2014 World Cup: Predicting The Final Outcome In Group D

World Cup 2014: Predicting The Final Outcome In Group D

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There is always at least one 'Group of Death' in every World Cup, and this year Group D provides one of those. Italy, Uruguay, England and Costa Rica make up the four teams in a group where none of the four teams will be particularly happy with the draw. Costa Rica are the firm favorites to finish in fourth, but nothing from first to third is easy to predict after that.

4th Place: Costa Rica

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4th Place: Costa Rica

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The one position in the group that everybody will be quite confident in predicting will be Costa Rica to finish in fourth place. With the three teams they are up against, the Costa Ricans have been handed an unlucky draw and one which will see them exit the competition at the group stage.

3rd Place: Uruguay

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3rd Place: Uruguay

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Uruguay have the strike force to go all the way and win the World Cup, but they don't quite have the rest of the team to match it. There are some very good players to call upon, but there are some aging ones too; that will be the difference against the Italians and a youthful England attack.

2nd Place: England

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2nd Place: England

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For the first time in a long time, England will not be thinking about topping their World Cup group but more so about just qualifying from it for the next stage. Facing Italy and Uruguay is a difficult draw and one which will prove quite a challenge. Playing Uruguay, though, could be a good matchup for the Three Lions with their new speedy front-line against the aging and somewhat ponderous Uruguay defense.

1st Place: Italy

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1st Place: Italy

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Italy, too, will be cursing their luck with the draw they have been given. But after the horror show of World Cup 2010, the Azzurri will be looking to make a positive impact this time around in Brazil. Italy should be sturdy in defense and experienced in midfield and with Mario Balotelli, Giuseppe Rossi and Ciro Immobile to call upon for goals. They should have enough to clinch first place in the group.

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