Italy is the $2.75 favourite for Group D and the four-time winner appear the most likely to go through from this group. Uruguay $2.88 made the semis in the 2014 World Cup and qualified via a play-off after missing out on the top four of the South American qualifying section.
England is next in betting at $3.10 and have the capabilities to produce anything, while Costa Rica is at big odds of 34.00 to win this group.
2014 World Cup – Group D odds
$34.00 Costa Rica
Odds subject to change and were correct at 9th April 2014.
We fancy Italy & England to get through to the next round.
2014 World Cup Group D Teams & Fixtures
Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto
Gun player: Bryan Ruiz
Best World Cup result: Last 16 1990
The Costa Ricans missed out on qualification four years ago courtesy of Uruguay and will be tackling their fourth World Cup this time around. Costa Rica will be relying heavily on attacker Bryan Ruiz up front and they will be looking to get through to the next stage, although it’s going to be a touch ask for this nation to get through to the next round.
Coach: Roy Hodgson
Gun player: Wayne Rooney
Best World Cup result: Winners 1966
England fans are always optimistic about their side on the world stage but they have been perennial under achievers on the biggest stage of all since winning the World Cup on home soil back in 1966. They finished on top of their group without losing a game and were one of the best scoring teams during qualification. As usual they will be thereabouts in the early stages, but as history shows, they are likely to go missing when it matters most.
Coach: Cesare Prandelli
Gun player: Mario Balotelli
Best World Cup result: Winners 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006
Italy won the Cup eight years ago and more recently reached the 2012 Euro final. The Italians are a strong defensive unit with plenty of attacking options and they will be aiming to spoil host Brazil’s party by claiming a fifth World Cup success to equal the record of the host nation.
Coach: Oscar Washington Tabarez
Gun player: Edinson Cavani
Best World Cup result: Winners 1930, 1950
Uruguay were semi finalists four years ago but the Copa America holders had a tough time of it during the qualification stages, getting through after a play-off against Jordan.The Uruguayans possess quality players in Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez and have the attacking prowess to trouble any side. They defeated Brazil to win the 1950 World Cup and will be a tough team to stop in the group stage.
Group D draw – 2014 World Cup
|7||Sun 15 Jun||D||Uruguay||vs||Costa Rica||5am||Fortaleza||Bet now|
|8||Sun 15 Jun||D||England||vs||Italy||8am||Manaus||Bet now|
|23||Fri 20 Jun||D||Uruguay||vs||England||5am||Sao Paulo||Bet now|
|24||Sat 21 Jun||D||Italy||vs||Costa Rica||2am||Recife||Bet now|
|39||Wed 25 Jun||D||Italy||vs||Uruguay||2am||Natal||Bet now|
|40||Wed 25 Jun||D||Costa Rica||vs||England||2am||Belo Horizonte||Bet now|
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