England vs Italy by Goleador
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England - Italy
After so many previews before me there is not much to write about these two teams. For both will be a deciding game in this group stage, as Uruguay is another strong opponent and has home advantage in South America.
England with many younger players like Sturridge, Henderson, Welbeck but especially Sterling and Chamberlain. In the preparation game they didn´t always show their best, but coach Hodgsen tried different line ups to know all opportunities he has got. For me England is stronger than in the last years and tournaments, although they have many young players their talent is great, and if they not advance to the next round this time, I have hope for this team the next time.
Italy with more experienced players and maybe the better weather conditions in their country to prepare for this heat in Brazil. Although a very important players is missing with Montolivo who injured before the WC in a friendly the team for me is strong. In the test games Italy was bad, but it´s always the same. When the tournament starts the are there (JerryDrake also explained this in his long term analysis about Italy and its history). A big change, when coach Prandelli came to the national team was the change to an offensive playing style and this is also a reason for my pick.
The line is very low with Asian 2 goals, also because of the weather, but as the first game of the WC with many goals I expect this another time here.
MY PICK: OVER 2 (ASIAN) (Ladbrokes)
|Over 2 (Asian)||Pinnacle||1.97||8||1-2 WON (+7.76 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.