Italy vs Costa Rica by Kamlesh
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Italy: Buffon (GK); Chiellini, Barzagli, Bonucci, Darmian, De Rossi, Motta, Pirlo, Marchisio, Candreva, Balotelli
Costa Rica defied the odds to beat Uruguay 3-1 in their opening match of the group stage in the World Cup. Uruguay started the game very offensively and took the lead in the first half. However, they underestimated their opponents who made a terrific comeback in the second half to win the game. Uruguay's tactics were much at fault as they were playing a high defensive line, leaving much space at the back which allowed Costa Rica to exploit it. Besides, Uruguay were lacking firepower offensively as their best striker Suarez was injured and did not play.
Costa Rica: Navas (GK); Gamboa, Duarte, Gonzalez, Umana, Diaz, Ruiz, Borges, Tejeda, Bolanos, Campbell
Italy like to dominate possession in their games and Costa Rica will defend deeply and they will not take too much risks while going forward as they would be happy to play for a draw. However, Italy possess much more creativity with playmaker Pirlo and De Rossi who controlled the game for Italy against England.
Costa Rica have never won successive World Cup matches and in my opinion, Italy will have too much quality for them to be able to handle. The surprise win of Costa Rica against Uruguay was much because of poor defending by the Uruguay players. Italians are very tactical and I don't think they will underestimate Costa Rica today. Italy have scored at least a goal in their last 15 World Cup games which highlights their attacking prowess. A win today will seal their qualification to the next round and motivation will be high. Italy are more experienced and organized and I think they will do enough to win today.
Italy Asian Handicap -1
|Italy AH -1||Pinnacle||2.06||10||0-1 LOST (-10 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.