Paraguay vs New Zealand – betting tips, match preview and prediction

World Cup BettingParaguay plays the World Cup surprise from New Zealand in their final group stage match today at 15:00 BST in Polokwane. The Paraguayans only need one point against New Zealand, while the All Whites need a win to decide their on fate at World Cup and find themselves between the exclusive last 16 competitors.

Match Preview

The Paraguayans must be satisfied with their performance so far at the World Cup, as they only need a single point in the match today to reach the knockout stage. However Gerardo Martino will likely not settle for one point today and a place between the last 16 countries. A win would make them the group winner, which means they will likely avoid Netherlands in the 1/8-finals and get either Japan or Denmark. At least on paper, the last two countries seem more winnable and would likely increase their chance of making it to the quarter-final for the first time.

The All Whites from New Zealand have been a nice addition to the World Cup so far. They already won two major battles and could complete their surprise against Paraguay today. The draw against Italy have made them hero’s at home and one can only imagine, what a place between the last 16 would do. If the dreams have to become true, they must win today against strong Paraguay. A draw could be enough though, if Italy draw as well and with a lower score line than New Zealand. Even a draw of lots could decide the fate of New Zealand, if both matches end up equal. Of cause it would be more save for New Zealand to go for the win, but a hard task awaits them today against well-playing Paraguay.

Team Updates

We expect Paraguay to use the same starting line-up as against Slovakia, but an injury to Antonlin Alcaraz might force them to change. This would also mean a three man attack again with Roque Santa Cruz starting alongside Lucas Barrios and Nelson Valdez up front.

After surprising two games in a row, we expect New Zealand to make no changes from the last two games. The only question is goalkeeper Mark Paston, but he is expected to keep his spot, even though their normal first choice Glen Moss has served his four-game ban.

Paraguay vs New Zealand betting tip

Our betting pick will be Paraguay as outright winner to odds 1.44 at 888 sports.

New Zealand surprised two times already at this World Cup, but we expect the miracles to be over today against Paraguay. They did play their chance well against both Italy and Slovakia, but could easily have lost both matches. Again today they are major underdogs against Paraguay, which have shown the best football so far in group F at the World Cup. We predict New Zealand will have a hard time against the fast and well-playing Paraguayans and do not expect them to have the quality to surprise again. Paraguay will not underestimate New Zealand after watching their first two games and at the same time really need a win to avoid the Netherlands in a 1/8-final. The match prediction will be a 2-0 or 2-1 victory to Paraguay.

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