Saturday, June 24, 2006

World Cup 2nd Round Predictions - Revised 6/24/2006

Here are my revised predictions for the 2nd Round of the World Cup.

Germany vs. Sweden
I had originally picked the Swede's to knock Germany off in this round. That was before Sweden realyy didn't get its act together and compiled 2 draws in the first round. Germany has shown that Klinsmann's work ethic and attacking style has finally paid off. I got Germany to move onto the Quarter Finals.
Prediction: Germany 2 - 0 Sweden

Argentina vs. Mexico
Mexico doesn't have a clue, or a chance. They lost 2-0 to a Portugal side that would lose to the Argentina juggernaut. Argentina easily, despite what Alexi Lalas (what an asshole) says.
Prediction: Argentina 3 - 1 Mexico

England vs. Ecuador
England gets its act together and Rooney scores his first World Cup Goal. Ecuador's run ends up short.
Prediction: England 2 - 1 Ecuador

Portugal vs. Netherlands
Portugal went 3-0 in the group phase, which for them was an easy group pahse with mexico being their only main concern. They get their first World Cup test of the 2006 tournament and they will fail that test. The Netherlands will come out and grind out a victory, most likely off of a set piece goal.
Prediction: Portugal 1 - 2 Netherlands

Italy vs. Australia
I like the Aussie's, but they go home after this match. The Italians will come out and control the mindifled and get their mirical goal and move onto the Quater Finals.
Prediction: Italy 1 - 0 Australia

Switzerland vs. Ukraine
I have no idea. The Ukraine were dumpded out of their first match, then came back against two lesser sides to qualify for the second round. Switzerland held France to 0 goals and went on to win their group. I see Switzerland moving on.
Prediction: Switzerland 2 - 1 Ukraine

Brazil vs. Ghana
I am now a Ghana supporter. However they will not have Michael Essien in the midfield, but will be with their two goal scorers Sulley Muntari and Asamoah Gyan. If Brazil comes out and moves the ball as they did against Japan...Brazil moves on.
Prediction: Brazil 2 - 1 Ghana

Spain vs. France
Les Blues...they are an enigma. Spain are not. Spain is going to be the power team of the tournament. The French get a quick trip home. At least they did n't have to play the Germans.
Prediction: Spain 3 - 0 France


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