Paraguay World Cup Betting Preview
Paraguay odds and free bets for 2010 World Cup
This is Paraguay’s fourth consecutive appearance at the World Cup Finals. The squad will want to build on the progress made in 1998 and 2002 when they reached the last 16 both times. The Paraguayans do not want a repeat of their first round elimination at the 2006 finals in Germany. The current squad is strong and relies on both defence and attack. Their new found resilience could be key for Paraguay to be a major threat in South Africa. The shortest odds for a Paraguay triumph are offered by Paddy Power at 40/1. Coral however offer odds of 66/1 for the same bet.
Paraguay are situated in Group F along with holders Italy, Slovakia and New Zealand. It is widely believed that Slovakia and Paraguay will be vying for second spot behind the Italians. However an upset is possible and Paraguay are priced at 4/1 by SkyBet to win the group. Bwin prices Paraguay at 6/11 to qualify from the group and BlueSq price Paraguay at 7/4 for a failure to qualify from the group stages.
Paraguay qualified for the World Cup finals with their best ever points tally in a hugely impressive campaign. The Paraguayans notched up thirty three points and finished third behind Chile and Brazil. Paraguay secured qualification by beating Argentina 1-0 in their final game. The president of Paraguay was so proud of his players that he declared a national holiday.
The Paraguay squad is strong; it boasts key players in all areas. The strongest players are in Paraguay’s attack. Roque Santa Cruz who plays for Manchester City and had a very successful spell with Blackburn Rovers is the strongest striker however injury prevented him from playing for most of the qualifiers. If fit for the finals; Santa Cruz is priced at 125/1 by expert.com to finish as the tournament’s top goal scorer.
Reccomended bets: With both Argentina and Brazil in the tournament it is unlikely that Paraguay will be the South American team to go the furthest in the finals however Brazil and Argentina have stuttered at late and if Paraguay have a strong campaign there is a chance that they will be the highest placed South American team, SkyBet price this event at 14/1. Another bet worth taking would be that Paraguay are eliminated at the Quarter Final stage with BetFred pricing this at 9/2. BetFred also prices the Paraguayans at 13/8 to get eliminated at the Last Sixteen.
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