Italy play Costa Rica in Recife on Friday and whilst the Italians will be strong favourites, Costa Rica have already caused a major upset at this World Cup by beating Uruguay 3-1 in their opening Group D game. We’ve got the latest and best betting odds right here, as well as top tips and match analysis so read on for the lowdown.

Italy scraped past England 2-1 and although they trail Costa Rica on goal difference they are in pole position to top the group and will expect to get the win here. The bookies certainly think Cesare Prandelli’s men will prevail, pricing the Azzurri at odds of around 7/12 on the betting exchanges, whilst the Central Americans can be backed at betting odds of 6/1 with Coral and the draw is 16/5 with Bet365 and others.

Impressive as Costa Rica were against Uruguay we can’t help but feel the match said more about Uruguay and as such we expect nothing less than a comfortable Italy win here. They will have gained confidence from beating England after some poor results in the warm-up games and we think they should have enough to win by a couple of goals.

You could play it safe by betting on Italy -1.5 on the Asian handicap but our main betting tip is for Italy to beat Costa Rica by exactly two goals at long odds and thus book their passage to the next round of the World Cup.

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