and England meet Thursday in a Group D matchup that is must-win for both squads.
After being shocked by Uruguay takes to the pitch against England as +265 moneyline underdogs, according to books monitored by OddsShark.com., losing 3-1 in one of the biggest upsets in recent history,
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 v. Uruguay
England v. Uruguay
England fell short in their opening match, dropping a 2-1 decision toin a game they could have won. But unlike Uruguay, an opening loss has not devastated 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
and 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 ofin their opening match and the support of partisan crowds at 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