Italy vs Costa Rica 06/20/2014 Free FIFA World Cup Soccer Group D Pick and Preview
Costa Rica vs Italy
Friday 20th June 2014 17:00(GMT)
The Line: Italy 8/15 Draw 16/5 Costa Rica 6/1 See the Latest Odds
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Not many are tipping Italy to win the World Cup and I am not saying they are my favourite pick but I can say that I was impressed with the Italians performance against England. Balotelli and Pirlo seem to be on the same page along with a strong defence these Italians will be tough to beat. De Rossi and Pirlo get on alot of ball and Italy are so comfortable in possession that it never seems rushed or hurried, the Italians will look to dominate posession here against Costa Rica but with their opponents great result against Uruguay I dont think anyone will be writing off the underdogs, especially not Italy and Cesar Pradelli.
Costa Rica pulled off the shock of the World Cup so far when beating Uruguay 3-1 in the opening set of fix of fixtures. Joel Campbell the young Arsenal forward was simply terrific first time out but that was against a poor uruguay defence. Friday's game will be a different game entirely for Campbell and for Costa Rica in general. Costa Rica played a counter attacking game against Uruguay and as soon as they managed to get level there only looked like one winner. Playing with pace on the wings the Costa Rican's may be a great bet to win the corner match bet.
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Likely here is that Italy score early and dominate possession but the majority of their posession will probably in the middle third. Costa Rica won the corner's match bet against uruguay 6-5 and the current corner bet is Costa Rica +2 on the corner match bet. I am going to take Costa Rica +2 in the corners match up. Expect Italy to score a couple in the first half and sit back allowing Costa Rica to rack up the corners over the 90 minutes. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo