World Cup 2014 Group D Predictions

15th April 2014 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
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Can England get out of Group D at the 2014 World Cup? Group D, the Group of Death? Well, it is certainly a tough call for Roy Hodgson’s men but there is a chance that they could get something on the board here and make it through to the knock-out stage. It would be great to see England flying the flag in the last sixteen, but as pragmatic bettors, there has to be a need to curb in patriotism and look at the bigger picture of what is likely to happen in Group D.

England face off against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica. It’s tough, but not insurmountable.

England v Italy is the big match on Saturday, June 14th when the two Europeans clash. In such a competitive group, neither is going to want to lose this one, because the cost could be too great. Roy Hodgson has said that England are going to go out and try win games and be brave, but still, that’s not taking too much into what the opposition will be doing on the pitch. Italy are technically better than England and will keep the ball better and stroke it around. But England perhaps have a bit more variety in pushing forward and with speed. They may just be too evenly matched here though in their different strengths and can see it ending in a draw. While that is going on, Uruguay will have probably beaten Costa Rica.

It is then onto what should be England’s toughest game defensively as they take on Uruguay on June 19th. The South Americans have fantastic attacking options, but they aren’t that good at the back at all. This is actually more of a winnable game for England than their match against Italy is going to be. England will probably get more chances against Uruguay, who are a shadow of who they were four years ago, but then you do worry about England’s defence in dealing with the likes of Edinson Cavani and of course Luis Suarez. But as 2/1 shots to win the game, England could be good value here as the Uruguayans can be gotten as, as they showed during qualification, through which they struggled.

England will then round out their campaign against rank outsiders Costa Rica (1/7 to finish bottom), while their fate of their qualification could be resting in the hands of the Italy v Uruguay match which is going on. Simply put, England are not out of the qualification picture here, not if Hodgson takes the right, positive approach to this. It is a group which really should go down to the wire, keeping those World Cup 2014 Group D Predictions on tenterhooks, and Group D should be packed with drama and entertainment all the way. You don’t see anyone really dominating it.

World Cup 2014 Group D Predictions
Italy do look to be the best side in the group and you can picture them having the goods to top it off, leaving a battle between England and Uruguay for second spot. England have a chance at this and could just be worth a flutter at a price of 4/6 to qualify looks some pretty good value, alongside Italy winning the group at 7/4.

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