After a crazy day 2 of the World Cup which saw the Dutch giving the World and European champions Spain a lesson in football that I doubt anyone seen coming we head into day 3.
There are four games on day 3 which are Colombia v Greece, Uruguay v Costa Rica, England v Italy and Ivory Coast v Japan.
HT-FT Colombia-Colombia 2/1
You can pick Colombia up at 10/11 which is brilliant because there is almost no chance that Greece will win this game. Greece will look to defend the entire match so don’t really expect too many goals, but I think you will see Colombia get an early goal and then hold onto that for the rest of the match.
Uruguay and Both Teams to Score 10/3
So far the games have been very open in this World Cup and a game between two Latin sides should be no different. Uruguay will know that they have to put up a score to put pressure on both Italy and England who play later on and Costa Rica are no mugs, I expect goals.
Andrea Pirlo to score anytime 6/1
I don’t expect many goals in the England Italy match but I don’t see a 0-0. The pitch is apparently in a total mess so don’t expect many open play chances (or any of quality at least) so the chances are likely to be created through set pieces. With that in mind centre backs (like Cahill at 20/1 anytime) are good bets but I’m going to go for Pirlo at 6/1 as a better bet because England have a knack for giving away free kicks just outside the box and then conceding from them in big tournaments, and there is nobody better over a dead ball than Andrea Pirlo.
Italy are a better team than England and are better at performing in big tournaments as well, you get better value on Italy than you should because English people love getting themselves drunk on how mediocre their team is. 15/8 is a great price when Italy should be more along the lines of 6/4.
Japan and Both teams to score 11/2
I think we will see an open game between two teams who will look at the game as a must win as they battle for the runner up place in the group. I don’t rate Ivory Coast they are well past their best and Japan are actually a little bit under rated, the conditions will also suit Japan better than Ivory Coast.
The odds for the England-Italy game are very good; the odds for the other games are actually pretty poor again. It is clear that the bookies don’t know how to react to games like Ivory Coast-Japan which is shown by the goal scorer markets which leave little to be desired.