World Cup 2010 Predictions: Group F
The World Cup winner from 2006 Italy, is in a fairly easy group, although they tend to start slowly in tournaments, which can lead to problems.
The first game is on June 14th in 19:30 BST between Italy, and what appears to be the main contender for the 2nd place Paraguay.
The second game would be on June 15th in 12:30 BST and it’s between New Zealand and Slovakia.
While getting a spot in the groups for WC 2010 wasn’t surprise for Italy and Paraguay, those groups are a pretty big deal for New Zealand and Slovakia.
Both teams are considered to be the underdogs here, and the odds for them are quite high, but if one of them creates the surprise of the tournament, can end up very profitable surprise: Here’s what BETFAIR.COM offers as odds:
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Italy supposedly has it easy in such group, but they have rarely done well since the beginning of the tournament. Usually it takes them a while to adapt before they start showing their real shape.
However looking at that 1.52 for topping the groups, seems logical and I can’t really see anyone else in this group getting ahead of them.
Paraguay is considered by the bookmakers the team that will finish 2nd and qualify. Take that bet, at 1.55 I think they are certain to qualify, although I don’t think they will progress far in the elimination rounds.
Slovakia is writing history here. First appearance in World Cup as a separate country, and that’s something they can be proud of. While their neighbors the Czech Republic had a lot of success since the breaking down of Czechoslovakia, Slovakia had nothing. And to be honest, a part of that great team they had back then was partially Slovakian.
I am not sure how well this team can perform on this World Cup, but with such high odds, the bookmakers aren’t expecting much. I would give them the benefit of the doubt, but I mostly agree with the bookmakers as well.
New Zealand, I have no view over this team, but so far this is the highest odds I have seen. They also have the highest odds of winning the World Cup @ 1000. Now while a $1000 can turn out to a million cash, this is a very wild and unrealistic dream, for us to hope for :).
Here’s what we think will happen in this group:
4. New Zealand
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D||Group E||Group F||Group G||Group H|
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