes could be susceptible to pacey attacks from Sabri Lamouchi’s African poster boys.
Yet the Ivorians are lacking pace up front in the shape of Wilfried Bony, Saloman Kalou and Didier Drogba making a third successive clean sheet a realistic goal for Colombians, who possessed the best back line in South American World Cup qualifying.