Paraguay and Japan, as countries, have very little in common but both teams have played surprisingly well in the 2010 World Cup betting so far. And while neither team was a strong favorite in the World Cup odds to advance to the knockout stage of the Word Cup betting action, here they both are. When these two teams play on Tuesday it will be for the all marbles with the winner is advancing and the loser going home to stew on a World Cup betting loss for four years.
Japan came out of Group E with a strong victory over Denmark in what was probably its best performance in the World Cup betting to date. This team is playing very well and should be at its best against the Paraguayans. Japan was a bit of a long shot to reach this stage of the World Cup betting action and it’s playing its best soccer at the most important time.
Paraguay was less of a surprise to reach the knockout stage of the World Cup betting but it came as a shocker to most soccer betting fans that they actually won their group. Group F was supposed to belong to defending World Cup betting champion Italy. But when the World Cup odds action finally got underway Italy looked pathetic and Paraguay took advantage by playing well and winning the group with 5 points.
Paraguay has a terrific defense and a few capable players up front. It’s only given up one goal in three games and could just be the best defending team left in the World Cup betting action after Brazil. This isn’t a team that wastes opportunities either. It doesn’t need a ton of looks at the goal to score and plays very efficiently with the defenses starting most runs up the field.
The Japanese team is fast upfront and should test the Paraguayan defense a bit. If Japan can come out of the gates and apply instant pressure and maybe even get a quick goal it will greatly favor their chances to get a win in this World Cup betting game.
However, Paraguay seems to be the better team and it they can control the pace of the game and convert on the offensive chances the Japanese defense will give them they should win this match without a lot of difficulty.