Uruguay vs Italy 06/24/2014 Free FIFA World Cup Group D Pick and Preview
Italy vs Uruguay
Tuesday 24th June 2014 17:00 (GMT)
The Line: Uruguay 7/4 Draw 9/4 Italy 7/4 See the Latest Odds
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First game of the tournament Uruguay lost to Costa Rica but they were missing star man Luis Suarez, in the second game of the tournament however Suarez announced himself on the tournament scoring twice and breaking English hearts. Uruguay must win to go through to the next stage so Cavani and Suarez are going to be the keys to unlocking a very tough Italian defence. Uruguay looked awful against Costa Rica and were very lucky to beat England in a game that was devoid of quality one which England dominated for long periods only for two moments of magic from Suarez to steal the game. Can Uruguay get their World Cup back on track when they face Italy on Tuesday?
The Italians were brilliant against England in the first game of the tournament, however the Italians really struggled against the surprise package Costa Rica. With a team that has a nice blend of experience and youth everything still moves through the seemingly ageless Pirlo in midfield. With Balotelli and Immobile going to be the key men up front. Pirlo whie majestic at times does not get alot of tackles made in midfield, with Verrati and De Rossi both playing to counteract that. Prandelli the Italian coach has allowed the team to play a more attacking style but tomorrow night could well be about defending as a draw gets the Italians through.
This game should be a really tense encounter, it will be hard fought and there is no doubt that both team will leave everything on the field. Personally I dont think Suarez is fully fit and that just persuades me to side with the Italians in this battle. But given that a draw gets the Italians through I am not willing to go all in on the win. I am going to take both teams to score. I have a feeling this could be a 1-1 draw but it should be a great game to watch . Follow me on twitter@antonpippo