England vs Italy goalscorer predictions and betting tips for the World Cup opening match on Saturday 14th June 2014, kicking-off at 8pm.
England’s 2014 World Cup campaign gets underway against Italy on June 14th and we have World Cup betting tips for the match where we have picked three players who could be the first goalscorer.
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The match up looks to be a mouthwatering tie between tie between two European giants. The England squad looks to be blessed with pace, power and talent most of who are very young and have little experience of playing in international tournaments.
On the other hand, the Italian squad is full of experience, players who have competed consistently at international tournaments and done considerably well. The most recent tie between these two teams was at the Euro 2012 quarter final when we experienced the genius of the godfather of football Andrea Pirlo’s penalty against Joe Hart which received praise from pundits world over.
The godfather could be the player most likely to open the deadlock. Both teams are likely to set up well defensively because of fear not to concede first. A set piece will likely be Pirlo’s opportunity to put pressure on England to come out and attack putting them at risk to concede goals which will play into Italy’s hands because of their ability to counter-attack at will. The challenge for England would be not to concede any unnecessary free kicks near their goal, if this happens, they can only hope and pray that Joe Hart can save them from the dead ball specialist.
Not placing Wayne Rooney as a one of the favourites to be the first name on the score sheet for our World Cup tips would be unthinkable. The England man is England’s goal threat with 38 goals in 89 appearances. Rooney definitely knows how to get crucial goals at crucial moments. Assessing the England team, it is difficult to predict the system England may employ to get a result against Italy. However, England have very dangerous wide players going to the World Cup who will look to take on players and get crosses into the box for strikers to get at the end of them and there is no better player with the movement and desire to get on the end of crosses and get them at the back of the net than Rooney himself. Wayne Rooney is definitely favourite in the 2014 World Cup betting odds to put England ahead in their World Cup tie against Italy.
Many consider Barkley as the future of England. Ross Barkley is the epitomisation of the change of culture in relation to player development that the Football Association has so willingly strived to achieve in recent years. His pace, ability to go past players and his goal scoring prowess makes him a serious threat against an Italian side that find it difficult to deal with players with these qualities. He has been in remarkable form for Everton this season is a certainty to be a star at the World Cup in Brazil. The further into the game without a goal, the more likely Hodgson is to bring Barkley on to produce something special to earn a 1-nil win.
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