Sports book gambling attention will focus on defending champion Italy in Group F as they are the prohibitive gambling in sports favorite with an opening match against Paraguay.
Paraguay may face steep odds for that Monday, June 14 World Cup betting matchup with Italy but they are not without ability and hope for a potential upset. This will be their eighth appearance in the World Cup with a best finish in 2002 when they made the round of 16 before losing to France.
They were the silver medal winning team in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games which offers gamblers some credibility. Paraguay currently ranks 30th in the FIFA world rankings.
Manager Gerardo Martino is actually from Argentina and has coached the team since 2007. He has won titles in the Paraguay professional league.
Paraguay was a sports book gambling surprise in the qualifying stages prior to the World Cup as they actually won more games than World Cup betting powerhouse Brazil and were five points clear of another well known South American powerhouse Argentina while ranking slightly behind Chile.
Grouped with Italy, New Zealand, and Slovakia, Paraguay is considered a sports book gambling favorite to emerge as the second team from Group F behind the Italians.
Striker Roque Santa Cruz is the main asset for Paraguay with the World Cup betting odds. He is a star for Manchester City of the English Premier League. In a tragedy, one of Paraguay’s best players, Salvador Cabañas, was shot in the head in Mexico this past January and may not ever play again although he has made a near miraculous recovery.
Santa Cruz will be the gambling in sports key for Paraguay as he is the one man that can put the ball in the net.
Paraguay is primarily a defensive oriented team that may draw a lot of over/under totals attention with the World Cup gambling board as an “under” team. After facing Italy they will meet up with Slovakia on June 20 and New Zealand on June 24.