Italy can build on their opening game win over Mexico with victory over Japan, who are fighting to stay in the tournament after just one game.
Like Brazil, Italy opened with a convincing win, which will be remembered for that delightful Andrea Pirlo free-kick on his 100th appearance for his country.
Expect more of the same from the Italians, who put on a classy show that night and, under Cesare Prandelli, are organised and tough to break down.
Japan boast several bright attacking players, mainly in the shape of Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda. But this promises to be another night of Italian excellence.
Mario Balotelli showed no signs of the hamstring injury that threatened to keep him out against Mexico, and produced a dominant performance as he led the line for Italy. Is Mario finally maturing? It’s too soon to say, but since his January move to Milan, he’s been in some of the best form of his career. Balotelli is 4.20 to open the scoring tonight and still a generous 17.00 to top the scoring charts at the end of the tournament.
Kagawa threatened a few times for Japan and they are 2.05 to score at some point, but this game looks to be Italy’s to lose. And in the form the Azzurri are showing, it doesn’t look like they will.
Best bet: Italy to win by two goals or less at 2.35