World Cup 2014 tips on how England can qualify from Group D at the 2014 World Cup at the expense of Costa Rica and Italy or Uruguay.
England have been handed a tough assignment at the World Cup in Brazil and we take a look at whether England will qualify from Group D and the way they can do it.
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It is accepted by everybody that Costa Rica will be the makeweight in the group and England will need to ensure they comfortably beat them in their final match, the two clashes against Italy and Uruguay prior to the meeting with Costa Rica will be pivotal and England manager Roy Hodgson should be looking for four points from those two matches.
England vs Italy is the opening chance for the Three Lions to pick up points and Hodgson will have to be braver than when playing out a 0-0 draw at Euro 2012. His attacking options of Sturridge, Rooney, Sterling, Barkley, Oxlaide-Chamberlain and Lallana should be enough encouragement to attack an ageing Italian side.
Buffon is 36, Barzagli 32, Maggio 32 and Andrea Pirlo is 34 so the deep lying players for Italy are not getting any younger and England’s pace in attacking areas should trouble the 2006 World Champions. Mario Balotelli will be the big threat up front and a draw could be the most obvious choice when looking for an England v Italy betting tip at the World Cup, but don’t be surprised if England start off with a win.
Uruguay are up next for England and on paper Cavani and Suarez look sure to tear the likes of Jagielka and Cahill to shreds, however there is not much else to shout about in the Uruguay squad and they often miss a link between the two world class forwards and the midfield. This problem caused them to struggle outside of Uruguay in World Cup qualification and they needed a play-off win against Jordan to book their place at the 2014 World Cup. England’s front line can hurt an unstable defence and there was not much encouragement for the South American’s when they were dumped out of the 2012 Olympics (Cavani and Suarez played but didn’t get a kick!).
A lot of people jumped on the odds of 6/4 that England would not qualify from Group D but there are plenty of positives to take from Roy Hodgson’s England squad selection for the World Cup and for that reason the best England World Cup 2014 betting prediction is for them to qualify from the group at 4/6. We recommend adding this bet to a World Cup accumulator for the group stages and even consider a bet on England winning Group D at odds of 23/10 with Ladbrokes.
England to qualify from Group D: bet here at 4/6 with William Hill.
England to win Group D: bet here at 23/10 with Ladbrokes.
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