Good reading there guys , ive went through each game in turn and filled in what i think the 1-X-2 will be and have come up with this as how i see the world cup going .
I wont bore you with every game but i can see the quater finals been
Holland V Brazil
France V England
USA V Argentina
Italy V Spain
Brazil V France
Argentina V Italy
Brazil V Italy (Brazil to win on penos for me )
Haven't looked at it long and hard cant really see Spain doing anything at all , i think they will only just scrape by Ivory coast who i have them down to meet after group stage .
A team is always ramped and Spain are the team this world cup , have an absolutely shocking record in the world cup , there are alot of reasons to go with Germany but just cant see it , i see the suprises coming from France and Italy both of whom i think will go further than Spain , I think England had a better chance a few months ago , they are basically depending on Rooney now and i think he is struggling after a long hard season as a lone striker .
Argentina are an amazing team alot has been said about them and maradona but i think they will pull together and do well just because of the occasion , I watched them play in the lashings or rain at high altitude and they were scrappy and playing poor , alot of there players play in europe and have to travel back and forth to play qualifying games so i dont read to much into there form in qualifying i suspect them to go very close .
Technically Germany and England cant win it imo and although Spain are a technical team i suspect them to really struggle , the pressure that comes with favouritism is hard to deal with and that leads me to Brazil who i think will be the team of the tournament been there done that , Brazil are the flare team who wont panic and can play with freedom , the ability to play with freedom is an immense factor imo they are not like an England player worried about making a mistake and been slated for years in the paper , you can see it in the play of Brazil and this will give them a massive edge .
I see Italy doing well because they are based on good principals and have a good mix of experience and discipline .
Anyway thats my insane ramblings , ill be having alot of bets based on these predictions , best of luck , good thread Craig .