This Group C encounter pits the two winners in a head-to-head for the top spot. Columbia breezed past Greece in their opening game while the Ivory Coast narrowly edged Japan.
Both of these teams will be looking to gain an advantage going into their final group games as an encounter with the Group F victors is ahead in the Round of 16 match – and I doubt either of these team would fancy Italy in the knock-out stages (who we all expect to finish top).
Didier Drogba is likely to once again start on the bench with Sabri Lamouchi, the Ivory Coast coach, looking at an attacking trio of Salomon Kalou, Gervinho and Wilfried Bony again. They proved a significantly formidable team in their opening match with Japan and certainly haven’t hurt their own chances of getting the nod again. However, Drogba may feel his final half hour impacted the team more and he isn’t 100% fit.
Thursday’s 5pm kick-off at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia will be the first ever game between Colombia and Ivory Coast – and Jose Pekerman’s troops will be in high spirits following their 3-0 demolition of Greece in their opening game. Colombia striker Carlos Bacca, who started on the bench against the Greeks, has a leg injury and will be out for the rest of the World Cup group stages, with Falcao also missing out, the South Americans are a little bit make-shift now.