New Zealand’s 1-1 tie of Italy has been their highlight so far in this years World Cup but the New Zealand All-Whites are looking to shock the world one more time. Paraguay on the other hand is not a team that is likely to be caught asleep at the wheel. Although Paraguay is not assured of advancing to the knockout round of World Cup action, they just have to stomp out the upstarts from New Zealand to gain the number one transfer spot from their Group.
Goalkeepers Have Taken Different Paths to World Cup
Mark Paston is a three time reject in the English Premier League and now that is what drives him to live up to the daunting task of helping New Zealand advance to the knockout round of the World Cup. Paston has five saves in two matches and no clean sheets heading into this match with Paraguay.
Justo Villar is a strong, quiet type of goalkeeper. Villar is not a flashy, emotional goalkeeper he is an even keeled leader of this Paraguay team. Villar has one clean sheet in two World Cup matches and he will play a critical role in this match against New Zealand. Since New Zealand has nothing to lose they will be playing an aggressive make it or break it style, that will lead to pressure on Villar. If anyone can rise to the occasion it will be Villar.
Chris Killen is the Leader of the New Zealand Offense
Chris Killen is the perfect front man for this New Zealand World Cup team. Killen is a bull in a china shop up front and he is a gritty player that is relentless is his efforts to attack the goal. Killen does everything for New Zealand but score. If Killen scores a goal in this match the celebration could be of epic proportions.
Paraguay’s Starting Offense Will Set Tone Early
Paraguay’s offense against Slovakia was an aggressive three attacker set and if they show this offense early against New Zealand this match could be over quickly. Cristian Riveros was a force in the three attacker set and he will be a player to watch in this match as well.
Coach Gerardo Martino has received the well deserved credit for his team not losing a World Cup match so far in this tournament and with Paraguay facing a weaker and less experienced New Zealand team Martino should advance to the next round without a loss.
Breakdown of Paraguay -1 vs New Zealand in final World Cup Group Match
Do not put it past New Zealand to pull off the upset in this spot but Paraguay and their coach Martino are not the type of team full of superstars that will look past a weaker New Zealand World Cup team. The problem with a one goal spread in this spot is New Zealand can come up and make this a push with a one goal loss. That is the only issue with this bet though. Take Paraguay -1 goal and they should cover this match with a 3-1 victory.
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