Crazy49er1313, thank you for the comment, if you actually make that comment on my blog entry I would be eternally grateful
As far as Ivory Coast over Portugal, the chances are legit IMO. In this early prediction I have them on a 1-1 tie because what I expect from that matchup is the speed and physicality of The Elephants (I do believe that's their nickname) against the overall talent and wisdom of the Portuguese, and I really don't see either team pulling away in this game (at least not right now anyways)
The results of European qualifying are more accessible to fans, so it's easy to make a case against Portugal based on how much they struggled in their group, but they had a pretty tough group with Denmark (group winner), Sweden, and Hungary (not a pushover by any means). Ivory Coast on the other hand had a relatively easy group with Mozambique (only real competition), Madagascar, and Botswana yet they had to settle for ties in every road game so they were far from dominant.