Italy vs Paraguay preview – Group F

The first Group F match of the 2010 World Cup will see defending champion Italy do battle with Paraguay on Tuesday 15th June at 4:30am Melbourne time at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.

These two sides last met in the 2004 Olympics where Paraguay won with a 1-0 score line.

Italy scored at 1.80 goals per game during qualification to the World Cup and Alberto Gilardino kicked 4 with Antonio Di Natale, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Alberto Aquilani and Daniele De Rossi each getting 2 each.

Paraguay could only manage 1.33 goals per game and Salvador Cabanas netted 6, Nelson Valdez 5 and both Roque Santa Cruz and Cristian Riveros nabbing 3 each.

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When: Tuesday 15th June
Time: 4:30am AEST Melbourne time
Where: Green Point Stadium, Cape Town
TV: Televised live on SBS

Last time they met
Aug 2004 Olympics Paraguay 1-0 Italy

Recent History
Aug 2004 Olympics Paraguay 1-0 Italy
Jul 1950 World Cup Italy 2-0 Paraguay

Latest Italy vs Paraguay Form

Italy (#5)
05.06.10 Draw Italy 1-1 Switzerland Friendly Away
03.06.10 Lost Italy 1-2 Mexico Friendly Home
03.03.10 Draw Italy 0-0 Cameroon Friendly Home
18.11.09 WON Italy 1-0 Sweden Friendly Home
14.11.09 Draw Italy 0-0 Netherlands Friendly Home

Defending champion Italy has drawn two and lost one of three friendlies played this year and they are traditionally slow starters who will improve quickly when required.

Paraguay (#31)
02.06.10 WON Paraguay 2-0 Greece Friendly Away
30.05.10 Draw Paraguay 2-2 Ivory Coast Friendly Home
25.05.10 Lost Paraguay 1-2 Ireland Friendly Away
15.05.10 WON Paraguay 1-0 North Korea Friendly Home
01.04.10 Draw Paraguay 1-1 South Africa Friendly Home

Paraguay has played four World Cup competing teams in the last couple of months and defeated Greece and North Korea and drew with Ivory Coast and South Africa. Ironically their only loss was to Ireland which did not qualify for this tournament. Most recent game was a good win over Greece.

Italy vs Paraguay Preview

Italy remained undefeated in qualifying and topped their group comfortably securing qualification after a last minute goal gained them a 2-2 draw against the Republic of Ireland.

Leonardo Bonucci and Fabio Quagliarella found the net for Italy in recent matches.

Paraguay amassed more than 30 points to qualify for this tournament and they scored wins over teams of the calibre of Uruguay, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, and they will go to South Africa full of confidence.

Lucas Barrios scored three goals in latest friendly matches.

Sportsbet odds for Italy and Paraguay

Italy 2.10
Draw 3.20
Paraguay 3.70

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Italy vs Paraguay Match Prediction

These two teams are favoured to top this group so both sides will be striving to avoid defeat at all costs which makes this a big chance for a draw. Italy has been average in warm up games whilst Paraguay has been quite good and considering what is at stake and where both teams are at, the draw is the best result for both sides.

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We predict a draw for this match but Paraguay +0.5 on the Asian Handicap is another good option as they are capable of beating the Italians. Visit Betfair for the best price you can get.

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