Sabri Lamouchi's men are on the verge of booking their tickets to World Cup 2014 but their next opponents are on a fine run of form
Sabri Lamouchi's men welcome Senegal to Abidjan for the first-leg of their World Cup play-off knowing a win will put them in pole position to qualify for the finals in Brazil next year.
The hosts head into the game in poor form, though, having won just two of their last six games.
Midfielder Yaya Toure is Cote d'Ivoire's top scorer in qualifying so far with four goals and the Manchester City star will be looked upon to play a pivotal role.
Strikers Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou will also be expected to make an impact for a side well-fancied to progress but face a tough task against a Senegal side unbeaten in their last five games.
However, the Lions of Teranga need Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse to rediscover his best form if they are to emerge victorious.
Cisse has scored just one goal for the Magpies this season, but has been key for his country in qualifying, netting four times in six games.
The disappointing club performances of Cisse may be a concern to manager Alain Giresse, who was only appointed in January shortly after Senegal's failure to reach the African Cup of Nations finals.
Still, Giresse has strength in depth in his ranks, with Fenerbahce's Moussa Sow and Bordeaux's Henri Saivet both available to boost the forward line as Senegal look to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 2002.