Betting Tips For Italy v Costa Rica

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  • Italy will be expecting to book their place in the last 16 of the World Cup when they take on Costa Rica in Recife on June 20th, get betting tips for the Group D clash which is live from 5.00pm on BBC1.

    Costa Rica may have turned a few heads with a surprise 3-1 win in their opening match, but Uruguay were as bad as they were good and another upset looks unlikely. Italy's good balance of attack and defence makes them a cohesive unit and it's no surprise to see them at odds-on to win this match. Taking Betvictor's best odds of 7/5 on Italy/Italy in the Half-Time/Full-Time market is one way of getting some extra value out of the occasion as Cesare Prandelli will be looking for his side to seize the initiative and take control of the game.

    Ticos profited from some calamitous defending when they shocked Uruguay, but they won't have it as easy in Recife as the Azzuri are much tighter at the back as well as possessing the attacking talent to get among the goals. A Correct Score bet of 4-0 might seem like quite a punt, but Coral's stand out best odds of 25/1 mean it rates as a value bet with other bookies being a lot more cautious and quoting prices as short as 16/1.

    Mario Balotelli scored the winning goal in Italy's 2-1 win over England and rates as the leading contender to net first against Costa Rica. The enigmatic striker can be backed at best odds 4/1 with Winner and Bet365 in the First Goalscorer market, with the latter firm offering 1/3 odds and unlimited each-way places.

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