World Cup Tips: Will Suarez Continue His Blitz?

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719px-WC-2014-Brasil.svgIt’s the final round of matches in Groups B and C with only two more spots available to make it through to the knockout stages.

The game of the day is Italy v Uruguay while England play Costa Rica. It’s Greece v Ivory coast later and Japan v Columbia.

 Italy v Uruguay 5pm

It feels like the knockout stages have come early as these two face off to gain a place in the next round. Due to Italy’s superior goal difference, all they need is a draw, while Uruguay must win.

This is such a hard one to call, with Luis Suarez’s blistering form it’s hard to look past the South Americans, but Italy have been here so many times before, you’re not going to find many nations more equipped for this type of pressure and situation than the Azzurri.

It would be easy to say that Italy will try to force a draw, but sitting back with an in-form Suarez is not the best idea. One chance is all he will need. Both sides defences have not looked great so I think there will be goals.

Uruguay will come flying out of the traps, betting is very tight on this one you can get 2/1 from Boylesports for Edison Cavani to score anytime.

Costa Rica v England 5pm

England have already packed their bags, but they will want to end on a high note, given the barrage of criticism that has been heaped at their door over the last few days.

Barring a comfortable win by either Italy or Uruguay, Costa Rica will top the group, so no doubt they’ll rest a nice chunk of their starting 11 in anticipation for the next round where they will most likely face the Ivory Coast.

England are hot favorites for this but William Hill are offering 3/1 for a Costa Rican victory. Think of all the money you could have won off them already.

TT ad Apr-JunGreece v Ivory Coast

The Ivory Coast are the favorites to come out of this group along with Columbia. In flashes they have shown to be quiet devastating, especially against Columbia when they almost made an incredible come back.

Greece have still yet to get on the scoresheet and surprise, surprise were involved in one of the borefest’s of the tournament when they faced Japan in Natal.

The Ivory Coast are a side littered with stars, but one man has shone more than others, former Arsenal man Gervinho. The much maligned forward had a revival at Roma last season and has carried that form into the World Cup scoring in both games so far.

You can get him at 7/1  first goalscorer from Paddy Power and 2/1 from Betfred to score anytime.

Japan v Columbia

Japan need to win this if they are to stand any chance of qualifying. If Ivory Coast win they are out and need a swing of a couple of goals if Ivory Coast draw. It goes without saying this could be a tricky task.

Columbia have already qualified and have a +4 goal difference so only a loss and a 5-0 trouncing of Greece by the Ivory Coast will see them come second, which is unlikely, so Columbia should rest quite a few of their starting 11 that will face Costa Rica in the next round.

With so many Colombian players likely to be rested it’s hard know which way this will go. Japan have only scored one goal in their last three World Cup games. Ladbrokes are offering 9/1 on a 2-1 Colombian victory.

Luis Suarez nabs his second and the winner against England on his first game back from injury.







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  1. King Dumb says:

    Am I missing something here, are Tralee playing in this tournamaent ?