Looking Into My Crystal Ball…

I had kind of promised myself that I wouldn’t do this, but everybody else is and I think that my opinion may be as valid as the rest of the world’s. So, with no further ado, here’s a quick preview of the group stages for this year’s World Cup. It’s worth pointing out that the draw for the finals this year was a weird one. there’s no automatic candidate as a “Group Of Death”, and the vast majority of the top seeds should sail through the group stages. That said, there’s always one team that fails to live up to expectations. Group A: Germany, Poland, Costa Rica & Ecuador – The hosts couldn’t have asked for a better group than this (although they’ll be obviously concerned about hooliganism prior to their match against Poland). Ecuador & Costa Rica are both fairly weak teams (the Ecuadorians are the weakest of the South American qualifiers), and the Germans should ease their way past both of them. It could turn out to be a straightforward shoot-out on goal difference for first place between Germany & Poland, as nerves could get the better of the Germans when they play their neighbours. That said, though, Costa Rica have made fools of European teams in previous tournaments and it could all be turned on it’s head if they (as I think they’re capable) get a...

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