Spain vs Portugal preview World Cup 29/06/10 19:30

The natural assumption would be to back Spain, who have David Villa, Fernando Torres, Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Cesc Fabregas, etc. But that belies some mixed success that has come their way and doesn’t take into account some of the form players of this World Cup – Tiago, Eduardo, Bruno Alves and Raul Meireles, not to mention one Cristiano Ronaldo.
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    England vs Germany World Cup Previews 27/06/10 15:00

    Both Germany and England will fancy their chances in this tie, making it nearly impossible to pick a winner. But not completely.

    Two sides exist to judge the teams: recent history and potential. From the recent history, Germany have performed better than England and retain many players from their Euro 2008 Final team, as well as a core from the one that reached the semi-finals of World Cup 2006. England, on the other hand, have even more remnants from the team that failed to even make Euro 2008 and a great proportion of the side that slumped to Portugal in 2006.

    But from the potential side of things, one fact shouts clearer than any other: Germany have already been beaten in this tournament. Their shock loss to Serbia confirmed that tough European opposition can intimidate them.

    For England, the mental boost given by being unbeaten, may prove a significant advantage. While the performances have been extremely mixed and unpolished, England have slid into the knockout rounds without the taste of defeat.

    A key battle on the pitch will be Rooney versus Germany’s Arne Friedrich. Friedrich, who plays for now-relegated Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin, is the weak link at the back. His partner, Mertesacker, is far more accomplished and their full-backs highly adept at covering (though Boateng is currently a doubt). Rooney has the ability, like no other England player, to really take the defender on and Friedrich is just the sort of player to feel the nerves should Rooney find himself one-on-one.

    England aren’t without their own faults – a worrying lack of goals, inventiveness and concentration mean that this test against Germany will be at least twice as difficult as the one posed by USA. There certainly is the ability in the team to find that extra level but there is no more time to find it, it must be done immediately. Joachim Low has assembled some of the sharpest youngsters in the game, and if England don’t fire on all cylinders, Germany will overpower them… but England will find that something extra just in time.

    To counteract the lethal Podolski-Klose-Ozil front 3, Capello has an extremely on-form Terry, with Ledley King back to fitness at exactly the right moment, and with two of the most accomplished full-backs in the game, Glen Johnson and Ashley Cole, to run down the flanks. In midfield, Gareth Barry will marshal the tricky Schweinsteiger, and in the battle of the goalkeepers, keep one thing in mind: Neuer has been beaten but James, after being preferred to Green, has not.

    Things are set for the best game of the World Cup so far and England have the smallest of edges in it. Surely, now the heat is really on, Wayne Rooney will find his way to opening his account at the World Cup, too.

      World Cup Last 16 previews Uruguay vs South Korea Mexico vs Argentina

      Now that the group stage games are over – and both 2006’s finalists, Italy and France, have fallen by the wayside – the knockout rounds begin.
      The first of the Last 16 ties to be contested sees Diego Forlan’s Uruguay take on Park Ji-Sung’s South Korea.
      Uruguay will feel full of confidence after finishing above the South African hosts, France and Mexico, especially when some had written the 5th-placed South American qualifiers off before a ball had been kicked. Their forwards, Forlan, Suarez and Cavani, have looked sharp and tricky to contain, whilst at the back, they are one of only 3 teams who have yet to concede a single goal, much thanks to Lugano and Fucile. Read more World Cup Last 16 previews Uruguay vs South Korea Mexico vs Argentina

        Spain vs Switzerland Betting Preview 16 06 2010

        Not a phenomenal game, this should see Spain record a fairly accomplished win.

        Spain are the reigning European champions. They have David Villa, Andres Iniesta, Iker Casillas, Fernando Torres and Xavi in their ranks. They are unbeaten since losing 2-0 to the USA in the Confederations Cup, nearly a whole year ago – everything is for them, which is why they are the top team in the World Cup. There are few negatives – except that they are likely to be without Iniesta for the opening game.

        Switzerland have never been a major force but reminded the wider world of their talents in recent years by finishing top of their group in 2006, ahead of eventual finalists France, only to be knocked out of the competition in the strangest way, by not conceding a single goal in open play (they lost on penalties to Ukraine). They are a solid team but unspectacular, quite reliant on young defenders like Stephan Lichtsteiner and Philipe Senderos. Their goals tend to come through all-time leading goal-scorer Alex Frei (who is injured), Hakan Yakin (who is too old to be considered a starter anymore) or not at all. Blaise Nkufo looks set to step in.

        It seems that Torres may not start this game, so instead look to leading frontman and new Barcelona signing Villa (38 goals in 58 appearances make the 28 year-old Spain’s second highest scorer of all time). The Barcelona centre backs, Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol, seem destined for clean sheets, too.

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          Germany World Cup Betting Preview 2010

          Germany World Cup Betting Preview 2010

          Germany – many absentees but promising, young attackers. As Germany prepared to take on Bosnia-Herzegovina last night, their confidence was fairly mixed, as evident in the pragmatic nature of their 3-1 win. Off the back of two 3-0 victories over Hungary and Malta, and after a basketball score of 24-0 against amateur side Eppam, Germany believe in the form of their strikers. Read more Germany World Cup Betting Preview 2010

            Italy vs Slovakia New Zealand vs Paraguay World Cup Preview 24/06/10

            Group F is extremely tight, with all teams still capable of qualification and elimination.

            Even Paraguay have cause for concern – should Paraguay lose to New Zealand (by any score) and Italy overcome Slovakia (by any score), they would finish 3rd. This is, however, an unlikely outcome. The trident of Valdez, Santa Cruz and Barrios will remain a terrifying sight for the Kiwis but Paraguay’s greatest asset is their excellent defence. Equal to Italy and far too good for Slovakia, they are high in confidence, looking to sail through a tricky group as winners. Read more Italy vs Slovakia New Zealand vs Paraguay World Cup Preview 24/06/10