After watching Costa Rica stun Uruguay to kickoff Group D play, Italy and England will collide hoping to keep pace with the Central Americans. Tonight’s live stream of Italy vs. England comes courtesy of ESPN3 (online), while big ESPN will handle TV broadcasting duties for this classic matchup.
According to a NY Times June 14 preview, this exciting contest has a scheduled TV start time of 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT) from Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil. All the action gets underway with the pre-match show at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN-Deportes, Univision and WatchESPN online.
There’s some bad news to report for the Italians, as a June 14 CBS Sports article states that longtime goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon will miss this much anticipated clash due to an injured ankle. The 36-year-old Carrara suffered what was initially diagnosed as a light sprain, but after further tests it was determined that Salvatore Sirigu of Paris Saint-Germain will guard Italy’s goal.
In the case of England, this is a side that hasn’t tasted much success at the World Cup stage since its 1966 victory. As detailed in a June 14 NYT report, there wasn’t too much optimism when it was announced that they would be paired with Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.
Nevertheless, expectations are very high heading into this year’s tournament, but somewhere in the back of their heads there are nightmares of penalty-kick failures. For what it’s worth, 2014 World Cup oddsmakers list England [+145] as slight favorites to defeat Italy [+220] this evening and get off to a good start. The OVER/UNDER for this live streaming match is set at a combined total of 2 goals, and alternate goal-spreads go as follows: Italy PK [+125] vs. England [-145] PK.
After Costa Rica shook things up in Group D, will Italy or England keep pace with the Ticos? Tune to big ESPN at 6 p.m. to watch all the action live on your TV sets, preceded by the pre-match show at 5:30 p.m. ET. For those watching the action via ESPN live stream, check out the following viewing options for this classic showdown: