Italy v Costa Rica Odds & Betting Tips – World Cup 2014 Betting

18th June 2014 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
Italy v Costa Rica

Italy v Costa Rica Betting Preview – World Cup 2014

Italy will get the benefit of having seen just what happens in England v Uruguay which is played the day before. That could be a big advantage as these two, who both won their opening group stage matches, will be looking to pick up points to fire themselves towards the knockout stage. Despite Costa Rica’s heroics against the Uruguayan in their opening match, it is Italy who are trading as strong odds-on 1/2 favourites for the win here, in what will be their first ever meeting.

The two sides have played each other before, that was a friendly all the way back in 1994 on neutral territory in the USA. Italy took the win 1-0 on that occasion. Italy of course opened their campaign with a 2-1 win over England, and in the game, their pass completion rate of 93% was the highest ever recorded in a World Cup game. Andrea Pirlo was pulling all the strings in midfield, helped out by a massive contribution by Daniele De Rossi. That is what Italy can do, knock the ball around, and it worked as England visibly tired in the last twenty minutes.

Italy haven’t managed to win their second game at a World Cup at the last three attempts (D2 L1). But Italy are favourites here and they have scored in their last 15 World Cup games, which the best streak of any side. You are going to be leaning towards Mario Balotelli at Even money in this one, but Ciro Immobile is up at the same price as well. They should get chances against the Costa Rica defence.

Only Mexico and the USA from the CONCACAF have managed to win consecutive matches at at World Cup, so Costa Rica could make bit of history for themselves here. They are a patchy side to read though, with W2 D2 L2 in their last six. That was a massive shock which they pulled off over Uruguay and there could be goals in this one, as they have scored in each of their six World Cup games against UEFA nations. Could be worth looking over 2.5 goals for this one and there is some value up for grabs in Both Teams To Score.

The fact that Italy are out at 6/4 to win to nil, suggests that there is a threat from Costa Rica. If England and Uruguay draw the day before, then whoever wins this game will be guaranteed a place in the knockout stage. So a big prize could be up for grabs at the Arena Pernambuco.

Italy v Costa Rica Odds

Italy 8/15, Draw 3/1, Costa Rica 5/1

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Italy v Costa Rica Betting Tips

Both Teams To Score looks a viable option at a price of even money

Mario Balotelli is good even money value in the anytime goalscorer market

Italy are favourites and are at 5/2 to win by a one goal margin

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