Italy have shown signs of returning to former glory with an impressive European Championship showing in 2012, losing out to Spain 4-0 in the final following wins over England and Germany, added to their fourth World Cup win six years earlier in 2006. They will be hoping they can become the second nation to win the World Cup a total of five times and could also equal Brazil and Germany’s record of seven World Cup final appearances.
Italy World Cup odds
Despite good performances in major tournaments, Italy have had a mixed couple of years with losses to England, France and Brazil, as well as surprise draws to Bulgaria and Haiti. Undoubtedly they will save their best form for the World Cup and have had good preparation in Brazil making the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup. They eventually finished third, following a penalty loss to Spain despite an impressive performance in the semi-final, but recovered to come out on top via the same method against Uruguay in the third place playoff. Get more World Cup betting previews here.
Mario Balotelli has been a reformed player since his return to Italy scoring goals for AC Milan and Italy freely. He came to life against Germany in the 2012 European Championships semi-final scoring an impressive second goal from the edge of the area. His penalty scoring ability may become important as well, it’ll be a matter of whether he can keep his temper under wraps when the pressure is on.
They will also need Andrea Pirlo to continue his fabulous career with more performances like his showing at Euro 2012. His expert passing is bettered by no other player in the world and it will be interesting to see how opponents deal with him throughout the tournament.
Best betting tips for Italy at World Cup 2014
Italy have been placed at 20/1 to win the tournament for a fifth time, currently ranked as sixth favourites behind Belgium. Probably the best priced outsiders because of their history and recent tournament form, they definitely have enough to make the semi-finals at least.