Having beaten England in their opener, Italy would have expected to have qualified by now given that they faced Costa Rica in their second match but things didn’t go according to plan, Los Ticos edged out a disappointing Azzurri and now Cesare Prandelli’s men take on Uruguay to see who will reach the last 16.
La Celeste also lost to the Costa Ricans and defeated England but an inferior goal difference means they need all three points against Italy to get to the knockout stage so it’s the latter that are odds-on at 1/2 via Ladbrokes to progress.
A stalemate, which would send the Azzurri through, is 23/10 at bet365 and that will attract cash as bookies struggle separate the two sides.
The magnitude of the occasion in Natal however, can lift Prandelli’s charges, who surely can’t be as bad again as they were against the Costa Ricans and they get the nod in this one.
They’re 18/5 courtesy of Ladbrokes to nick it by one and 11/1 at the same firm to register a 2-1 success.
Italy to beat Uruguay – 9/5 (be365)