Greece v Ivory Coast: Predicted lineups

Published June 24th, 2014 - 12:41 GMT

As crazy as it sounds, Group D is still wide open at the moment and Greece still have a chance to go through to the next round if they can pull of a strong showing against the Ivory Coast and take all three points.

Although the Greeks goal difference is minus three to Japan's even differential, but they have a better chance of defeating the Ivory coast than Japan are expected to have at taking points from Colombia.

However, nothing is over until the final whistle of today and the only side guaranteed a place in the knockout stage out of Group C is currently Colombia.

Both sides have a key player suspended in the Greeks loosing Konstantinos Katsouranis and the Ivorians without Didier Zokora. Kosta Mitroglou is also a doubt for Greece and is expected to see Theofanis Gekas take his place at the top of the Grecian 4-5-1.

Giorgios Karagounis is expected to fill the void left by Konstantinos in the midfield as the Greek's look to pack in their typical defensive shell and stifle the Ivorian attack while looking to break free on the counter.

Kolo Toure could feature for the first time this summer and he is expected to have a strong emotional performance, as is his brother Yaya Toure as both are reeling from the loss of their younger brother to cancer late last week.

Didier Drogba is believed in line for a start also as his size and physicality is well suited to breaking through the Greek defensive stronghold as the African nation looks to book their place in the next round needing only a draw to do so.

Greece Starting XI: Karnezis: Torosidis, Sokratis, Manolas, Holebas; Salpingidis, Kone, Maniatis, Karagounis, Samaras; Gekas.

Ivory Coast Starting XI: Barry: Aurier, K. Toure, Bamba, Boka; Die, Tiote; Kalou, Y. Toure, Gervinho; Drogba.


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