FIFA World Cup Pre-game - page 3

Pre-game: Australia vs Serbia (23 Jun 2010)

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Pre-game: Australia vs Serbia (23 Jun 2010)Match Details
Australia-Serbia, Group D, Nelspruit, Wednesday 23 June, 20.30 (local time)

Why Serbia would win?

Serbia is much stronger on paper compared to Australia and they are riding high with their win against Germany, a historic feat for this club. Serbia is looking to seal the next round with a win.

Why Australia would win?

Australia needs a miracle to move to the next round as they have never beaten a European country in FIFA World Cup finals. Everything has a first time and Australia hope this is the one.

Key Takeaway

Both of these teams are looking for a win to get to the next round. They know what is at stake and would be fighting for the win.

Liveblogging for this game is found here — Liveblogging: Australia vs Serbia (23 Jun 2010)

    

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Pre-game: Ghana vs Germany (23 Jun 2010)

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Pre-game: Ghana vs Germany (23 Jun 2010)Match Details
Ghana-Germany, Group D, Johannesburg – JSC, Wednesday 23 June, 20.30 (local time)

Why Germany would win?

Germany is relentless and their never say die attitude have saved them many times over. They have never failed to qualify to the next round and these guys aren’t starting this year. They would fight for every possession and score as many goals as they can. They have proven they can win big games and this is no different.

Why Ghana would win?

This is one of the best teams of Ghana and Asamoah Gyan who scored in every game is in rhythm. He would look for his break into the game and could carry this team to win.

Key Takeaway

This is a very important game for Germany and they cannot afford to become the first team to fail in the group stage. Expect these guys to come out strong early on.

Ghana knows this is their best shot to move deeper into the tournament, and Gyan and his team mates are going to do everything they can to stop Germany.

This is going to be an exciting game.

Liveblogging for this game is found here — Liveblogging: Ghana vs Germany (23 Jun 2010)

    

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Pre-game: Slovenia vs England (23 Jun 2010)

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Pre-game: Slovenia vs England (23 Jun 2010)Match Details
Slovenia-England, Group C, Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth, Wednesday 23 June, 16.00 (local time)

Why England would win?

England doesn’t want to go down in history as the team that failed to reach the next round after 52 years of successful run. England still has the best players on the field and as long as they can play as a team, they can easily win this game.

Why Slovenia would win?

Slovenia is enjoying one of their best run FIFA World Cup campaigns and they are now on top of group C. Expect these guys to be fueled by success and they will fight for this game to ensure they would finish on top.

Key Takeaway

England needs to put their differences away and avoid a first round exit. Steven Gerrard and John Terry who are the most senior members of this team needs to put their guys together and get this win.

Slovenia is going to capitalize on their recent success and they are inspired to continue the run against England.

Liveblogging for this game is found here — Liveblogging: Slovenia vs England (23 Jun 2010)

    

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Pre-game: Greece vs Argentina (22 Jun 2010)

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Pre-game: Greece vs Argentina (22 Jun 2010)Match Details
Greece-Argentina, Group B, Polokwane, Tuesday 22 June, 20.30 (local time)

Why Argentina would win?

They have the best player in the world in Lionel Messi, they have Higuain who just scored a hat trick and has the ability to score more goals. Argentina has played and attacked as a team and they are one well oiled machine right now.

Why Greece would win?

Greece confidence is high as they won their first FIFA World Cup game against Nigeria. They are looking to defend well and wait for their scoring chance. Hopefully they can get one from Argentina.

Key Takeaway

Argentina is favored to win this game and it would take destiny of gigantic proportions for Greece to win against Argentina.

Liveblogging for this game is found here — Liveblogging: Greece vs Argentina (22 Jun 2010)

    

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Pre-game: Nigeria vs Korea Republic (22 Jun 2010)

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Pre-game: Nigeria vs Korea Republic (22 Jun 2010)Match Details
Nigeria-Korea Republic, Group B, Durban, Tuesday 22 June, 20.30 (local time)

Why Korea Republic would win?

Korea Republic defends well and Argentina did not score a hat trick or tons of goal against them. Korea Republic remained focus in the game even if their opponent has scored the goal. They alway have the heart to sneak one goal against the opponent.

Why Nigeria would win?

Another South African nation that relies on heart and the crowd. They can be inspired by the crowd to defend consistently and score a goal for the win.

Key Takeaway

Korea Republic will want to win this game to make sure they move to the next round. This team is not taking any chances and are looking to bury their opponent with two more goals or much more.

Liveblogging for this game is found here — Liveblogging: Nigeria vs Korea Republic (22 Jun 2010)

    

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Pre-game: France vs South Africa (22 Jun 2010)

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Pre-game: France vs South Africa (22 Jun 2010)Match Details
France-South Africa, Group A, Mangaung / Bloemfontein, Tuesday 22 June, 16.00 (local time)

Why South Africa would win?

This is South Africa and you would be surprised how much power morale boost and the crowd can do to your spirits. South Africa is on a must win situation and needs a favor on the Uruguay and Mexico game if they are to reach the next round.

Why France would win?

France has a lot of superstar players in Gallas, Ribery to name a few and France is always expected to win the group stage. This team played in the final game against Italy in 2006 FIFA World Cup and they could have won the game if Zidane was not ejected out.

Key Takeaway

We have learned in this tournament not to underestimate lower ranked teams and South Africa would be powered by their hearts to win this one. They cannot think about the Mexico vs Uruguay game, as they can only control the outcome of their game against France.

Liveblogging for this game is found here — Liveblogging: France vs South Africa (22 Jun 2010)

    

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Pre-game: Mexico vs Uruguay (22 Jun 2010)

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Pre-game: Mexico vs Uruguay (22 Jun 2010)Match Details
Mexico-Uruguay, Group A, Rustenburg, Tuesday 22 June, 20.30 (local time)

Why Uruguay would win?

This is said to be the best team of Uruguay in football history and they are powered by a determined Diego Forlan who scored two goals against South Africa. Expect this team to play fast, organized and smooth on the field.

Why Mexico would win?

Mexico doesn’t give up on attack and they shown how relentless they are on attacking the defense. This is a young and gun team and is also inspired by veterans like Blanco who was relied upon for free kick goal on the penalty box which he easily converts.

Key Takeaway

France and South Africa are hoping that one of these teams would get beaten badly. If Uruguay and Mexico ends up in a draw then both of them have the biggest chance of entering the next round. Both these teams are going to play tough throughout the game.

Liveblogging for this game is found here — Liveblogging: Mexico vs Uruguay (22 Jun 2010)

    

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Pre-game: Spain vs Honduras (21 Jun 2010)

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Pre-game: Spain vs Honduras (21 Jun 2010)Match Details
Spain-Honduras, Group H, Johannesburg – JEP, Monday 21 June, 20.30 (local time)

Why Honduras would win?

I seriously think that the best chance for Honduras on this game is to draw against Spain and they would rely heavily on their goalkeeper Noel Valladares to make the saves.

Why Spain would win?

Spain is upset, and these players got a good word from their coaching staff while the coaching staff probably got a good word from people up in their country.

Spain needs to bounce back and they will do it led by Fernando Torres and David Villa.

Key Takeaway

This is a very important game and the loser would say good bye to the next stage. Expect Spain to score in the first half. They have a lot of rage waiting to explode tonight.

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

    

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Pre-game: Chile vs Switzerland (21 Jun 2010)

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Pre-game: Chile vs Switzerland (21 Jun 2010)Match Details
Chile-Switzerland, Group H, Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth, Monday 21 June, 16.00 (local time)

Why Switzerland would win?

Switzerland came off a historic win against powerhouse Spain. These guys were able to hold their own on defense as they survived a barrage of shots on goal by Spain. They looking for win as this would secure their place on the next round.

Why Chile would win?

Chile have shown how fast they can attack individually and as a team against Honduras. They would employ the same technique against Switzerland looking to score a goal on the process. They have seen how Spain launched a large number of shots on goal which was either caught by the goalkeeper or deflected by their defense. These guys surely have found a way to break into that.

Key Takeaway

Both of these teams are playing for assurance to move into the next round and loss here would mean they have to rely on Spain for their fate. Neither would want that to happen because in this game, their destiny is in their hands.

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

    

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Pre-game: Portugal vs Korea DPR (21 Jun 2010)

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Pre-game: Portugal vs Korea DPR (21 Jun 2010)Match Details
Portugal-Korea DPR, Group G, Cape Town, Monday 21 June, 13.30 (local time)

Why Korea DPR would win?

Korea DPR showed a lot of toughness on defense against Brazil as they did not concede a goal until more than an hour later. Even when Brazil scored the goal, Korea DPR came back with their own goal as a signal that these guys play with a lot of heart.

These guys are fast on team defense, and counterattacks quickly. They do not hold possession on the ball as long as their opponent but they can definitely stop attacks.

Why Portugal would win?

Cristiano Ronaldo. Portugal just came in a draw against Ivory Coast which got beaten badly by Brazil. This team has underachieved on the world stage and Cristiano Ronaldo knows his reputation is on the line. He would come up big and score a goal or two. Even if he doesn’t score, this guy will orchestrate the offense and rub it off on his teammates.

Key Takeaway

This is critical for Portugal as they only have one point and their last game would be against Brazil. If they lose or draw this match then they would be in trouble as Ivory Coast is most likely to beat Korea DPR.

Liveblogging for this game is found here — Liveblogging: Portugal vs Korea DPR (21 Jun 2010)

    

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