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Brazil vs Ivory Coast – teams announced

| 20.06.2010

Didier Drogba will make his first start of the World Cup when Ivory Coast take on Brazil tonight at 7.30pm.

The Ivory Coast captain has regained match fitness after breaking his arm, and the totemic Chelsea forward is 7/1 to score first.

Gervinho is dropped to make way for Drogba, but Sven Goran Eriksson has made no other changes to the side that held Portugal to a 0-0 draw.

Brazil, meanwhile, name an unchanged side from their 2-1 win against North Korea. Robinho looked in excellent form in their first match, and he is 5/1 to open the scoring.

The confirmed starting line-ups are:

Brazil: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Juan, Lucio (Captain), Michel Bastos; Felipe Melo, Gilberto Silva; Elano, Kaka, Robinho; Luis Fabiano

Ivory Coast: Barry; Eboue, Demel, Kolo Toure, Tiene; Yaya Toure, Tiote, Zokora; Kalou, Dindane, Drogba (Captain)

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.