2014 World Cup Group D – Predictions

2014 World Cup Group D – Predictions

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 12, 2014
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  • Costa Rica, England, Group D, Italy, Uruguay

I’m going to try to power through the rest of the group predictions today. Up next is the ‘Group of Champions’ – Group D.

Group D

Uruguay (6th in FIFA rankings) | Defeated Jordan 5-0 in CONMEBOL/AFC playoff | 18-12-17 all-time, two-time champions

Italy (9th) | First-place finish in UEFA Group B | 44-21-15 all-time, four-time champions

England (11th) | First-place finish in UEFA Group H | 26-19-14 all-time, one-time champions

Costa Rica (34th) | Second-place finish in CONCACAF | 3-1-6 all-time

Predictions

Uruguay vs Costa Rica – Tough game out of the gate for Costa Rica. Uruguay should be the class of this group and will get off to a strong start with a big win here. Uruguay 3 Costa Rica 1

England vs Italy – Very entertaining game to see early on here in the tournament. I see both teams melting in Manaus here. England 1 Italy 1

Uruguay vs England – Tough schedule for England really to have to go to Sao Paulo after Manaus. Uruguay controls this game fairly easily. Uruguay 2 England 1

Costa Rica vs Italy – Italy is able to open up a bit in this game as Mario Balotelli gets going here. Italy 2 Costa Rica 0

Italy vs Uruguay – Game of the group for me. Uruguay will already be through to the next round while the Italians need a good result. Italy 1 Uruguay 1

Costa Rica vs England – There won’t be a ton that England can do in this one to advance. They’ll still win but that won’t be good enough. Costa Rica 0 England 1

Final Standings

Uruguay 7 points

Italy 5 points

England 4 points

Costa Rica 0 points

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