Fri, Jun 25, 4:30pm by Kevin Pitstock
World Cup Day 14 betting didn’t go as betting planned, as New Zealand escaped with another draw. The Paraguayans never really threatened in a match that was painful to watch.
Italy lost 3-2 to an impressive Slovakian outfit and were knocked out in the group stages for the first time since 1972.
In the other matches played this morning, the Netherlands were too strong for Cameroon which paid out at $1.80. The Japanese were impressive against Denmark and scored two deft free kicks to progress with a 3-1 victory.
The African teams have been unimpressive in the 2010 World Cup, and the Ivory Coast are another example of that. True, they are in a tough group with the likes of Brazil and Portugal, but they haven’t performed well.
Despite the North Koreans slumping to a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of Portugal, I think they can hold their heads up high. It was only 1-0 at half time and they were in the contest for large periods against Brazil.
Betting suggests North Korea will be thumped here, but I’m leaning more towards a draw in this dead rubber. Both team will be playing for pride and I expect this one to be an open affair.
In a match that football fans from across the world have been waiting for, two of the most entertaining sporting teams in the globe play at midnight tonight.
Brazil have been somewhat flying under the radar, while Portugal are in the limelight after a 7-0 win in their last outing.
Both teams have already qualified and I expect to see an attacking brand of football on display. This match is hard to predict because the sides have not yet been named and also because the teams have already qualified.
Betting suggests Brazil are slight favourites (always are) paying $2.20 on Sportsbet. The draw is at $3.10 and a Portugal win at $3.60.
The South American teams have been the form continent of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Chile have continued that trend with two wins from two and sit on top of their group. They only need a point to qualify from Group H, while Spain need all three.
The pressure will be on Spain in this one, and in the past they have suffered when the heat has been put on. Their first up loss to Switzerland didn’t do them any favours, but they bounced back against the lowly Honduras side.
Will we see another high profile team knocked out in the group stages?
Switzerland can still qualify by beating Honduras, and will boost their chances by winning well. They are equal on points with Spain and three points behind Chile.
I can only see a Switzerland victory here.
Like I alluded to above, the Swiss must win against Honduras to qualify. I think they’ll do it, and odds of $1.53 at Sportsbet isn’t half bad.
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