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    If things go to form it seems like a Uraguay,Argentina,Brazil and Portugal semi line up.So basically its 3 South Americans and a European that can be mistaken for a South American.

    Ofcourse lot can happen in between.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xuhaib View Post
    If things go to form it seems like a Uraguay,Argentina,Brazil and Portugal semi line up.So basically its 3 South Americans and a European that can be mistaken for a South American.

    Ofcourse lot can happen in between.
    The US are probably stronger than Uruguay, I think. More well-rounded side and keener in front of goal.

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    The US are probably stronger than Uruguay, I think. More well-rounded side and keener in front of goal.

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    Uruguay are better organised and have the quality to score, when they actually commit to attacking that is. USA are a relatively well drilled side with little quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xuhaib View Post
    If things go to form it seems like a Uraguay,Argentina,Brazil and Portugal semi line up.So basically its 3 South Americans and a European that can be mistaken for a South American.

    Ofcourse lot can happen in between.
    Yes, because if Spain win their group I'd back them to beat Portugal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superkingdave View Post
    Why on earth are we considering bringing Carragher back? Struggling to think of a slower international player.
    I'd be appalled - Upson looked a huge improvement imo. All that being said, there's now talk of King playing.

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    Yes, because if Spain win their group I'd back them to beat Portugal.
    Think that could end up being rather spiteful like the Brazil v Portugal game. Portugal are very strong defensively and could certainly get a goal themselves against Spain's shaky defence. I think to beat Portugal and these other defensive sides you need quality crosses. Spain like to walk the ball in the net. Argentina were doing the same thing against Greece and getting completely nowhere until a goal from a corner - it was an ugly goal but it all came from the quality ball into the danger area. For me Spain v Portugal would be a toss up.

    Anyway here's hoping Spain are dumped out of the World Cup tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaly piscine View Post
    Think that could end up being rather spiteful like the Brazil v Portugal game. Portugal are very strong defensively and could certainly get a goal themselves against Spain's shaky defence. I think to beat Portugal and these other defensive sides you need quality crosses. Spain like to walk the ball in the net. Argentina were doing the same thing against Greece and getting completely nowhere until a goal from a corner - it was an ugly goal but it all came from the quality ball into the danger area. For me Spain v Portugal would be a toss up.

    Anyway here's hoping Spain are dumped out of the World Cup tonight.
    Nah! unlike Italy and Les Crap they are actually capable of playing good football worldcup would be poorer without them ofcourse i am looking at it from a neutral perspective.

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    Just to confirm then, last two fixtures:

    Brazil V Chile
    Spain V Portgual

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    I am really impressed with Spain. They didn’t lose some 14 games coming into the world cup before they lost their opening game to Switzerland but I have liked what I have seen. Brazil, as I said, is a strong, strong team and it is showing exactly that. The only thing which worries me regarding Argentina is their weak defense. USA is nicely placed in the first quarter. They are the 14th ranked team in the world and have a real chance of reaching as far as the semis which would be great for US football.

    My predictions for round 2 –

    Uruguay v Korea Republic – Uruguay
    United States v Ghana – USA
    Holland v Slovakia – Holland
    Brazil v Chile – Brazil (Chance of upset given Chile came 2nd in South America if I am not wrong).
    Argentina v Mexico – Argentina
    Germany v England – Germany
    Paraguay v Japan – Japan
    Spain v Portugal – Spain (Game of the round)

    Quarters –

    Uruguay v USA – USA
    Holland v Brazil – Brazil
    Argentina v Germany – Argentina
    Japan v Spain – Spain

    Semis

    USA v Brazil – Brazil
    Argentina v Spain – Spain (Argentina’s weak defense showing up)

    Finals


    Brazil v Spain – Brazil

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    All five South American nations through to the last 16. They've all looked good too, which is a first in World Cups I've seen.

    Could see four of them making it to the last 8 too.
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    Yep, I reckon four will make the last eight. Can guarantee you the dirty stinking Argies will go no further than though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratters View Post
    (Chance of upset given Chile came 2nd in South America if I am not wrong).
    You aren't.

    But Brazil have won their last six clashes, with a goal difference of 25-3. I suppose you could argue Chile are due to keep a clean sheet.

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