Slovakia vs Paraguay – betting tips, match prediction and preview

World Cup BettingIn the early World Cup match today at 12:30 BST Slovakia plays Paraguay in Group F at Bloemfontein. The group is vide open after both sides let a goal slip in their first match to play 1-1, which makes today’s match even more important for both teams, if they are to take a step closer to the final 16 at World Cup.

Match Preview

Even though both sides opened with a draw, Slovakia must be the most disappointed side after the first match. New Zealand’s last minute equalizer cost them the lead in Group F, which can prove fatal for their chances to go through to the 1/8-finals. Labeled the weakest team in the group New Zealand was a must win for the Slovaks, and the fact that they claimed their first World Cup point ever is not much comfort. In a match the Slovaks dominated they created few chances and had a hard time breaking down the well-organized All Whites from New Zealand. They must have been very frustrated after the match, but their chances are still intact.

The Paraguayan faced the defending world champions in their first match and could have won the game had their goalkeeper not made a fatal error. However, they did not really offer anything going forward in the match, and their only real effort on target was Antolin Alcaraz’s goal header for Paraguay. We could expect to see more from Paraguay, but they seem satisfied with their defensive performance against the Italians. Coach Gerardo Martin has proclaimed that a draw in the last two matches might be enough, why we should not expect them to go broke playing the Slovaks.

Team Updates

Slovakia will have Miroslav Stoch available again after his knee injury and he could start today. They are likely to make changes up front as well with Erik Jendrisek being replaced by Stanislav Sestak on top, who played as midfielder in their first World Cup match.

Most people expect Roque Santa Cruz will start today in a three man offensive from Paraguay, which mean Aureliano Torres will likely be benched for this match. Their midfielder Jonathan Santana is struggling at the moment and is doubtful due to a thigh injury.

Slovakia vs Paraguay betting tip

Our betting pick will be Slovakia as outright winner at odds 3.80 at 888 sports.

The two teams have not previously played each other, but we expect a much closer match than the odds reveal at the moment. The fact that the group is wide open will affect this match and neither team is expected to gamble from the start. Slovakia will face Italy in their final game though, which make them more likely to invest in the match. Essentially they need three points today after their disappointing result against New Zealand and will fight to the last minute of the game. Paraguay does have the strongest squad on paper, but did not really play their chance against Italy and are likely to rely on their defensive again today. The first goal will be crucial and we expect Slovakia to invest the necessary offensive power to win at fine odds 3.80. Our match prediction will be 1-0 to Slovakia and their first-ever World Cup victory.

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