It’s a must win night for England on Thursday and we have free World Cup 2014 betting tips.
Many experts were building this match up to be the potential decider for the Runners-up place in the Group behind Italy. However, after Uruguay’s shock defeat to Costa Rica in their opening Group D game and England’s defeat to Italy in Manaus, this encounter has turned into a must win game for both sides if they want to remain in the tournament. The way the fixtures are set out, defeat for either side would mean the end of their World Cup.
Uruguay’s 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica has been one of the surprise results of the tournament so far. With the likes of Cavani, Forlan, Rodriguez and Godin in the Uruguay line up many felt they would produce a strong performance in the opening match to lay down a marker to both Italy and England. This was not to be, Costa Rica outplayed Uruguay pretty much across the pitch, playing with more pace, determination and freedom. Uruguay’s defence was often left exposed and the pace of the likes of Joel Campbell and Brian Ruiz troubled them, while in attack they offered little to trouble the Costa Rican Goalkeeper. That said, they will be boosted by the return of Luis Suarez who missed the opening game after recovering from knee surgery. It could prove a timely return to action for Uruguay’s all time leading goal scorer, not only because of his undoubted talent and ability to score goals, but to boost the moral of the whole team and lift spirits going into such a crucial game.
England on the other hand will have been somewhat encouraged by their performance against Italy and across 90 minutes probably deserved a draw. That said, they go into this match with no points on the board and, like Uruguay, know that a win here would put qualification for the knock out stages in their own hands going into the final round of matches.
Like Costa Rica, England showed against Italy that they have the pace in attack that could trouble the Uruguayan defence with the likes of Sterling, Sturridge and Wellbeck all showing their capabilities and lack of fear on footballs biggest stage. There were, however, some question marks that arose from the game in Manaus that will need to be rectified come Thursday night in Sao Paulo. Most notably was England’s left hand side and in particular Wayne Rooney. Far too often Leighton Baines was left exposed two on one with Italy’s full back content to hug the touchline and be the perfect out ball for Pirlo and company. This could force Roy Hodgson to make probably his toughest decision as England manager so far and maybe drop the Manchester United man in favour of a more left sided player in Adam Lallana. Elsewhere, improvement will be needed from the England captain, while the Centre Back pairing will need to be at their best to cope with the returning Suarez. No doubt both Cahill and Jagielka will look to test out Suarez’s knee with a couple of early strong challenges.
If both teams play like they did in their opening games then it would not be hard to look beyond England in this fixture. However, this is the World Cup and both sides will be eager to prolong their competitive involvement in the tournament beyond Thursday night. While a draw would not be a disastrous result for both teams, they will be going all out for the victory. In a match that will more than likely be decided by the odd goal I have gone for England to win at 23/20 with both Bet365 and William Hill and by a score of 2-1 at 8/1 with both bookmakers also. Fresh from opening his World Cup tally against Italy, the value in the goal scorer market looks to be with Daniel Sturridge to score first at 11/2 with Bet365.
England v Uruguay Betting Tips
England to Win – Bet Here at 23/20 with William Hill
England to Win 2-1 – Bet Here at 8/1 with William Hill
Daniel Sturridge To Score First – Bet Here at 11/2 with Bet365
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