Online sports gambling fans will have their choice of two World Cup Football betting commodities that may bring additional board value to gamblers the further that they advance.
Paraguay was the winner of Group F as they had a record of 1 win and 2 draws. Paraguay opened FIFA World Cup action against defending champion Italy and played “The Azzurri” to a 1-1 draw. That was followed up with a 2-0 win over Slovakia. Paraguay ended Group Stage action with a scoreless draw against New Zealand.
Japan finished 2nd to the Netherlands in Group E as they had 2 wins and 1draw. Japan opened FIFA World Cup play with a 1-0 win over Cameroon. That was followed up by a tough 0-1 defeat against a powerful team from the Netherlands.
Japan closed out Group E play in impressive fashion with a 3-1 win over Denmark to make the 16 team knockout round.
Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino has plenty of respect for Japan, especially their ability to handle transitions.
“Fundamentally they are a team who get back into their defensive positions very well,” said Martino.
“When they get the ball they come out very quickly on the counter attack,” Martino continued. “This is what we have to be careful of most, the fast breaks.”
Japan has been one of the surprise teams in this year’s World Cup tournament and has offered gamblers outstanding board value. Never a world power in soccer, Japan is forging a new found respect with handicappers and soccer experts alike.
Japan is renowned for their discipline as a team as well as their grit and determination. Coach Takeshi Okada is quite proud of his group. “My team has a strength that the others don’t have,” said Okada. “All 23 players are united, as are the staff.”
Japan limped in to the FIFA World Cup and was not expected to move beyond the group stage but seems to be peaking at the perfect moment.
Okada has plenty of respect for Paraguay and their aggressive offense.
“They’re a team that knows how to play when it really counts,” said Japan’s coach. “They push forward in numbers and switch quickly from defense to attack.”