Group D is wide open after Italy beat England 2-1 in their opening match and – a big shock to many – Costa Rica posted a well-deserved 3-1 win over Uruguay, who were without the injured Luis Suarez. With each side having two games left in the group there’s all to play for, but which side will win and who will sneak into that runners-up spot? Read on for our outright group winner betting tips and the latest live odds comparison.

England were the better side against Italy for large parts of the game, but just fell short in the final third and once Italy got their noses in front they were always going to be tough to peg back. The fine build-up play and attacking intent shown by Roy Hodgson’s men make us think they will still have enough to qualify and we fully expect them to beat Uruguay when they meet in Sao Paulo on Thursday. Backing England to finish second in the group looks a fairly safe bet at this stage at nice betting odds of 13/10 with Ladbrokes.

Uruguay looked very poor at the back against a lively Costa Rica side who were inspired by Arsenal player Joel Campbell, who spent last season on loan at Olympiakos in Greece. There is an outside chance they could nick a draw against Italy and give themselves a real chance of qualifying for the next round but we think it will end with Italy as group winners and England in second, an outcome that is available to back at betting odds of 15/8 with Boylesports.

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