Friday, June 30, 2006

Huzzah! It's The Quater Finals!

So...It Begins...

So, after 2 days of rest and meditational period, the World Cup kicks off once again and it's already the quater finals before you know. Already 50 odd games have been played and we're just 6 games away from the finals and only 1 of the 8 teams are going home happy with the prestigious World Cup and the crowning of the world champions. Tonight we'll see 2 sides going home and 2 sides one step closer to crown. I'm very excited by that prospect and I can feel that Germany vs Argentina is gonna end up with extra time...


Germany vs Argentina

Klinsmann is likely to keep the side that was victorious against Sweden. Actually...he didn't change much during the course of this World Cup and this could prove to be an advantage for the Argentinians. Michael Ballack on the other hand states that the chances of winning the World Cup is 60-40. So inspirational from the captain, eh? It really doesn't make sense of course, we know every team up till now has a 100% chance of winning the World Cup isn't it? Argentina won't make much changes as well so we're in for a cracking match.

Drogballs' Prediction: Germany 1-1 Argentina (Germany to win after extra-time). It's so difficult to call that I have to sit on the fence and predict a draw. But there is no such thing as draw in the quater finals, so I have to pick a winner and I pick...Germany, for they hold the advantage of having the home support and their form at the moment is excellent.


Italy vs Ukraine

Italian centre-back, Alessandro Nesta is set to miss out of this match after failing the late fitness test. His replacement, Marco Materazzi will also sit out of this game after he was sent off against the Socceroos. The one that is set to stand in is Andrea Barzagli. He might be the weak link in the defence and Ukraine will look to exploit his inexperience. Ukraine will start this game as the underdogs.

Drogballs' Prediction: Italy 2-1 Ukraine. Ukraine might score a goal due to the absence of Nesta and Materazzi. But Italy will still prove to be too strong for the Ukrainians.

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