World Cup Odds: Italy slight favorite over Uruguay in do-or-die clash
Of the eight teams in action on Tuesday, only England has been mathematically eliminated from moving on to the knockout stage.
Colombia and Costa Rica have advanced and will be looking to lock up the top seed in their groups, while the other five teams are playing for their tournament lives.
Group D: Italy vs. Uruguay
Italy is a very slim favorite at +165 over Uruguay at +170 with a draw going off at +230. On the two-way line, the game is a pick'em according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com, with Italy a -115 favorite over Uruguay (-105). The total is set at 2.5 goals.
Both of these teams beat England and lost to Costa Rica, setting the stage for a play-in game to try to make it into the knockout round. Holding on to the goal differential tiebreaker by one goal, Italy can advance with a draw or a win while Uruguay needs a win.
Luis Suarez made all the difference for Uruguay against England, scoring two goals after missing the Costa Rica game with an injury.
Group D: Costa Rica vs. England
England is a -125 favorite to win this game. Costa Rica pays +320 to win outright, +285 to draw and +105 on the two-way line at +0.5. The total is set at 2.5 goals.
It isn't often that you see a team with six points as a clear underdog to a team with zero, but that is the case in this one. Costa Rica has taken the “group of champions” by storm, defeating Uruguay 3-1 and Italy 1-0.
It will try to add the last former champion to its hit list on Tuesday, while England will simply be playing for pride.
Group C: Japan vs. Colombia
Colombia is a +130 favorite over Japan, with Japan going off at +200 to win and +250 to play to a draw. The pick'em line has Colombia as a -145 favorite over Japan at +120. The total is set at 2.5 goals.
Colombia punched its ticket to the knockout stage with impressive wins over Greece and the Ivory Coast. Working in Japan's favor in this match is the fact that Colombia doesn't have much to play for with the top seed in Group C virtually locked up thanks to goal differential.
A draw does Japan no good, so it must play for the win on Tuesday.
Group C: Greece vs. Ivory Coast
The Ivory Coast is going off at +100 to defeat Greece. The Greeks are a +275 underdog to win, +250 to play to a draw and -120 on the +0.5 line. The total is set at two goals, with the Over favored at -175 over the Under at +145.
Even down to 10 men against Japan, Greece's excellent defense shined to earn a scoreless draw. The Ivorians can clinch a spot in the knockout round with a win, while Greece is still looking for its first goal of the tournament.