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Spain vs portugal preview: 2010 world cup odds

Spain vs Portugal Preview: 2010 World Cup Odds

See ya later England, we hardly knew yee Italia, better luck in 2014 USA, tough Round of 16 draw Chile…we are now down to the last few games before we head to the quarter finals.

Some countries are starting to feel a tad euphoric, while others are wallowing in despair (see England, Italy and France)

Now we have a huge matchup left on the schedule in the Round of 16, as Portugal will try and pull off an upset of Spain on Tuesday.

The appetizer for this match, Japan vs. Paraguay, should also deliver one of the best matches of the tournament to this point.

Going into Tuesday’s tilt, online sportsbooks have the Spaniards are favored at -114, the Portuguese are listed as +266 underdogs, with a draw paying out at +184 and the Over/Under is set at 2.5.

Spain was tied for the Group H lead with Chile and advanced by virtue of a 2-0-1 record straight up.

Spain managed to score four goals in the first-round of the tournament (they have 1 Over and 2 Unders so far in World Cup 2010), with forward David Villa carrying the bulk of the load, netting three goals.

Portugal made it out of this tournament’s Group of Death (G), finishing with a record that consisted of one win and two draws; the Portuguese were second to Brazil in Group G.

The Portuguese are one of the highest-scoring teams in the tournament with 7 goals for and 0 against. However, you’re going to want to note that all of the goals came in a 7-0 smackdown vs. the North Koreans.

Portugal has spread their offense out more than Spain, with midfielder Tiago leading his teammates with two goals and five other players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, tied for second with a single goal, but again, the scoring all came in that wipeout.

Like Spain, the Portuguese have 1 Over and 2 Unders so far in the tournament.

Hey if you think Portugal can rack up another big win, you can bet on that at Sportsbook.

The odds of a Portuguese victory by six or more goals is +9000, while the odds of a Spanish victory by six or more is +8000…I don’t even think those odds are high enough, suffice to say there is almost no possibility of either of those results coming in for bettors.

Brian Taylor, manager from SPORTSBETTING.com, talked a bit about the action on this one. «As expected, this one is attracting quite a bit of attention from our players, similar numbers to England-Germany and the USA-Ghana match. Right now Spain has 31% of the action, but the draw is the most popular option so far, with 41%. 28% have bet on Portugal scoring an upset.»

I’m looking forward to this one.

Enjoy the action.

World cup 2010- a very tactical japan beat cameroon, 1-0

World Cup 2010- A very Tactical Japan Beat Cameroon, 1-0

The Japanese team earned a major victory in their opening debut at the South Africa World Cup 2010, after beating Cameroon, 1-0. In a dull and somewhat close game, Japan found itself ahead 38 minutes into the first half, after a center pass by midfielder Daisuke Matsui was transformed into a goal by Keisuke Honda.

It is the first time that the Nipponese’s win a game in a World Cup besides the 2002 tournament, when as co-hosts with South Korea they got two victories and reached the second round.

In a game in which both teams’ offensive ends were mostly ineffective in the final meters of the area, Japan still managed to prevail thanks to their short game. They created fast plays that complicated the play for the Cameroonians, who were more physical but slower than the Japanese.

The game started with very few offensive opportunities for both teams. The game’s was up to a point just frankly boring, despite both teams efforts to win this important game. They now have to face both favorites the Netherlands and Denmark.

It seemed as if the first half would end goalless, but Keisuke Honda finished off a play with a great shot against the Cameroon goalkeeper, to make the score 1-0 at minute 38.

Minutes later the first half ended with a 1-0 score in favor of the Japanese.

In the second half, the Cameroon team enters determined to tie the score. However, despite its effort, the Africans could not achieve the draw. The teams were conformed to maintain the duel in the midfield with sporadic counterattacks. 

The «African Lions» sought for the draw and were supported by Samuel Eto’o, who appeared very little, but who assisted Maxim Choupo-Moting in a play with just 9 minutes to go. But Maxim failed to score.

Again Cameroon failed to score in the 86th minute of the game, when Achille Eman? kicked a powerful shot that hit the Japanese’s goal crossbar. And just in supplementary timing, the team of Cameroon launched in the attack and witnessed as the goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima avoided the shot of Pierre Webo for the draw.

With this play, the game ended with the victory for the Japanese team, 1-0.

At the end of the match, Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen, was disappointed with the performance of his team, especially because he knew they didn’t play at their best. Also Le Guen alleged that this result makes the qualification for his team a bit more complicated.

«We were too nervous in the first half. We lost many, many balls because we were nervous and that is why I am disappointed tonight. They were not playing to their best of their ability and we were not able to release our potential this evening and that is really disappointing,» said Paul Le Guen.

With this result, Japan jumped well ahead of Group E with three points, but below the first place Netherlands, who beat Denmark 2-0 and leads by goal difference.

The Asians will face the Netherlands on June 19th in Durban, while Cameroon will try to stay alive in the tournament against Denmark on June 20th in Pretoria.

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