2014 Football World Cup. Italy vs Costa Rica. Preview & Free Tips. 20/06/2014.

World Cup 2014 Tips

Italy meet Costa Rica today at the 2014 World Cup, at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife.

Form

The two sides have met once before, with Italy taking out a 1-0 victory.

Italy defeated England 2-1 in the first round of the World Cup.

Costa Rica accounted for Uruguay 3-1 in their opening round match.

Injuries & Suspensions

Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon missed the England game with a sprained ankle and may not feature again in the tournament.

Prediction & Tip

Italy were able to defeat England 2-1 in the first round where feisty striker Mario Balotelli headed home the winner. Costa Rica are a much improved side and came from behind to defeat Uruguay, who were without star striker Luis Suarez on that day. Italy’s pedigree should see them through here though, and we expect Costa Rica’s defence to face some stern pressure. The 17/2 that Ladbrokes are offering for a 2-1 result would make a nice pay day for us.

Italy defeat Costa Rica 2-1