After deliriously stunning Italy 1-0 in Group D, Costa Rica marked their second straight win, which puts them in the driver's seat and, simultaneously, dumps England unceremoniously out of the finals. Group D’s odds have gone tits up, to say the least. How far can Los Ticos go? Will Uruguay or Italy join them in the R16?
<p><b>Costa Rica’s Cinderella run<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em"><img src="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks-pictures/477582C5-0557-4EE9-8011-D2B6DA2F73C9_mw1024_s_n.jpg" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" style="font-size:1em" />Just about each and every World Cup serves up a surprise package: an inspired team from an unheralded nation that charts its way deep into the tournament against all the odds, on a run that is commonly known as the Cinderella run. Has this World Cup finals found its Cinderella?</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Arguably, Costa Rica has put forward a very, very good rendition of the fairytale already. Two matches into Group D – a section that contains three former World Cup champions in Italy, Uruguay and England – and Costa Rica is perched pretty atop the table, six points to the good following <a target="_blank" title="A stunning and unexpected win!" href="/picks/more-sports/2014-world-cup-betting-uruguay-vs-costa-rica-picks-odds/40103/">a 3-1 win over Uruguay</a> and <a target="_blank" title="and another one! even more surprising!" href="/picks/more-sports/2014-world-cup-picks-italy-vs-costa-rica/40218/">1-0 over Italy</a>. What’s more, with just one lap left in group play, Costa Rica are safely through to R16. Yup, that’s right! They are on to the knockouts!</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Of course, it remains to be seen whether they’ll finish top of the table or in second place, as it will determine the rest of their course through the finals. For now, regardless of where they finish in Group D, their run has to be heralded as one of the Cinderella stories of the finals, if not THE Cinderella story. A feel good story, one that will surely touch all football fans around the world, and inspire all those nations awarded (fairly or not) the epithet ‘underdogs’ in any competition, including this World Cup final.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">That Costa Rica have managed to survive the so-called <a href="/picks/more-sports/world-cup-2014-group-d-future-betting-odds/36423/" title="We've gone a long way since these Group D Future Betting Odds were written" target="_blank">‘Group of Death’</a> draw – though deemed ill-fated for all those involved, had Costa Rica almost exclusively on the receiving end of doomsday prophecies, as nobody figured they’d even factor – has forced one of the biggest moves in the 2014 World Cup betting markets to date. </span><span style="font-size:1em"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/soccer-betting/2907449-costa-rica-finish-bottom-he-group.html" title="Costa Rica expected to finish last in Group D" target="_blank">Costa Rica’s odds have been slashed</a> from a whopping +50000 (ahead of the kickoff with Italy) down to...</span><i style="font-size:1em">drum roll</i><span style="font-size:1em">... +5000 to win outright following the win over Italy. They are now hobnobbing with the likes of Uruguay +4000, Portugal +5000...and so forth.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em">How far can the Costa Ricans go?<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Now that Costa Rica’s future odds have been adjusted to reflect their course into the R16: <a target="_blank" title="Let's try to answer this together in the SBR Forums" href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/soccer-betting/">what does it mean in the broad spectrum of the competition?</a> It’s a long way to the final, a lot of football yet to be played and without the remaining R16 spots decided, it would be rash to make grandiose statements. But they are champions already, make no mistake. They are the people’s champions,</span><span style="font-size:1em"> heroes at home, darlings around the world, winning hearts and fans with their honest brand of football that puts an emphasis on the team as a whole rather than the sum of its individual parts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">That said, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/soccer-betting/2894139-group-stage-qualify-acca.html" title="Costa Rica was at 8/1 odds to advance out of Group D" target="_blank">if Costa Rica win Group D</a>, they‘d take on the runner-up in Group C, which could be Colombia, Ivory Coast, Greece or Japan. If they finish runner-up in Group D, they’d take on the winner of Group C, which could only be Colombia or Ivory Coast. In any of these scenarios, Costa Rica would have to fancy their chances after what they’ve already accomplished. This means betting on Costa Rica to reach AT LEAST the quarterfinals is a savvy World Cup Pick. </span><b style="font-size:1em"></b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">To take it a step further, it’s not entirely unlikely to assume they would reach the semis, as well. It’s a bit of a stretch, but everything depends on which nations will emerge out of Group’s A and B – as the winners and runners-up of those will duke it out in the R16 in order to serve up a corresponding quarterfinal opponent in the appropriate section of the draw.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">At the moment, the Group B contenders are known, however their order isn’t: <a href="/picks/more-sports/2014-world-cup-betting-netherlands-vs-chile-picks-odds/40275/" title="Here is our free pick for Netherlands vs. Chile" target="_blank">Netherlands and Chile</a>. Group A contenders look to be Brazil and Mexico (in that order), but <a href="/picks/more-sports/group-odds-brazil-crash-out-before-party-kicks-off/40257/" title="Group A Odds: Brazil to Crash Out Before Party Kicks Off" target="_blank">Group A could experience an upheaval</a> in the last lap with Croatia crashing the party. Any of these match-ups present a much bigger ask, especially when considering the semis would be on the line. But this is the beautiful game of football: unpredictable, random... Watch this space...</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em">A short word on England:<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Another World Cup; another disappointing run for England. It happens. Even to the best of them. England still have a clash with Costa Rica to look forward to in the last lap of Group D, so at least they’ll have a chance to make their mark on Group D. Or, maybe not. If neither Italy or Uruguay could beat the plucky Costa Ricans...</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em">Uruguay or Italy to join Costa Rica<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Well, for a full match preview, tune into <a target="_blank" title="The most accurate free picks in the industry" href="/picks/more-sports/">our soccer free picks section</a>. For now, suffice it to say, both nations are credible opponents and tempting prospects to advance. If we were to take a page from group betting markets, it would seem Italy are expected to join Costa Rica. To win Group D, odds makers have Costa Rica matched at -900, Italy at +800 and Uruguay at +1400. Group Qualification betting markets also favour Italy at -225 while matching Uruguay at +175.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Our inclination, though, is to back Uruguay at +175 to simply advance with Costa Rica. On the merit of their win over England, which featured a Luis Suarez inspired attack, Uruguay looked the part of top favourites to win the competition proper. Indeed, the Italy-Uruguay affair is tipped on a tight World Cup betting line, tighter than an accountant’s purse with Italy listed at +160 and Uruguay listed at +170</span><b style="font-size:1em">.</b></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">World Cup Picks: </b><span style="font-size:1em">Costa Rica and Uruguay to advance into R16</span></p>