Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Can the Dutch beat Brazil in a one-off? Of course. Portugal showed that if you fall back and defend your half, Dunga and Co. run out of ideas and have to resort to the defenders making mistakes and/or their skill and athleticism coming through over 90 minutes. Regardless, the rewards aren't worth the risk. Plus, Brazil at slightly better than one-to-one odds is always a good bet.
Neither Uruguay nor Ghana will be in the final. But they could easily tie over 90 minutes. If punt you must, then punt the draw on this one, or the under. Ghana is young but athletic and fairly well organized; and Uruguay is organized and has some talent--but it's either Uruguay or the draw on this one. Given how cautiously Uruguay has been willing to play, we like the draw.
Argentina is our favorite to win it all at this point, but the Germans are fully capable of a disciplined and systematic 2-0 win. Their defense, combined with a deadly counter attack, are formidable. Their absolute destruction of England showed that not only are they in the running this year, but that the German Youth are in line for the both the European championship in 2012 and the WC in 2014. Damn. But La Albiceleste are in fine form and could give the German's fits. Both teams will respect each other, and if you think either squad has fate on its side, go for it. Team Nordecke Luchador feels this is Maradona's year to secure his place in football history in a way The Chosen One could only dream (Mourinho couldn't play for shite.)
Finally, the very early odds on Spain are irrelevant. The Red Fury will dismantle Paraguay. Spain versus Argentina will be epic. The winner will face La Samba. Wow. An all-Latin final; possibly an all-South American final. Imponente! Que barato! Hagalo mis hermanos! Hagalo!