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Pre-game: Brazil vs Chile (28 Jun 2010)

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Pre-game: Brazil vs Chile (28 Jun 2010)Match Details
Brazil-Chile, Semi-Finals, Johannesburg – JSC, Wednesday 28 June, 20.30 (local time)

Why Chile would win?

Chile is enjoying success in the group stage as they have shown how strong their defense and ability to score goals. They are playing well and Marcelo Bielsa who is the coach of Chile has raised the bar for these guys.

Why Brazil would win?

Brazil is Brazil and when Kaka is back after serving a suspension, Brazil is formidable together with Robinho and Fabiano.

Brazil is expected to make it all the way to the title.

Key Takeaway

Brazil is looking to move deeper into the tournament as they have the title set in their sights. Chile who were destroyed by Brazil in the pre-finals is going to have a tough time on this.

Liveblogging for this game is found here — Liveblogging: Brazil vs Chile (21 Jun 2010)

    

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Pre-game: Netherlands vs Slovakia (28 Jun 2010)

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Pre-game: Netherlands vs Slovakia (28 Jun 2010)Match Details
Netherlands-Slovakia, Semi-finals, Johannesburg – JSC, Wednesday 28 June, 16.00 (local time)

Why Slovakia would win?

Slovakia disposed defending champion Italy and if they play the way they played in their last game then this team has a chance of winning against Netherlands. Slovakia is a young team who can run their opponents well.

Why Netherlands would win?

This team has enough firepower to make it deep into the finals. They haven’t encountered resistance or problems in the group stage and with the return of star dutch man Arjen Robben, things are looking well good for this team.

Key Takeaway

This is a very important game for everyone and whoever loses bows down from the tournament. Netherlands didn’t have any problems since the games began and they are confident they can win this game.

Liveblogging for this game is found here — Liveblogging: Netherlands vs Slovakia (21 Jun 2010)

    

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Pre-game: Switzerland vs Honduras (25 Jun 2010)

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Pre-game: Switzerland vs Honduras  (25 Jun 2010)Match Details
Switzerland-Honduras, Group H, Mangaung / Bloemfontein, Friday 25 June, 20.30 (local time)

Why Honduras would win?

Heart. Determination. Skills and History would not get this team a victory over Switzerland. They have a glimmer of hope as Switzerland is playing without star defender Philippe Senderos and they could just squeeze a goal for their country.

Honduras still have a shot to the final 16 if Spain lose badly against Chile and they win this match with more goals than Spain’s final goal difference count.

Why Switzerland would win?

Switzerland has never lost to a CONCACAF team (Honduras belongs to that qualification) and they can win a slot to the final 16 team if they win with two more goals against Honduras regardless of the Spain vs Chile game.

Key Takeaway

Honduras cannot worry about Spain vs Chile match as they only have this game on their control. Switzerland can still advance and they are going for the win. Expect an exciting game.

Liveblogging for this game is found here — Liveblogging: Switzerland vs Honduras (25 Jun 2010)

    

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Pre-game: Chile vs Spain (25 Jun 2010)

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Pre-game: Chile vs Spain (25 Jun 2010)Match Details
Chile-Spain, Group G, Johannesburg – JEP, Wednesday 23 June, 20.30 (local time)

Why Spain would win?

This is a very important match as Spain is fighting for life and for their next round booking. Spain is powered by Fernando Torres, David Villa and history where Spain have always beaten Chile. Their record against this team is remarkable — 7 wins, 1 draw, scoring 18 goals and conceding only 3.

But then again, we have seen how France has bowed out of group stage, how defending champions Italy was beaten by Slovakia which is a team everyone dismissed before the tournament began.

Why Chile would win?

This team has not yet lost and they have shown how committed they are in winning. This team also has three star players in Bravo, Orellana, and Suazo playing for the Spanish league which gives them mastery of their opponents tonight.

Key Takeaway

As I said, favorites have gone out of this tournament badly beaten (France, Italy), Chile might just add Spain to the list of big name losers this year.

Liveblogging for this game is found here — Liveblogging: Chile vs Spain (21 Jun 2010)

    

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Pre-game: Korea DPR vs Côte d’Ivoire (25 Jun 2010)

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Pre-game: Korea DPR vs Côte d'Ivoire (25 Jun 2010)Match Details
Korea DPR-Ivory Coast, Group G, Nelspruit, Friday 25 June, 16.00 (local time)

Why Ivory Coast would win?

Ivory Coast drew against Portugal and gave Brazil a good fight that could have ended in a draw as well.

Didier Drogba, one of the best players in the world is playing hurt but as a team they are gritty on defense and can get Drogba to score a goal against their opponent. On a lesser goalkeeper for Korea DPR, Ivory Coast should score more goals than they had in the previous games..

Why Korea DPR would win?

Humiliated by Portugal on a seven goal barrage, the most number in this FIFA World Cup history; Korea DPR should be mad dogs fighting for respect in this tournament. Carrying their country’s name should be more than enough to expect a good win from this squad.

Key Takeaway

This is a no bearing game (unless Ivory Coast scores ten goals or more) but both of these do not want to go out losing especially with their country’s flag on the line. Expect both these teams fighting for a win.

Liveblogging for this game is found here — Liveblogging: Korea DPR vs Côte d’Ivoire (25 Jun 2010)

    

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Pre-game: Portugal vs Brazil (25 Jun 2010)

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Pre-game: Portugal vs Brazil (25 Jun 2010)Match Details
Portugal-Brazil, Group G, Durban, Friday 25 June, 16.00 (local time)

Why Brazil would win?

Brazil runs the ball with Robinho, Silva, and Fabiano with great skill, smooth orchestration, solid execution, that deliver goal after goal.

Kaka is suspended for this game but the remaining players are more than enough to make a good run.

This team has a solid defense but their offense make their defense shine less as this team simply controls possession of the ball 3/4 of the time.

Brazil has proven their consistency and managed to win all their games in FIFA World Cup 2010.

This team is going to come out blazing.

Why Portugal would win?

Portugal is a determined team anchored on Cristiano Ronaldo who the best player in the world behind only to Argentine Lionel Messi.

They has scored a draw against Ivory Coast and doubts were cast on their ability to win especially when Ivory Coast main man, Didier Drogba was playing hurt.

With their backs against the wall vs Korea DPR, they scored 7 goals, the highest in this tournament and the highest in Portugal World Cup history. While Korea DPR is an inferior team, Brazil didn’t score half the goals Portugal did against them.

Key Takeaway

This is the most anticipated game of the group stage where two high profile, high caliber, winning teams meet.

Both these teams boast a number of the best players in the world and expect this match to be electrifying.

Liveblogging for this game is found here — Liveblogging: Portugal vs Brazil (25 Jun 2010)

    

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Pre-game: Cameroon vs Netherlands (24 Jun 2010)

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Pre-game: Cameroon vs Netherlands (24 Jun 2010)Match Details
Cameroon-Netherlands, Group E, Cape Town, Thursday 24 June, 20.30 (local time)

Why Netherlands would win?

The Dutchmen are on top of their group standing and all they need to do is score goals, something they are very efficient on doing.

This team have enough pride to score another win and finish on top of their group standings alongside Argentina and possible Brazil.

Why Cameroon would win?

Cameroon has not won neither did they draw any of their games. They have not yet scored a point and they do not want to end up alongside Korea DPR and Honduras. This team is going to play freely and could use that to their advantage.

Key Takeaway

Liveblogging for this game is found here — Liveblogging: Cameroon vs Netherlands (24 Jun 2010)

    

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Pre-game: Denmark vs Japan (24 Jun 2010)

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Pre-game: Denmark vs Japan (24 Jun 2010)Match Details
Denmark-Japan, Group E, Rustenburg, Thursday 24 June, 20.30 (local time)

Why Japan would win?

Japan has proven their defense can hold. They did not allow Cameroon to score and managed to sneak one on them. Against Netherlands, Japan only allowed one goal against a team that can score two to three goals in a game. Japan plays tough and solid defense and waits for the right counterattack.

Why Denmark would win?

Denmark has made it to the next round in the last three FIFA World Cup appearances and this team would want to win while a draw could get them to the next round because of their superior goal difference.

Denmark needs to check their defense if they want to win, they have no problems scoring but they have also given up goals to opponents more than they should.

Key Takeaway

This is a pressure packed match as Japan is playing to win because a draw would not be enough for them. Denmark is not taking any chances and would want to score and win this game instead of tying the score and risk Japan sneaking in a goal.

Liveblogging for this game is found here — Liveblogging: Denmark vs Japan (24 Jun 2010)

    

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Pre-game: Paraguay vs New Zealand (24 Jun 2010)

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Pre-game: Paraguay vs New Zealand (24 Jun 2010)Match Details
Paraguay-New Zealand, Group F, Polokwane, Thursday 24 June, 16.00 (local time)

Why New Zealand would win?

New Zealand cannot afford to draw this game, they need to win badly and score more goals if a tie with Italy happens. This team is resilient as they never gave up against Slovakia and managed to put a goal to draw the game.

Why Paraguay would win?

Paraguay is on top of the group standings, they have beaten Slovakia by two goals to none while New Zealand barely tied their match. Paraguay only needs a draw to move to the next round. This team is not taking any chances and would play as safe as they can.

Key Takeaway

Results of this game is very important for both of them as well as to either Italy or Slovakia. Expect both these teams playing tough and determined.

Liveblogging for this game is found here — Liveblogging: Paraguay vs New Zealand (24 Jun 2010)

    

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Pre-game: Slovakia vs Italy (24 Jun 2010)

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Pre-game: Slovakia vs Italy (24 Jun 2010)Match Details
Slovakia-Italy, Group F, Johannesburg – JEP, Thursday 24 June, 16.00 (local time)

Why Italy would win?

Italy is not playing the way they did four years ago but good news for this team since they are playing against the lowest in their group Slovakia. Cannavaro is a step behind and Italy is not playing as a unit but a draw is all they need to advance to the next round as most likely Paraguay is going to win against New Zealand.

Why Slovakia would win?

As I said Italy is not playing well and when a team is in disarray, older and steps behind then you can have your chance. Slovakia can sneak in as long as they are patient. Italy can’t defend the way they did often making mistakes on defense and Slovakia needs to have the right timing to score a goal. If Slovakia wins they have a chance of advancing provided Paraguay wins.

Key Takeaway

This is a must win for both teams. Both these teams can still make it past the next round and the only thing they needs to worry about is to win this game.

Liveblogging for this game is found here — Liveblogging: Slovakia vs Italy (24 Jun 2010)

    

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