2014 FIFA World Cup: Uruguay vs Costa Rica Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/14/14
World Cup: Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Brazil)
The Line: Uruguay -225 See the Latest Odds
Uruguay and Costa Rica kick off their World Cup tournament with a match on Saturday in Group D action.
Uruguay head into this tournament with perhaps as much hype as we have seen from this side in years and with the home continent factor on their side and one of the best players in the world on their roster it is easy to see why. Luis Suarez is the reigning Premier League Player of the Year and after the year he had for Liverpool he will certainly be relied upon heavily to handle the bulk of responsibility for his country even if he is playing through injury. Suarez is in good company though as they have Cavani up front who can score with the best of them and veteran Diego Forlan who has been the face of Uruguayan soccer for years. This side seems to play its best when playing in South America as is the case with the Brazilian and Argentine sides but there is something special about this team when playing on home soil and while they are still considered a bit of a longshot to win the World Cup I think they can definitely push through the group stage and knock out either England or Italy in the process. Uruguay know that this match will be their easiest by a long shot and while they would rather play Costa Rica later in the tournament this gives them a chance to get their feet wet before two tough matches against England and Italy.
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Costa Rica had a tough time qualifying but in an underwhelming CONCACAF region they were able to secure the fourth and final berth accompanying the United States, Mexico, and Honduras. However, much unlike their North American adversaries the Costa Rican side has little to no expectations coming into the tournament especially considering they’re in one of the toughest groups with three other world powers. Costa Rica does have some talent in the form of Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell but in a group stage that includes the likes of Suarez, Wayne Rooney, Mario Balotelli, Andrea Pirlo, and Frank Lampard it is easy to see that Costa Rica are the outsiders in this group and will be treated as such. They may luck out in some sense considering they catch Uruguay in their first game and neither team will have their legs immediately but as the game goes along I think we see which team has more talent and in the end I like Uruguay to make a statement and jog off with an easy victory with or without Luis Suarez.