World Cup predictions for today’s final Group C and Group D games featuring England, the USA and Germany

So now we know who progresses from World Cup Groups A and B. Better luck next time, South Africa. It was always going to be a tough call to qualify from that group; and the two best teams emerged from Group B – Argentina look devastating at times.

So what about today’s games?

Slovenia v England (Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth) 3pm

Unimaginative, tired, devoid of ideas, lacking passion – that’s the England story so far. Since Friday we’ve also had crushed rebellions and apologies as coach Capello has moved to reassert his authority. The question is this: will he accept some or all of the proposed changes (Heskey out, Cole in, Gerrard in the hole behind Rooney) or ignore his critics? Only time will tell.

Prediction: England WIN

USA v Algeria (Tshwane/Pretoria) 3pm

After two draws, the last an amazing comeback which ended with an inexplicably disallowed goal, the US now need to beat the same Algerian side which stifled England in Cape Town last Friday. I think they can do it.

Prediction: USA WIN

Ghana v Germany (Johannesburg) 7.30pm

Despite stumbling against Serbia, the Germans should have enough in their armoury to finish the group off with a win.

Prediction: Germany WIN

Australia v Serbia (Nelspruit) 7.30pm

The Aussies have defied their critics (including this one) before. They’ll probably give it an almighty effort. And it won’t matter, because the Serbs will break their hearts.

Prediction: Serbia WIN

The World Cup Bafana Bafana 2010 prediction success rate after yesterday’s games: 17/36

Don’t miss tomorrow’s England special – win or lose, you’ll get all the headlines here.

1 comment:

Ben said...

Can't disagree with any of your preditcions here. The Germany Ghana game looks set to be the most exciting (2 good teams). Germany at 1/2 does tempt me, but an American clean sheet is 6/4 and thats my main bet for the day.

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