England vs. Uruguay betting odds, predictions for Thursday World Cup action

England or Uruguay could join Spain as early World Cup exits if they don't win Thursday. See the betting lines and predictions for Thursday games.

SB Nation's 2014 World Cup Bracket'

Uruguay and England meet Thursday in a Group D matchup that is must-win for both squads.

After being shocked by Costa Rica, losing 3-1 in one of the biggest upsets in recent World Cup history, Uruguay takes to the pitch against England as +265 moneyline underdogs, according to books monitored by OddsShark.com.

It has been a wagering fall from grace for Uruguay, who closely trailed the favorites in World Cup futures betting with odds of 22/1 just prior to the tourney's start. Since being humbled by Costa Rica, the two-time World Cup champs have tumbled to 66/1 in futures betting and now sport unenviable odds of 2/9 to be eliminated in the group stage.

England fell short in their opening match, dropping a 2-1 decision to Italy in a game they could have won. But unlike Uruguay, an opening loss has not devastated England's odds.

The Three Lions are 23/20 moneyline favorites against Uruguay, steady at 28/1 in futures wagering and a strong 10/11 to advance to the round of 16.

Prediction: 2-2 draw

Colombia and Ivory Coast will battle for top spot in Group C when they meet Thursday in World Cup action. Colombia, heavy 2/5 favorites to finish atop the group, are 21/20 moneyline favorites against Ivory Coast, who sport moneyline odds of 13/5.

The Elephants earned an early share of top spot in Group C with a thrilling 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Japan in their opening match. Pegged at 4/1 to win their group and distant 125/1 longshots to win the World Cup title, Ivory Coast enter their match against Colombia with much improved 9/4 odds to finish atop Group C.

But have improved only marginally, to 80/1, in World Cup futures wagering.

Colombia has yet to earn the respect of oddsmakers, sitting in the middle of the pack with odds of 33/1 in World Cup futures betting. Despite the Colombians' domination of Greece in their opening match and the support of partisan crowds at Brazil 2014, their World Cup futures odds have actually slipped from 25/1, where they sat just a month ago.

Prediction: 3-1 Colombia

Greece and Japan face off in Thursday's third match. The Japanese are 11/10 moneyline favorites in the Group C game that is win-or-go-home for both squads. After their poor performance against Colombia, Greece is a 13/5 moneyline underdog against Japan and a distant 33/1 longshot to win their group.

Prediction: 1-0 Japan

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