Italy vs Paraguay – Betting tips and preview

World Cup BettingDefending World Cup champions Italy will play their first match today in group F against Paraguay at 19:30 BST in Cape Town. The Italian team comes into 2010 World Cup with a lot of disappointing results in recent games, while Paraguay is filled with confidence after a good qualifying campaign. We could be in for a very interesting match tonight, where the Italians must find their World Cup shape to defeat strong Paraguay.

Match Preview

The pressure is on Italy tonight as they open their 2010 World Cup campaign against Paraguay. They are defending champions and with a far from ideal preparation, they are under even more pressure to deliver a good result tonight. In their latest warm-up game the Azzurri played 1-1 against Switzerland after loosing to Mexico and drawing with Cameroon, which leaves a lot of pressure on the team from the football loving Italian fans at home. Back in 1950 the Italians did become the first defending World Cup champions to lose in their opener, and the question is whether we could see a repeat tonight. The Italians is known to be slow starters and normally gets better later on in the tournament, which make them only a slight favourite for tonight’s match.

On the other hand Paraguay showed great shape in their qualifying campaign, where they won against strong nations like Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Latest Gerardo Martino’s men won 2-0 against Greece in a warm-up game, which makes them favourites to go through from group F. Beating World Cup favourites like Brazil and Argentina shows their potential, but the question is whether they can keep going against the world champions tonight.


The Italians will be missing playmaker Andrea Pirlo tonight as he just arrived in South Africa because of an injury. He is not expected to play before the final group game, which will be a big lose for the Italians. This said midfielder Daniele De Rossi and winger Mauro Camoranesi will be back for the match.

Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino can pick from a full squad tonight as striker Oscar Cardozo seems to have overcome his ankle injury and will join the bench tonight.

Italy vs Paraguay betting tip

We recommend betting on Paraguay to win at 888 sports, which can be found at odds 3.80 and is a great price for a Paraguay victory.

The two teams seem quite even considering Italy’s poor preparation and 3.80 are way too high on Paraguay. During qualification they had 9 clean sheets and are looking competent in front with Lucas Barrios and Roque Santa Cruz. Of cause Italy is a good team and is likely to go through, but they could get in trouble tonight against a good running Paraguay team, which is worth playing at odds 3.80.

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