2014 World Cup Betting: England vs. Italy Picks & Odds

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 12:29 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jun. 10, 2014 12:29 PM UTC

Group D action begins on Saturday, with one of the most anticipated matches of the group stages on the agenda in the evening. England will play Italy, and the sports betting odds suggest little will separate these two soccer-crazy countries when everything's said, and done.
<p style="text-align:center"> <style type="text/css"><!-- td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;font-weight:bold;color:#000000;text-align:left"><iframe width="560" height="330" src="/video/embed/?videoId=20530" frameborder="0"></iframe></span></p> <p><b>Odds Overview<br /></b>If you look over the different soccer betting sites, you'll see varying lines, but Italy is the favorite at most everywhere. There's not much in it all though, with the Italians at roughly +175 and England available for action at close to +200. A draw is also quoted at +200.</p> [/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":252026, "sportsbooksIds":[43], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/] <p><b>England<br /></b><img src="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks-pictures/Phil-Jagielka-002.jpg" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" /><span style="font-size:1em">After going undefeated in three warm-up friendlies, fans of the England team may be <a target="_blank" title="Who should be feeling good according to the World Cup Betting Odds?" href="/picks/more-sports/world-cup-betting-odds-shift-offering-new-betting-value/39704/">feeling good about World Cup</a>, but let's not get too carried away. </span><span style="font-size:1em">The English did easily top Peru (3-0) at home to kick their preparations off, but they struggled once they made it to Miami. They drew 2-2 to Ecuador, and then tied 0-0 against Honduras three days later. </span><span style="font-size:1em">Coming into the World Cup, it's an interesting position that England takes up. </span><span style="font-size:1em">Expectations have been dramatically lowered after recent failures at these major tournaments, so it could be said that the English are actually a little under-rated. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">There's no shortage of talent, that's for sure. Joe Hart will be in goal, with Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka getting called upon to man the heart of the defense. Steven Gerrard will be the captain, and will add at least a few more caps to his impressive tally of 111. Frank Lampard (105 caps) and Wayne Rooney (92) also provide a wealth of experience to the squad. </span><span style="font-size:1em">We're most intrigued by the younger talent, however. Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and even Luke Shaw in the back will have their chances to prove their worth at the biggest stage. Who will make the biggest impact?</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size:1em"> </span><b style="font-size:1em">Italy<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">The Italians didn't exactly have the best of preparation for the World Cup. They played in two friendlies, and were unable to get a win in either. </span><span style="font-size:1em">First, Italy had to settle for a 0-0 draw in what was an entertaining match against Ireland at Craven Cottage. The following week, the Italians again finished at a 1-1 deadlock, this time <a target="_blank" title="Italy draws with Luxemburg as a -5000 favorite" href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/players-talk/2894929-italy-draws-luxemburg-5000-favorite.html?slf=41">at home to Luxembourg</a>. Claudio Marchisio scored the goal for the hosts. </span><span style="font-size:1em">Surely Cesare Prandelli would have liked to see more out of his squad as they head into <a target="_blank" title="Is Costa Rica the main threat in Group D?" href="/picks/more-sports/world-cup-picks-value-bets-group-d/39879/">an incredibly tough Group D</a>, but at least the manager was able to find out some weaknesses, and try and address them in camp. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Prandelli still has a heck of a squad at his disposal, and the team's vast experience should hold them in good stead. Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is the captain, and has made 140 caps for the international team in his career, while Andrea Pirlo has made 109 appearances for his country. </span><span style="font-size:1em">Add in the likes of Mario Balotelli, Daniele De Rossi, Antonio Cassano, Giorgio Chiellini, and Andrea Barzagli among others, and you'll see why Italy should still never be taken lightly. It would be a huge surprise if they didn't do enough to advance out of the group stages.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size:1em"> </span><b style="font-size:1em">World Cup Pick<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">We really can't wait for this showdown. Italy and England may not be the top-tier favorites in this tournament, but they're still big-name countries who could make a splash. </span><span style="font-size:1em">The <a target="_blank" title="Would you like another perspective on the England vs. Italy odds?" href="/picks/more-sports/world-cup-betting-england-vs-italy/39383/">first group stage match</a> is incredibly important for all those involved, and that could lead to some rather conservative tactics. Neither side will want to start their campaign off without a point, so we don't foresee a lot of risks being taken. </span><span style="font-size:1em">With that said, we're predicting a draw with <a target="_blank" title="For in-depth World Cup analysis, reports and predictions, click here!" href="/picks/more-sports/">our soccer picks</a> for this Group D opener. Enjoy the match!</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Free Soccer Pick</b><span style="font-size:1em">: England 1 Italy 1</span></p>
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