Two heavyweights go head to head in Port Elizabeth.
Ivory Coast coach Sven-Goran Eriksson must decide whether or not to risk captain Didier Drogba, who broke a bone in his arm on 4 June. If he is ruled out, Seydou Doumbia is set to replace him up front alongside Salomon Kalou.
Portugal’s defensive midfielder, Pepe, only made his comeback from a serious knee injury against Mozambique last week, so he may have to settle for a place on the bench.
Simao has declared himself fit after a minor knee complaint and is likely to start, given Nani’s departure from the squad with a collarbone injury. (BBC Sport)
Sven Goran Eriksson must wait until the very last minute before naming his starting eleven for The Elephants eleven as he hopes that his captain Didier Drogba is fit and ready to take part in what is the most intriguing encounter of the World Cup thus far.
Portugal will be hoping to take advantage of the Chelsea man’s absence if indeed the forward is ruled out and Carlos Queiroz takes his in form side into this Port Elizabeth encounter knowing that his sides 20 month unbeaten run will come under great pressure against arguably the strongest African side on show at this years tournament.
Highlights of recent warm up games the two sides have taken part in.
Japan 0-2 Ivory Coast
Portugal 3-0 Mozambique