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FIFA World Cup Quarter-final Preview: Spain vs Paraguay   by Suresh Iyer

Spain and Paraguay meet in the last of the four quarter finals of the World Cup in Johannesburg, on Saturday.

Spain, joint-favourites with Brazil, for the title, began disastrously, losing their first match in group H, to Switzerland. the loss acted as a wake up call, and Spain came back into the tournament with a vengeance, winning 3 matches on the trot. Spain have gone from strength to strength, and look close to attaining the championship form they displayed at Euro 2008.

Paraguay's form curve has been going downward, with each successive match, the last one against Japan resulting in a goalless draw. Paraguay qualified for the quarter-final by prevailing 5-3 in a penalty shoot out.

Spain won 3-1 against Paraguay in the 2002 World Cup. The two other matches between the teams met at World Cup finals ended in draws.

In their round of 16 match against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal, Spain showed why they are so highly rated. Their win by a solitary goal is scant reflection of their masterclass in the game, the low margin is only an indication of the brilliant job done by Portugal's keeper Eduardo, on the day.

David Villa has indubitably been the player of the tournament, leading up to the quarter-finals. He is in joint place as top scorer in the tournament. Fernando Torres is also on way to his best form, with an improved showing against portugal, after a rather indifferent performance in the group matches. He was the spearhead of the attack, and the Portugal central defenders were entirely occupied trying to keep Torres quiet, thereby giving Andres Iniesta and Villa opportunities.

Fernando Llorente came in for Torres late in the game, and nearly scored. Coach Bosque is still likely to go with Torres in Saturday's quarter final. Iniesta and Hernandes were very effective in the midfield against Portugal. Xabi acted as quiet playmaker to Sergio Busquet's aggression. Spain did not rely on Cesc Fabregas and David Silva in the event. Sergio Ramos and Joan Capdevilla were pacy in the wings, while Gerard Pique and Carlos Puyol lent solidity to the back-line, the lone weak link being captain Iker Casillas, who had the Jambulani blues, on the day.

While Spain will go for all out aggression, Paraguay are likely to try and soak up pressure in defence as they did against Italy, in their first group game.

Spain should be wary, so as not to lose concentration and suffer a setback as in the Switzerland game.

Paraguay began with a solid defensive game against Italy. They followed this up with a walk in the park against Slovakia. their final drawn group game against New Zealand saw their performance decline. Their inability to score in open play got underscored in the Japan match in the round of 16.

Roque Santa Cruz has own poor finishing while Enrique Vera has toiled in vain to create opportunities. Antonio Alcaraz and Paulo Da Silva have been solid in defence, but are likely to be tested against the Spanish armada. Lucas Barrios, Paraguay's attacking spearhead has been among the few impressive performers. Paraguay's only hope lies in hard tackles, and in keeping Xavi and Iniesta at bay. They will hope to suffocate the Spainiards, and score on the counter.

David Villa's deft first touch and ready ability to shoot have exemplified Spain's success story, so far. in devastating form.

For Paraguay, Lucas Barrios has been the man in form, whether in dribbling or in creative thinking.

Del Bosque is unlikely to tinker with the starting eleven for Spain despite the temptation of replacing Torres with Llorente.

Paraguay will also stick to the tried and tested Santa Cruz and Barrios as strikers, Vera and Riveros calling the shots in midfield, and Ortigoza offering porotection to the back four, Alcaraz, Da Silva, Morel and Bonet.

This match can only go one way, provided Spain retain their composure.

About the Author

For the latest sports gossip and news you will not find anywhere else on the Internet, and to download a FREE eBook on the 2010 FIFA World Cup, click http://www.cricinfosite.com

Suresh Iyer is an avid sports fan and blogger.

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World Cup Odds Not Allowing Regard to Defending Champs   by Lynn Smith

If you glance at the World Cup probabilities you have to look down a little bit to get at defending champ Italy.

The Italians aren't getting a lot of respect in World Cup gambling despite the fact that they won the title four years ago.

World Cup gambling list Italy at 10.5 to 1 to preserve their title. Italy is in fact the 5th pick in general to get the World Cup behind Spain, Brazil, England and Argentina. Even several of Italy's followers aren't offering the squad much of a chance to do it again. Head coach Marcello Lippi was ripped in the media for the players he chose for the World Cup lineup. Fabrizio Miccoli, Antonio Cassano, Francesco Totti and Mario Balotelli won't be making the journey to South Africa.

Italy continues to be a major favorite to win Group F. Italy is -310 in World Cup gambling to win Group F with Paraguay a far away 2nd pick at 3-1. Slovakia is slightly over 6-1 while New Zealand is a huge longshot. In this group, Italy is the squad that everyone will be watching. Italy will not have much goal scoring capacity, so it's likely that they will be watching a lot of low scoring games. They actually have Captain Fabio Cannavaro who was wonderful four years ago. He gained the Golden Ball and he was FIFA world player of the year. This would be his fourth World Cup and his last. He is retiring from International play after the World Cup and he won't likely go back to Juventus.

Cannavaro not only has to take care of his own situation, he has to take care of the Italian team. Head coach Marcello Lippi is expected to depart after the World Cup, and the lineup looks poor. Cesare Prandelli is expected to be named Lippi's successor.

Several experts are proclaiming that Italy is too outdated to guard their title in World Cup gambling. The goal scoring is a huge question mark, although they still have goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, defender Gianluca Zambrotta and midfielders Gennaro Gattuso and Andrea Pirlo. Cannavaro is intending to hold the team together as the squad captain but there appears to be lots of questions surrounding this Italy squad. The good news for the Italians in World Cup wagering is that Group F is not that hard. New Zealand probably will not get a point while Paraguay and Slovakia ought to battle for 2nd place.

The World Cup is the most well-liked sporting event in the world, with a tremendous audience of more than 700 million people. With a few of exceptions, it is hosted every four years since the initial tournament in 1930. For the 18 competitions that have been hosted until now, solitary seven nations have won the championship. With a record 5 wins, Brazil leads the bunch. They are furthermore the only team to play in every tournament. Italy, who won the championship last year, is next with four titles. Germany has won 3. With one title each, Uruguay, Argentina, England and France complete the list. Kicking off on June 11, the World Cup will finish July 11. The next World Cup In 2014 will be hosted in Brazil.

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FIFA World Cup Quarter-final Preview: Spain vs Paraguay   by Suresh Iyer

Spain and Paraguay meet in the last of the four quarter finals of the World Cup in Johannesburg, on Saturday.

Spain, joint-favourites with Brazil, for the title, began disastrously, losing their first match in group H, to Switzerland. the loss acted as a wake up call, and Spain came back into the tournament with a vengeance, winning 3 matches on the trot. Spain have gone from strength to strength, and look close to attaining the championship form they displayed at Euro 2008.

Paraguay's form curve has been going downward, with each successive match, the last one against Japan resulting in a goalless draw. Paraguay qualified for the quarter-final by prevailing 5-3 in a penalty shoot out.

Spain won 3-1 against Paraguay in the 2002 World Cup. The two other matches between the teams met at World Cup finals ended in draws.

In their round of 16 match against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal, Spain showed why they are so highly rated. Their win by a solitary goal is scant reflection of their masterclass in the game, the low margin is only an indication of the brilliant job done by Portugal's keeper Eduardo, on the day.

David Villa has indubitably been the player of the tournament, leading up to the quarter-finals. He is in joint place as top scorer in the tournament. Fernando Torres is also on way to his best form, with an improved showing against portugal, after a rather indifferent performance in the group matches. He was the spearhead of the attack, and the Portugal central defenders were entirely occupied trying to keep Torres quiet, thereby giving Andres Iniesta and Villa opportunities.

Fernando Llorente came in for Torres late in the game, and nearly scored. Coach Bosque is still likely to go with Torres in Saturday's quarter final. Iniesta and Hernandes were very effective in the midfield against Portugal. Xabi acted as quiet playmaker to Sergio Busquet's aggression. Spain did not rely on Cesc Fabregas and David Silva in the event. Sergio Ramos and Joan Capdevilla were pacy in the wings, while Gerard Pique and Carlos Puyol lent solidity to the back-line, the lone weak link being captain Iker Casillas, who had the Jambulani blues, on the day.

While Spain will go for all out aggression, Paraguay are likely to try and soak up pressure in defence as they did against Italy, in their first group game.

Spain should be wary, so as not to lose concentration and suffer a setback as in the Switzerland game.

Paraguay began with a solid defensive game against Italy. They followed this up with a walk in the park against Slovakia. their final drawn group game against New Zealand saw their performance decline. Their inability to score in open play got underscored in the Japan match in the round of 16.

Roque Santa Cruz has own poor finishing while Enrique Vera has toiled in vain to create opportunities. Antonio Alcaraz and Paulo Da Silva have been solid in defence, but are likely to be tested against the Spanish armada. Lucas Barrios, Paraguay's attacking spearhead has been among the few impressive performers. Paraguay's only hope lies in hard tackles, and in keeping Xavi and Iniesta at bay. They will hope to suffocate the Spainiards, and score on the counter.

David Villa's deft first touch and ready ability to shoot have exemplified Spain's success story, so far. in devastating form.

For Paraguay, Lucas Barrios has been the man in form, whether in dribbling or in creative thinking.

Del Bosque is unlikely to tinker with the starting eleven for Spain despite the temptation of replacing Torres with Llorente.

Paraguay will also stick to the tried and tested Santa Cruz and Barrios as strikers, Vera and Riveros calling the shots in midfield, and Ortigoza offering porotection to the back four, Alcaraz, Da Silva, Morel and Bonet.

This match can only go one way, provided Spain retain their composure.

About the Author

For the latest sports gossip and news you will not find anywhere else on the Internet, and to download a FREE eBook on the 2010 FIFA World Cup, click http://www.cricinfosite.com

Suresh Iyer is an avid sports fan and blogger.

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