Match-Up: Italy (Win) vs. Slovakia (Win or Draw)

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Defending World Cup champion, Italy has a lot on the line today. Italy, 0-0-2 (2 points) must defeat Slovakia, 0-1-1 (1 point) in order to advance to the knockout round. The fifth ranked Italian club had one of the most disappointing results this summer, a 1-1 tie against a rather unpolished New Zealand club. There has been a ton of backlash since the tie so I expect the Italians to play inspiring soccer on Thursday morning.

Luckily for Italy, Slovakia has been one of the worst offensive teams in the World Cup. Slovakia has only scored one goal and has only managed three on-target shots. Needless to say, the Slovakians are playing lack luster soccer.

Even though I am part Slovakian, it pains me to pick an Italian win in this match-up. However, it’s just the nature of the business. Gotta go with your gut.

The Pick: Italy (Win)

June Record: 11-12

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