The Quarter- Finals are nearly upon us and it has thrown up some fantastic match-ups. Their are only three Continents left in the World Cup, Africa, Europe and the mighty South Americans. Here’s a look at my predictions for this the final eight of the 2010 World Cup.
BRAZIL v HOLLAND
Brazil have looked unstoppable since they narrowly defeated the North Koreans 2-1 in their opening match, with that goal the only one conceded by the Brazilians thus far. While the Dutch have been quietly going about their business with four wins from four also. With their emphasis on a strong defensive unit and attacking down both flanks I can see them beating the Brazilians, if they can learn to stop fighting amongst one another they can go all the way to the Final.
URUGUAY v GHANA
Ghana were superb in the first-half against the United States but seemed to run out of ideas in the second letting their opponents back into the game, their tactics of shoot-on-sight can be frustrating to watch but has got them this far so they won’t complain. Uruguay have shown the best attacking soccer of the tournament with both their strikers shown they have an eye for goal and I expect them to be no different against Ghana.
GERMANY v ARGENTINA
Both teams won their last games in controversial circumstances while still looking the better teams on the night. Their is no love lost between these two teams and I expect this game to be a card fest, but think Germany will triumph as Argentina seem too crumble when under pressure.
SPAIN v PARAGUAY
Paraguay served up a bore draw against Japan before winning through on penalties, while Spain beat Portugal 1-0 in an equally boring game. I expect Spain to win this comfortably but the way Spanish keeper Iker Casillas has been performing of late their may be an up-set on the cards, but I still expect a Spain win