Group D has been an exciting one so far. England have already been eliminated, but the remaining three teams are still in it with a chance. Costa Rica are guaranteed a spot in the round of 16, but have not yet clinched top spot.
Italy v Uruguay – Tuesday, June 24 @ 12pm:
Uruguay have an excellent chance to progress with a win, however, Italy only needs a draw to go through due to their better goal difference. Both teams should take notes on what Costa Rica has done considering that they have already beaten both teams in this World Cup.
My prediction is a Uruguay win. Luis Suarez is going to be the key player in this one. He looked lively and much closer to being fit than anyone expected in their previous match against England. Even if he is marked there are enough other attacking players to damage Italy.
Italy do have a potent offence, and one that could wreak havoc against a sometimes struggling defense. The difference here is that Uruguay seemed to have gotten themselves together following the 3-1 loss to Costa Rica and look much stronger throughout the pitch.
Costa Rica v England – Tuesday, June 24 @ 12pm:
England are out and Costa Rica are through already. The Three Lions are playing only for pride and hope of leaving with at least a point. They are going to struggle to do this. Costa Rica play as a team and have already shown what they can do in defeating both Uruguay and Italy.
England will need to show something more than they have in their previous losses. Defensive lapses, lack of leadership, and a lack of creativity in front of goal have been massive
My prediction is another Costa Rica win to be able to top the group. England will be making changes, and these could be enough to get a result, but the Ticos have been relentless in their quest to progress and will capitalize on the errors that seem to always crop up in the English team.