Italy vs Costa Rica by 20legend
It will be an exciting match against Italy and Costa Rica which not very many people had thought before the WC, especially in this group with England, Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica. Italy did a good performance against a good England-side in their first match, where they got all three points after Balotelli headed Italy into victory.
Costa Rica did actually make a knockout on a very poor Uruguay as they were highly effective and clearly deserved all three points. They now have the lead of this group and they could have a chance of actually going through after Uruguay beat England yesterday. Costa Rica will have no easy task ahead of them with Italy and England to come, but it is still possible if they perform at the same level as against Uruguay.
I think that the best choice here is to go for goals. Italy is surely the favorites on paper, but Costa Rica can produce chances and create goal opportunities against every team they play. We have seen a lot of “both teams to score” games, were teams as Australia have made it difficult for Netherlands. The offensive approach of Italy with their stars, should give Costa Rica a possibility of scoring actually, as a more defending opponent like Greece would not be a great fit to Costa Rica. The fight for the 1st place will also be a point in this match, even if I think that Italy will make it in the end. I expect goals both ways, but I am picking the over 2.5 goals option.
|Over 2.5 goals||Bet365||1.95||8||0-1 LOST (-8 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.