Italy vs Costa Rica Group D Free World Cup Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 6/18/2014
2014 World Cup Free Picks: Italy vs. Costa Rica
12 p.m., Friday, June 20 – Arena Pernambuco, Recife (ESPN)
Match Betting Lines
Italy finds ways to play well in major tournaments. Well, unless you count the group stage exit in the 2010 World Cup. They are on the right track for atonement for that, however. A win over England late and Italia are now consensus favorites to win the group.
Not only did the Los Ticos beat Uruguay, but also they completely took the game to their opponents and handled them in the second half of that match. Maybe a bit too ambitious to expect another victory, so I am sure Costa Rica will settle for a point and the draw.
Italy will dominate the midfield with Andrea Pirlo and his brilliant maestro playmaking. Costa Rica should do well to counter attack if they can use their wings to widen the field.
Key Injuries, Suspensions, Yellow Cards
Gigi Buffon did not play between the posts against England, and his status is still questionable to suit up here for the Azzurri.
Italy looked really good against England, even better than perhaps I imagined they would play. I see this Italian outfit being good enough for another three points over Costa Rica. The underdogs will put up a valiant effort, however they aren’t consistent enough to beat another Top 10 team in the world in consecutive matches.
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