England get their World Cup 2014 campaign underway with a tough game against Group D favourites Italy in the Amazonian venue of Manaus. Former England and Arsenal winger Ray Parlour will be watching in Brazil, you can read the Romford Pele's thoughts in his World Cup preview.
There is little to pick between the sides in the match odds betting and plenty of loyal England supporters will be happy to back the Three Lions after they beat Azzuri 2-1 in a friendly last time the sides met. However, the hot and humid conditions will sap the energy out of both teams and we could be in for a similar kind of game to the most recent competitive meeting between the sides in the 2012 European Championship quarter-finals.
The game ended level that day and a draw would seem a savvy bet on this occasion with neither side wanting to over-exert themselves in the opening game, while a 0-0 Correct Score bet will significantly boost potential returns. If England are to find the net, then Daniel Sturridge could well be the scorer and he makes the most appeal in the goalscorer markets, while Mario Balotelli looks the best bet to get on the scoresheet for Italy with the added bonus of being on spot-kicks. Placing your bets with a firm which offers bore-draw insurance on losing bets is also recommended for this match.
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