Italy The Favourites To Beat England

Published on June 11th, 2014 1:25 pm EST

England and Italy will be squaring off at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil in World Cup action on June 14th.

Group D includes the following teams:

Italy
England
Costa Rica
Uruguay

Italy and Uruguay are the two favourites to move on from the group, so England will be counting on turning in a big performance against Italy in order to strengthen their chances of advancing.

Let's take a look at the odds for this contest:

England, 3.00
Draw, 2.87
Italy, 2.60

So, according to these odds, a successful £100 wager on England would yield a total profit of £200, while a successful £100 bet on Italy would yield a total profit of £160.

There are a couple of headline offers for this match that involve the game's two marquee players:

Wayne Rooney to Score and England to Win, 7.00
Mario Balotelli to Score and Italy to Win, 5.50

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The bookmakers are expecting this to be a low scoring affair, as evidenced by these odds:

Under 2.5 Goals, 1.40
Over 2.5 Goals, 2.75

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The winner of this match (if there is a winner) will almost certainly be moving on to the knockout stage, so it carries a tremendous amount of importance for both sides.

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