10 interesting stats ahead of Italy vs Costa Rica

0 – This is the only group stage match at the 2014 World Cup that will feature two squads with no players who were at a Premier League side at the end of last season.

1.93 – Only Brazil (2.20) and Germany (2.02) average more points per game at World Cups than Italy.

2 – Costa Rica’s win over Uruguay in their opening match was only their second in their last 8 World Cup matches.

6 – Costa Rica have scored in their last 6 World Cup matches against European nations.

15 – Italy have scored in a national record 15 consecutive World Cup matches.

15 – Italy and Brazil have lost the fewest matches in World Cup history amongst nations to have won the World Cup.

15 – Costa Rica have conceded 15 goals in their last 5 matches at World Cups.

20 – Only Russia (23) and England (22) have more players in their squad that play their football in their home country.

21 – Italy have drawn more games than any other nation in World Cup history.

75% – 3 of the 4 CONCACAF nations won their opening game at the 2014 World Cup. Mexico beat Cameroon 1-0, Costa Rica beat Uruguay 3-1 and USA beat Ghana 2-1. Honduras lost 3-0 to France.

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