Projected order of finish:
The 4-3-3 of a year ago has been replaced by a 4-3-1-2, although whether the languid skills of
Slovakia is a technical and progressive side, and the issue is whether it can impose its style over the stodgier approaches of Paraguay and Italy (assuming all three teams will beat New Zealand). Slovakia faces New Zealand first, so it should gets points on the board while one of its rivals drops points, and the danger for Paraguay is that it could effectively be out by the time it meets New Zealand.
But its opening game against Italy, in Cape Town on June 14, could be fascinating, particularly given Italy's history of starting tournaments slowly. The issue there will be whether Paraguay's midfield, and especially