2:30PM-Soccer: Paraguay OR Italy

The World Cup continues today with a matchup between two Group F teams that will be trying to compete for first place and advance to the knockout round. Italy will be a heavy favorite in this one, rightly after they won the 2006 World Cup, but Paraguay is the one team in this division that seems poised to pull off an upset.  Expect this game to be faster paced than some of the earlier games, and both of these teams seem to have a knack for putting at least one in the back of the net.  This one should be exciting, and is in all likelihood going to illuminate the winner of Group F.


  • Italy is 5th in the FIFA world rankings
  • Paraguay is 31st  in the FIFA world rankings
  • Italy had 3 wins and a draw in 2009 World Cup qualifying
  • Paraguay played 18 qualifying matches in 2009 and won/draw in 13 of them
  • Italy is +115 odds to win the match

Tonto picks Italy to win the match * * (2 out of 5 stars)

The Italians are ready and set to make a deep run into the World Cup, but that will have to start in this game as they are probably playing the toughest team they will play in the Group stages in the form of Paraguay.  Will I be surprised if Paraguay pulls this off?  Absolutely not, but I have to go with the reigning champs to have enough to get the W in this one.

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