2014 FIFA World Cup: Italy vs Costa Rica Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/20/14
Italy (1-0) vs. Costa Rica (1-0)
World Cup: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Brazil)
The Line: Italy -188 See the Latest Odds
Italy and Costa Rica match up in Brazil on Friday with each team looking for their second win in as many tries after opening the tournament victorious.
Italy heads into Friday’s contest with Costa Rica full of confidence after upending their rivals from England in their tournament opener in what was a tightly fought contest between two of the world’s top sides. The Italians scored first before conceding just minutes late but a second half tally from Mario Balotelli was the difference as Italy held on for a 2-1 victory and more importantly gave them three points in the standings. There is no denying that this Italian side is a world force and a threat to win this tournament as they’re the reigning Euro runners up and have world class talent and while they may be prone to a let down here after a special win against England I don’t think they will fall into that trap. The Italians were a little sluggish in the counter attack which they will have to tighten up on against a Costa Rica team playing with nothing to lose but Italy has the horses to compete with anyone and I think they come out flying in this one.
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Costa Rica pulled off perhaps the biggest shocker of the tournament thus far as they hammered pre-tournament favourite Uruguay by a 3-1 final that could have been much worse. The CONCACAF qualifiers don’t get enough respect as they share third and fourth fiddle to the likes of the USA, Mexico, and Honduras but this Costa Rican side was impressive during qualifying and it shouldn’t be too much of a shock to see them playing well on the big stage. Costa Rica played very well in their tournament opener and can advance to the knockout stage with a win against Italy here but they know that is a pretty tall order and that the Italians will be looking to secure their berth as well before having the opportunity to possibly rest some players against Uruguay. The line on this one is moving as money pours is on Costa Rica but the money line value is still quite high on Italy so I will suggest an in-game parlay taking the Italians to win plus the over in the game.