England and Italy kick off their World Cup campaigns in the humid climes of Manaus which is situated in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest. But which side will cope better with the tough playing conditions? Read on for the latest tips and betting odds.

These sides met at the quarter final stage of Euro 2012, a match dominated by Italy but which ended 0-0 after extra time, the Italians eventually winning on penalties. If England stand off their opponents as they did that night they will lose, but if they get into them from the off, their superior fitness could pay off.

England are the slight outsiders here at betting odds of 11/5 with Ladbrokes, compared to Italy at 8/5 with Paddy Power, but we fancy Roy Hodgson’s side will get off to a winning start. The draw holds some appeal at betting odds of 9/4 with Bet365, but England to win is our tip for this one.

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