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Ivory Coast aiming for World Cup knockout stages

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Squad

Goalkeepers: Boubacar Barry (Lokeren), Sylvain Gbohouo (Sewe Sport), Sayouba Sande (Stabaek).

Defenders: Kolo Toure (Liverpool), Sol Bamba (Trabzonspor), Didier Zokora (Trabzonspor), Serge Aurier (Toulouse), Arthur Boka (Stuttgart), Ousmane Viera Diarrassouba (Caykur Rizespor), Constant Djakpa (Frankfurt), Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro (Toulouse).

Midfielders: Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Cheick Tiote (Newcastle), Serey Die (Basel), Max Gradel, Diomande Ismael (Saint Etienne), Didier Ya Konan (Hannover), Mathis Bolly (Dusseldorf).

Forwards: Gervinho (Roma), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Salomon Kalou (Lille), Wilfried Bony (Swansea), Giovanni Sio (Basel).

Fixtures

14th June v Japan (Recife)

19th June v Colombia (Brasilia)

24th June v Greece (Fortaleza)

Strengths

With an experienced core that has played together for over a decade, the squad possesses good team chemistry. Players such as Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba give the Ivorians a great physical presence. A revitalised Gervinho can provide a threat from the wing.

Weaknesses

A leaky defence, including a past it Kolo Toure, and attacking minded fullbacks leave them vulnerable at the back. Some of the older players may struggle with the pace and precision of younger players.

Key Player

Ivory Coast’s fulcrum, Yaya Toure has had a fantastic season for Manchester City. He is solid when defending and can breeze passed an entire defence with pace and power.

Prediction

The team’s attacking prowess could see them progress to the last 16 but the weakness in defending may prevent them progressing further.

Odds

125/1

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