World Cup Group D Betting


Uruguay

Odds: 30.00

Qualifying form: They finished fifth in the South American qualifying group, a disappointing finish given their star quality. That meant a play-off match against Jordan, but it was hardly a contest.

Previous best: Winners in 1930 and 1950.

Key man: Luis Suarez

Suarez’s last action in a World Cup was a diving save that led not only to his dismissal, but a penalty that Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan missed. In the years that have followed, Suarez has been no less controversial, but he does remain an inspirational player on the pitch. His partnership with Edinson Cavani is lethal and his ability to single-handedly win games makes him one of the players to watch in the tournament.

Potential wildcard: Abel Hernandez

In a team swimming in established attacking talent, this youngster has still come to the fore with seven international goals in 11 appearances. It's kind of ominous to consider that should Cavanni, Suarez and Forlan fail to find the net, there's this guy waiting in the wings.   

If they were a musical act they’d be…

Charlie Chaplin: Some early success but silent ever since. 



Costa Rica

Odds: 750.00

Qualifying form: Decent. Finish just four points adrift of group winners USA.

Previous best: Last 16 in 1990.

Key man: Bryan Ruiz - The star man of this Costa RIca side, the Fulham man will be tasked with scoring the goals that takes Costa Rica through. No pressure then!

Wildcard: Christian Bolanos - The FC Copenhagen man has Champions League experience and is a danger on the wings for the Costa Ricans.

If they were a musical act they’d be…

The Commodores - Destined to be once, twice, three times a loser.




England

Odds: 25.00

Qualifying form: Booked their ticket to Brazil by winning their UEFA qualifying group ahead of Ukraine, a campaign in which they were unbeaten. 

Previous best: Winners on home soil back in 1966. 

Key man: Wayne Rooney  

The in-form Manchester United man is yet to produce the goods for England on the biggest international stage of all. Brazil 2014 could be a career-defining tournament for him. 

Potential wildcard: Andros Townsend

This Tottenham winger is new to the international reckoning, but became an instant star as England sewed up qualification against Poland and Montenegro in October. His pace and guile could prove to be a secret weapon in Brazil.

If they were a musical act they'd be...

Engelburt Humperdink - they were briefly succesful in the 1960s but have been nothing but a disappointment ever since. 




Italy

Odds: 15.00

Qualifying form: Unbeaten. Did enough to qualify from a tricky group that contained Denmark and Czech Republic, but not as ruthless as some others. Are they saving their best for Brazil?

Previous best: Winners 1934, 1938, 1982 & 2006

Key man: Andrea Pirlo – At 34, this is all but certainly the maestro’s last World Cup. Part of the 2006-winning side, Pirlo remains the star attraction of an Italy side more than capable of making it five World Cups.

Wildcard: Mario Balotelli – The wildest of all the wildcards. This Italian stallion can be brilliant and awful, often in the same game. If his head is in the right place, a potential match winner.

If they were a musical act they’d be…

Cliff Richard - Capable of coming up with a big hit every decade.




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