New Zealand vs Slovakia preview – Group F

The second Group F match of the 2010 World Cup sees New Zealand meet Slovakia on Tuesday 15th June at 9:30pm Melbourne time at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa.

These two sides have never met in International competition and this will be the first time they will play each other at World Cup level.

New Zealand scored at 1.88 goals a game during qualifying with Shane Smeltz easily the best striker with 8 goals while Dave Mulligan kicked 3 for the All Whites.

Slovakia scored at 2.20 per game and Stanislav Sestak was major scorer with 6 and Marek Cech, Marek Hamsik, Jan Kozak and Martin Jakubko all managed 2 goals each.

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When: Tuesday 15th June
Time: 9:30am AEST Melbourne time
Where: Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
TV: Televised live on SBS

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Latest New Zealand vs Slovakia Form

New Zealand (#78)
04.06.10 Lost Slovenia 3-1 New Zealand Friendly
29.05.10 WON New Zealand 1-0 Serbia Friendly
24.05.10 Lost Australia 2-1 New Zealand Friendly
04.03.10 Lost New Zealand 0-2 Mexico Friendly
14.11.09 WON New Zealand 1-0 Bahrain World Cup Qual

New Zealand have had indifferent friendly form leading up to the World Cup. A good win over Serbia was sandwiched between losses to Mexico, Australia and Slovenia.

Slovakia (#34)
05.06.10 WON Slovakia 3-0 Costa Rica Friendly
29.05.10 Draw Slovakia 1-1 Cameroon Friendly
03.03.10 Lost Slovakia 0-1 Norway Friendly
17.11.09 Lost Slovakia 1-2 Chile Friendly
14.11.09 WON Slovakia 1-0 United States Friendly

Slovakia defeated Costa Rica quite easily in their last warm up game but their last three friendlies against World Cup competing teams resulted in a win over the USA, loss to Chile and a draw with Cameroon just last month. The Slovakians enter the tournament in handy form.

New Zealand vs Slovakia Preview

New Zealand
New Zealand proved easy winners of the Oceanic group and their only loss was to Fiji in a dead game, before Rory Fallon ensured a trip to South Africa with his goal against Bahrain.

Slovakia
Slovakia qualified over teams such as Poland, Slovenia, Northern Ireland, San Marino and the Czech Republic.

A win over Poland in their final game ensured qualification and entry to the 2010 World Cup.

Sportsbet odds for New Zealand and Slovakia

New Zealand 8.50
Draw 4.00
Slovakia 1.44

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New Zealand vs Slovakia Match Prediction

New Zealand are simply a handy side that will be competitive here and as Australia found out last night, the class difference at the World Cup is much different to friendly form. Both sides will be looking at this game as the one they have to win and Slovakia has proven themselves to be a solid outfit who should be able to get over New Zealand in a low scoring affair.

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