World Cup Preview: Germany vs. Costa Rica, England vs. Paraguay, Serbia-Montenegro vs. Netherlands

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Over the next three days there are three key games will be analyzing. That's not to say there won't be upsets with the other matchups, however, the games in question are less lopsided in terms of talent with the exception perhaps of Germany vs. Costa Rica, which has analyzed due to the fact that it is the premiere game of the 2006 World Cup.

World Cup Preview: Germany vs. Costa Rica - The Ticos have been hit with injuries to key players and lost three consecutive matches heading into the opener against the Germans. They have been outscored 8-2 in losses to World Cup participants Iran (3-2), Ukraine (4-0) and Czech Republic (1-0). The only bright light may be that they are 2-1-1 against European opponents in World Cup play.

But Costa Rica will not give up without a fight. Coach Alexandre Guimaraes will count on striker Paulo Wanchope, currently without team, to give the German defense a reason to worry.

In five previous encounters, Germany have never lost a match against a team from the CONCACAF zone, with four wins and one draw.

This will be the first time these two teams face one another.

" lists Costa Rica with odds of 6.00 to be the first team sent off," Christopher Costigan, President of, pointed out. "Germany was still listed with 8.50 odds of winning outright. This is equivalent to 8.5 to 1 odds or win US$8.50 for every $1.00 bet. Costa Rica would payout US$13.00 for every US$1.00 bet and 5 to 1 odds on the draw."

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World Cup Preview: England vs. Paraguay - The next matchup should prove interesting: England vs. Paraguay.

While team England looks to be among the most impressive in this year's World Cup, Paraguay should give them a run for their money.

Led by head coach Anibal Mano Ruiz, Paraguay could have enough talent to emerge beyond the group stages once again in this year's tournament.

The team will continue to rely on the efforts of goalkeeper Justo Villar, who comes into the World Cup with loads of experience and leadership.

"Paraguay is a decent team," Costigan stated. "They would pay out 7 to 1 odds with a win and 3.50 to 1 odds on the draw. England is a relatively small favorite vs. Paraguay in this matchup with odds that payout approximately US$170 for every US$100 bet. England, though they are the second favorite to win after Brazil at, pay US$11 for every $1 bet. Those are great odds!"

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World Cup Preview: Serbia & Montenegro vs. Holland - This is another matchup that will be monitoring closely.

Holland is considered among the better teams with odds of 19.00 or 19 to 1 of winning the World Cup. Serbia & Montenegro has odds of 34.00 or 34 to 1.

"Holland is nearly an even favorite in this matchup while Serbia & Montenegro would pay out nearly US$450 for every US$100 bet. This matchup is a good candidate for a 'draw' also with odds that payout approximately US$200 for every US$100 bet."

The Los Angeles Times, in fact, makes the claim that "Serbia and Montenegro is virtually impossible to defeat, having gone unbeaten in qualifying and yielding only one goal."

This will not be an easy matchup for Holland.

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