Italy v Uruguay Odds & Betting Tips – World Cup 2014 Betting
Italy v Uruguay Betting Preview – World Cup 2014
Well these two were duking it out ahead of the World Cup for favouritism to win the group. Going into the final round of matches, it is the pre-tournament outsiders Costa Rica who have shocked everyone by taking wins over both Uruguay and Italy to put themselves into the knockout round. Now these two have to scrap it out to join them. Italy only need a draw to progress, while Uruguay have to come out and take the win because of goal difference.
Italy, like Uruguay, fell at the hands of Costa Rica and now face a big fight to get out of the group. The Italians have only managed two wins in nine previous matches against Uruguay, drawing four and losing three of those. So the head to head certainly isn’t in their favour. The last time that the two came together was at the 2013 Confederations Cup, with Italy winning a penalty shoot out for third place.
However, Italy have only ever lost three of 19 World Cup matches against South American sides, none since 1978. How Cesare Prandelli’s men will respond to that defeat against Costa Rica, a match in which they just never really got going, will decide this. If they don’t pick up their creativity and tempo, then they are going to struggle. Mario Balotelli is at 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer market for Italy, with Ciro Immobile at 7/4. Italy couldn’t cope with the pace of Costa Rica, but they match up better against Uruguay who look a slower side.
Uruguay haven’t looked a world class side at all, it was simply breaks from them which caught out England in their 2-1 win over the Three Lions. Luis Suarez, with his brace against England has now scored five in seven World Cup appearances and he is trading as 7/5 favourite in the anytime goalscorer market. He is a massive threat, far more so than Edinson Cavani, who always looks to be on the fringe of things. Cavani has played a hand in three of Uruguay’s last five World Cup goals though. Uruguay have faced Italy twice before in the FIFA world Cup, failing to score in both.
However, neither defence looks really solid, both conceding in each of their matches so far. Of the two sides, it is Uruguay who are in better winning form, having posted a W4 D1 L1 record in their last six, where Italy have only managed a W1 D3 L2 record. That is why the bookmakers are having a really hard time in splitting these two. It should be a fantastically tense match, and it is still worth looking over 2.5 goals in it, as well as Both Teams To Score.
Italy v Uruguay Odds
With one of these going to make it through to the knockout stage, the fight that they have had could help them in their quest to win the World Cup. Back any nation in-play to win the 2014 World Cup at Bet365 and if your team is knocked out penalties, then you will get your lost stake refunded as a free bet!
Italy v Uruguay Betting Tips
Shoot for Both Teams To Score because of lack of defensive strength in both
Luis Suarez has five goals in seven World Cup appearances so back in the anytime goalscorer market
Uruguay may just have the telling factor of extra firepower to sneak the win at 7/4