Italy vs New Zealand preview – Group F

Italy will meet New Zealand in their second round Group F clash of the 2010 World Cup on Monday 21st June at 12:00am Melbourne time at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, South Africa.

Italy won 4-3 the last time they met in an International friendly and that was played in June of 2009.

Both sides had 1-1 draws in their opening round matches to Paraguay and Slovakia respectively.

Cameroon Italy vs New Zealand Cameroon

When: Monday 21st June
Time: 12:00am AEST Midnight Sunday Melbourne time
Where: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Televised live on SBS

Last time they met
10-06-09 Friendly Italy 4-3 New Zealand

Recent History
10-06-09 Friendly Italy 4-3 New Zealand

Italy and New Zealand World Cup form

Italy 1-1 Paraguay
39m Antolin Alcaraz (Par)
63m Daniele De Ross (Ita)

WCI Rating: 8.0
1st half: 4.0
2nd half: 4.0

Strong possession winners who moved the ball with quality in driving rain but they never really converted it to offensive pressure that often against Paraguay.

New Zealand
New Zealand 1-1 Slovakia
50m Robert Vittek (Slo)
90m Winston Reid (NZ)

WCI Rating: 4.5
1st half: 2.0
2nd half: 2.5

Finally got their first point at a World Cup and fought the game out till the very end and were rewarded late with a goal.

Didn’t offer much in the way of offensive pressure and will require more potency up front as they were rarely dangerous and only created half chances.

Italy vs New Zealand Preview

Italy are defending champions who are notoriously slow starters in this competition.

With that first game out of the way they will step out a better team for this match.

New Zealand got a goal in the dying seconds to grab the draw against Slovakia but they never created many chances during the course of the game and they are going to find the Italian defence a different proposition altogether.

Sportsbet odds for Italy vs New Zealand

Italy 1.22
Draw 6.00
New Zealand 15.00

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Italy vs New Zealand Match Prediction

Switzerland showed against Spain that it is possible for an outsider to get up and in a two horse race the $15.00 about New Zealand here is over the odds at first glance.

Having said that, the Italians are a professional outfit and as Germany showed against Australia, the quality World Cup teams tend to get the job done when it matters.

Italy is one of those quality teams and they should get a win here against a gallant New Zealand side by a couple of goals at least.

Italy -1.0 Handicap @ $1.73 at Sportsbet

Back Italy on the handicap or have a crack at the Italy clean sheet at $1.40 as New Zealand will struggle to score against the Italians.

The 2-0 about Italy at $5.00 could be worth a crack and make sure you check out Betfair for the best price you can get.

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