Two of the World Cup’s dark horses face off in pre-tournament friendly
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Greece and Paraguay are both big outsiders for the World Cup, but they each have fairly decent draws, and will be confident of getting beyond the group stage then, as Greece showed in Euro 2004, anything can happen.
The two meet on Wednesday for a friendly, with Paraguay the 6/4 (Coral) favourites to win the game, and that price is arguably a little on the big side. Greece have not been very convincing recently, and a loss to a poor Senegal side and a draw with North Korea means that they can’t be backed, at 2/1 (WilliamHill) with any confidence.
Roque Santa Cruz (11/2, SportingBet) and Oscar Cardozo (6/1, SportingBet) are the big names in the Paraguay side, but Lucas Barrios was impressive against both Republic of Ireland and Ivory Coast, scoring from the substitutes bench in each game, and he should be rewarded with a starting spot. If so, take a punt on the Argentinian born striker opening the scoring at 5/1 (SportingBet).
Win Market – Paraguay (6/4, Coral)
First Goalscorer – Lucas Barrios (5/1, SportingBet)