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World Cup Predictions: Group D

ISH soccer writer, Adam Leightman, predicts every match in the 2014 World Cup. Who will win each group? Will Brazil win the tournament they are hosting? Is there a dark horse ready to make a deep run in the tournament? Join International Sports Hub every day as each group is predicted and eventually a country will be crowned champion.

Group D:

Group D is one of the more competitive groups in the tournament. England, Uruguay, and Italy all have a good chance of making it out of the group. Then there is Costa Rica, who will enjoy the sights and sounds of the World Cup… and not get a single point.


1. Uruguay:

Uruguay will continue their good World Cup form by winning Group D this summer. Led by Premier League Player of the Year Luis Suarez and PSG striker Edison Cavani, Uruguay will score a tournament leading 7 goals in the group stage. Suarez will have to control his temper, and his hands, and attempt to not get sent off during the tournament.

2. England:

The Three Lions will shock the footballing world by handily defeating Italy in their first group game. England will get 2 goals from Daniel Sturridge and Jack Wilshire. Also, Frank Lampard will finally score his first World Cup goal in his third tournament. England will finish with 6 points and qualify for the knockout rounds.


3. Italy:

Italy will be a disappointing team, and like in 2010, will fail to qualify for the knockout rounds. Italy will only win one game, and it will be against the group minnow, Costa Rica. The team will struggle to find offense and Mario Balotelli will lose his cool and get a red card in their final game.


4. Costa Rica:

Costa Rica was drawn into a very tough group. They will fail to pick up a point, but will be thrilled with scoring a goal. They will score a goal against the underachieving Italians, and the tournament will be viewed as a success by the Costa Ricans.



Saturday, June 14

Uruguay 3-0 Costa Rica

England 2-0 Italy

Thursday, June 19

England 1-3 Uruguay 

Friday, June 20

Costa Rica 1 – 2 Italy

Tuesday, June 24

Italy 1-1 Uruguay

England 2-0 Costa Rica

Final Table:

1. Uruguay – 7 Points

2. England – 6 Points

3. Italy – 4 Points

4. Costa Rica – 0 Points


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