New Zealand can write some more history today with a win and advancement to the knockout stages. They’ll be facing the Paraguayans, one of the five South American squads that have been dominating this World Cup.
Meanwhile, Italy was expected to cruise their way through the group. Azzurri needs a win to to assure passage to the knockout stages. They’ll be taking on the Slovakians where were throttled by Paraguay last time out, but still have a chance to advance with a victory here.
In Group E, the Netherlands have already locked up a spot in the final stages, they’ll be playing a Cameroon squad that has already been eliminated. Denmark and Japan will be going head to head to determine just who makes it out of the group alongside the Dutch.
New Zealand v. Paraguay (10am)
I really don’t want to see this New Zealand story end. Paraguay have been solid throughout group play, earning a draw against Italy and dominating Slovakia. As much as I want the Kiwis in the knockout stages, good sense reigns supreme.
Prediction: Paraguay wins
Italy v. Slovakia (10am)
The Azzurri have to wake up at some point right? Italy have looked serviceable, but not great so far in this competition. Slovakia has the talent to make trouble here.
Netherlands v. Cameroon
Cameroon are playing for pride, Netherlands are going to be resting up for the knockout stages.
Prediction: Cameroon win
Japan v. Denmark (2:30 pm)
The formula is simple. Win and you’re in. Denmark is the better side here.
Prediction: Denmark win