Second half Ivory Coast resilience enabled the Elephants to overcome Japan in their first World Cup outing, but they’re on course to collide with a daffodil-yellow brick wall in match number two.
An effervescent performance from Colombia was far too much for Greece to contend with as Los Cafeteros ran out 3-0 winners in Belo Horizonte and their exciting attacking play will prove tougher than two-hour old chewing gum for the Ivorians.
A very reasonable 21/20 says the South Americans will make it six points from six here, while those fancying the West Africans to achieve the same feat can cop a 12/5 payday.
The draw is a 5/2 alternative, but it’s the 15/4 about both teams bagging in a Colombian win that’s most likely to pay dividends here.
Jose Pekerman’s men shipped just 13 goals in qualifying, a tally no other CONMEBOL participant could match and they kept their stringent streak intact in their opening Group C encounter, but they won’t stop the forever-scoring Ivory Coast attack from finding the net.
Sabri Lamouchi’s men have beaten the previous 26 opposition goalkeepers they’ve faced and this alone makes it difficult to argue that the Colombians will record a clean sheet.
Their defencemen, however, are nowhere near as proficient as their forward-thinking brethren.
The Ivorian rearguard hasn’t recorded a single clean sheet in any of their last eight outings and the thought of facing a Colombian frontline that’s flourishing without superstar goalsmith Radamel Falcao will be most unnerving.
Tricolor have fired nine goals in their previous four outings and have rustled the net in each of their last seven matches against an African adversary, their last failure to do so occurring way back in 2003.
Judging from these stats, few would oppose backing both teams to bag at 18/25, but Colombia’s superior form and substance makes combining the bet with a Los Cafeteros win a very worthwhile exercise.