Both Italy and Costa Rica have a great chance of securing their place in the kockout stages with a win in the game to be played on 20th June 2014 at Arena Pernambuco in Recife. This will be the first kickoff at 13:00 Local time (16:00 GMT)
A big game on Friday will see winners of opening matches in group d take on each other, with qualification to knockout stages as incentive for the winnining team. Italy are most likely to go with the same lineup which took the field against England while Costa Rica will also go with the same team. The most successful team from europe in fifa world cup history is Italy, but still they don’t get the praise they deserve having won the competition for whooping 4 times. Their performance against England was a pretty good and although they spent most of the 2nd half defending (which they are pretty good at) they did show us a new look italian style which is more entertaining and expensive than the traditional italian tactics.
Costa Rica on the other hand has been breath of fresh air in the opening round match when they stunned uruguay winning the game 3-1 and Italian won’t take them lighly specialy after Spain’s defeat against Chile which will send the alarm bells ringing for the all big teams.
Mattia De Sciglio and Buffon’s fitness are doubt ful but apart from that I can see the same lineup for Italins, while Costa Rica will definately have the same XI. Match Predictions:
Another good game on our hands, Although Italy beat England they did not look too comfortable against the speed England had to offer and Costa Rica might hurt them on counter attacks. If Italy takes the lead, we can safely say that they will go onto win the game but it will be interesting to see how they would react if they had to chase the game. Overall I think Italy has too much quality to drop point