So after two rounds of games how do our pre-tournament predictions stack-up?
Well our tip and the bookies favourites, Brazil, have got off to very good start with 6 points out of 6. They stormed to a 3-0 lead at half-time against Egypt but allowed the Egyptians back into the game to make it 3-2 which made for a nervy finish. In their second game however, they were rampant with Neymar and new Chelsea-boy Oscar in great form. Neymarís superb back-heel set up Oscar to finish what so far is one of the goals of the tournament. Brazilís odds have shortened considerably to 1.65 with Betfair. This is an extremely low price which is in part due to the shock exit of the Spanish.
Yep. Thatís right, the Spanish have been extremely disappointing this tournament. Defeats to both Japan and Honduras has seen the Spanish exit the tournament with a game still to play. They have attempted to be more attacking than the senior team with only one holding midfielder which has left them extremely vulnerable at the back. Also, they have not been good enough going forward, not scoring a goal in either game. Anyone who had the foresight to lay the Spanish will be laughing now.
Uruguay were the next favourites but they look like they will be heading for an early exit. They beat United Arab Emirates in their first game but succumbed to a physical Senegalese team Ė who played most of the game with 10 men Ė in their second game. The strike-force of Cavani and Suarez have not really been firing and it looks as if the players canít get motivated for the tournament. They need a victory against Great Britain to ensure their qualification. The Uruguayans odds have lengthened to 13 with Betfred.
Great Britain have had a solid if unspectacular start. They took the lead against the Senegalese but looked tired in the last 30 minutes of the game and conceded the equaliser. A standing ovation for Bellamy, currently of Liverpool and formally of Man City, at Old Trafford may be a first. He gave his all in the match and was unlucky not get a penalty after a crunching tackle just inside the box. Against the UAE they started well and took an early lead. Again however, they looked tired around 60 minutes and the UAE started to grow in confidence before scoring the equaliser. A howler from the UAE goalkeeper allowed Scott Sinclair to score with his first touch of the game. Daniel Sturridge, who looked much sharper, scored a delectable chip to seal the win after a nice through-ball from Cleverly. They remain best priced at 10s with Coral.
So after quite a few shocks, we still struggle to look past the impressive Brazilians. Although Great Britain seem to be growing in confidence and Sturridge is looking sharp after his bought of meningitis. They just need to learn to shut out games and avoid the lull they have suffered in their last two games, bring on the Uraguians.
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