Ivory Coast have an array of talent at their disposal, many of their players represent the top teams in the top leagues over Europe, yet despite this have never managed to get out of their Group in either of the previous World Cup Finals they have qualified for. 2014 looks like their best opportunity to do this, as they have been handed a tough draw, and have players on top of their game in the likes of Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony, both of whom have made a big impact in the Premier League this season.
Other notable players for the Ivory Coast include Didier Drogba, Chiek Tiote and Gervinho. Despite this talented squad, the Ivory Coast are still odds on at 10/11 not to qualify. With a relatively easy group draw alongside Colombia, Greece and Japan, many punters will consider the even money available on Ivory Coast progressing to the knockout stages as a good bet.
Ivory Coast can be backed at 150/1 to win the World Cup with William Hill, but this is not something we would advise. For those who fancy Ivory Coast to do well in Brazil, the 6/4 on Ivory Coast being the top African Nation with Paddy Power looks a much better bet.
Ivory Coast betting odds and preview
A word of caution about betting on the Ivory Coast is that despite the quality players they have in the squad, the continue to under perform. Having previously failed to qualify from the group stage at both of the last two World Cups, they have also been disappointing at recent African Cup of Nations tournaments, failing to make the semi-finals on two of the last three occasions. Therefore, whilst we think Ivory Coast will perform better at the 2014 World Cup, it may be shrewd to have a saver bet on them getting exactly one point from the group stages at 6/1 with Coral, and just two points at 8/1 with the same firm. Yaya Toure as top Ivory Coast scorer at odds of 5/1 also makes a lot of appeal. Ladbrokes also offer 150/1 on Toure being the top tournament scorer, something that may appeal as an each-way bet for those looking for an outsider.
Ivory Coast World Cup betting tips
Best bet on Ivory Coast at the World Cup is Ivory Coast to qualify from their group at evens.
Next best bet on Ivory Coast to get just a single point from their group games at 6/1.
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