Just read an interesting article on the Italian team.
they have a pretty easy group but there is considerable pressure to finish 1st because they could conceivably matchup with Brazil in the round of 16.
Seems the Italians have discovered offensive style. I personally will believe it when I see it.
Most predictions are picking Italy to get to at least the semifinal but if they get Brazil in the round of 16????
I wouldn't say Italy's group is easy, actually I think it could be a tricky one. Ghana is a strong up and coming team with many players based in Europe (Gyan, Koffour, Essien etc).
USA could prove difficult and they had a good world cup 4 years ago.
Czech Rep. have been one of the most consistent European team and they have some world class players.
Saying that, I think the group suits Italy as they seem to play better when facing strong opposition. That's why I'm not too worried if they play Brazil in the 2nd round, they're the team to beat and they'd play them sooner or later.
Italy's last friendlies were encouraging (beat Germany 4-1 and Holland 3-1), if our best players don't get injuried we have a good chance as anybody.