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With Cesare Prandelli set to reshuffle his defence in favour of a more attacking approach, Al Hain-Cole expects La Celeste's deadly frontline to pounce upon any errors at the back

After surprise package Costa Rica all but secured top spot in Group D with a game to spare, Italy and Uruguay are left fighting it out for second place when they meet in Natal on Tuesday.

Having put themselves back in contention at England's expense with a 2-1 victory over Roy Hodgson's side last time out, La Celeste are now marginal 7/4 (2.75) favourites with bet365 to steal second place with a victory here.

Cesare Prandelli's men appeared well on their way to a place in the last 16 after beating the Three Lions in their opening match but the 1-0 defeat against Los Ticos leaves them as slight 9/5 (2.80) underdogs to come out on top in this one.

A draw would also be enough to see the Azzurri progress on goal difference, and you can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on them claiming just a point for their seventh match in 11.

The meek 1-0 defeat against Costa Rica has seen Prandelli come under pressure to adopt a more attacking approach for this crucial showdown and those prayers look set to be answered with the inclusion of Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile for injured defensive midfielder Daniele De Rossi.

This change of personnel should lead to a shift from a four-man defence to three at the back, perhaps a risky move considering the quality of attackers the back line are set to come up against.

Any teething problems in implementing this switch are sure to be pounced upon by a partnership of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez that looked back to their best straight away on the Liverpool man's return to the team against England, meaning an entertaining game should be in prospect.

With this in mind, odds of 4/5 (1.80) seem too good to pass up on both teams finding the net for Italy's ninth game in 12 when they set out to attack Oscar Tabarez's deadly counter-attacking team.

For added value, the 11/8 (2.38) price on the match also featuring at least three goals for Uruguay's third consecutive game are well worth backing, with the South Americans unable to settle for a draw.
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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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