Sunday, June 20, 2010

Slovakia vs Paraguay - Preview


Group F, 11:30 GMT, June 20, 2010
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Team Stat Comparison

Matches Played11
Table Position43
Goal Difference00
Goals for *0.01.0
Goals against *0.01.0
Last 5DD
Last 5 home
Last 5 awayDD
*  Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club
Stats: Slovakia | Paraguay

Competition Stats

GoalsRobert Vittek 1Antolín Alcaraz 1
YellowsZdeno Strba 1Victor Cáceres 1
Squads: Slovakia | Paraguay

Slovakia player to watchVladimir Weiss - As the son of the manager the spotlight is always going to be on the young winger and against New Zealand he put on a scintillating display. Weiss provides a constant threat and is always quick to go the attack.
Paraguay player to watchCristian Riveros - The Cruz Azul player is the hub around which Paraguay's midfield operates. He offers a mix of sharp tackling, box-to-box running and an excellent pass-and-move game. Although not prolific, he is a scorer of important goals.
Key battleMarek Hamsik v Victor Caceres. Slovakia's playmaker is rumoured to be attracting the attention of Europe's top clubs and will be given the task of unlocking Paraguay's rear-guard. Caceres is the tough tackling, tactically astute defensive midfielder charged with stopping Hamsik. But if he picks up another yellow card he will miss Paraguay's final group game.
Trivia: Robert Vittek scored in his first appearance in the 2010 finals, this after failing to score in any of his nine appearances for Slovakia during qualification.
Stats: Six of the last ten goals Paraguay have conceded at the World Cup finals have come from set-pieces. And they have won just one of their last 12 World Cup games against European opposition.
Odds: Slovakia (3.75), Paraguay (2.10) and the draw (3.20) are all on offer atBet365, but a 2-2 draw will get 21.00.
Prediction: This will be a closely fought match and with both sides struggling to win recently a draw looks the likely result.

A hard fought 1 all draw...

A bonus special photo for all the Paraguayan fans... :)

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