World Cup Group Phase: Your Guide to the Permutations (part 2)

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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2 Responses

  1. Bobbles says:

    Best explanation I’ve seen online. Some very lazy journalism elsewhere, and I’ve seen Slovenia referred to as Slovakia several times on the BBC website. V. poor.

    England will have to win, I can’t see the USA not beating Algeria – indeed I see them winning by more than England, and England therefore coming second. However, it’s not beyond Ghana to get a draw, so second may not be the end of the world – Serbia will beat Australia, so it would be England v Serbia 2nd round.

    A draw won’t be good enough for England, but on the basis that it could be, it would need to be a high-scoring one. With Slovenia surely playing for a draw and therefore defensively, this is unlikely. Any breakthrough will probably not come until the 2nd half (if at all). I can see Crouch getting on, as Rooney & Defoe will not work (hasn’t thus far), but I hope Fab gives him more than 10 minutes if he needs a goal. If it’s 0-0 at 60 mins (and I fear it may be), Cole and Crouch to come on.

    Now I’ve written all that, England will go and score early, and rack up 3 or 4. I do hope so.

  2. algeria da best says:

    i could never see England winning with lots of goals they are just not too good enough. I could see Algeria winning America but they are much fitter and stronger while the Algerians are more skillful. Germany can win and so can Ghana, the Australlians can do a surprise just like Switzerland did against spain. But Serbia are more likely to win

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