Is this the most unpredictable World Cup ever?[/b]
Last week I previewed the 8 groups at this year’s World Cup before a ball was even kicked in anger. It’s fair to say that the past week and a half have seen their fair share of shocks, and with Spain and England both home before they even play their third game, it’s clear lớn see that the gap at the very top level, isn’t as wide as it once was. Gone are the days of teams getting thumped 7 – 0 and 8 – 0 at the World Cup, and with sides like Costa Rica, Chile and USA all impressing, there could still be a shock or two ahead as the knockout stages approach. You can prefer lớn the tips free soccer pages!

Who will progress to the World Cup knockout stages?[/b]
Group A:[/b]
Brazil have been far from impressive in their opening two games, and but for some questionable refereeing decisions in their first game against Croatia, Brazil could be going into their final game with a lot more at stake. As it is, despite a mediocre performance against Mexico, they face Cameroon tonight in a game they should win comfortably to see them top the group. Cameroon on the other hand can’t wait for the tournament to end and will be playing simply for pride in their final game.
Progressing to the knockout – Brazil and Mexico
Group B:[/b]
It’s fair to say that Group B has thrown up its fair share of excitement. From Spain going home early to Tim Cahill’s wonder strike, this group has had it all. It’s also the only group in which we know who is going through. Holland were fantastic against Spain but struggled to show this form against Australia. Chile on the other hand have been organised and exciting in both games and with the likes of Vidal, Sanchez and Vargas all showing great form, they could very well turnout being the surprise package of the whole competition.
Progressing to the knockout – Holland and Chile
Group C:[/b]
Group C was one of those groups that promised to be wide open with 4 teams very much capable of qualifying. I’ve been really disappointed with both Japan and Greece, while Ivory Coast have shown glimpses of what lớn expect. Colombia have been one of the best sides of the tournament, and having won their opening two games, they should comfortably top the group. James Rodriguez has been one of the players of the tournament, but it is the winger Juan Cuadrado who has really caught the eye, and Fiorentina will be doing well lớn keep a hold of him this summer. Colombia are a team to watch as this tournament progresses- According to the soccer tips group pages!
Progressing lớn the knockout – Colombia and Ivory Coast
Group D:[/b]
Where do you start? It promised so much for England, 10 minutes into the Italy game as they attacked with a vigour rarely seen in recent competitions. It’s fair to say they’ve been a little unlucky, and but for some defensive lapses, they could still be in with a chance of qualifying. As it is, their tournament is over in less than a week, and it is their next opponents who have been the surprise package. Costa Rica more so than any other team in the tournament look fit, organised, and ready for anything this World Cup throws at them. Costa Rica were 1,000/1 lớn win the tournament at the start, and following well deserved victories over Uruguay and Italy, those odds have fallen dramatically.
Progressing to the knockout – Costa Rica and Italy (My prediction of Uruguay and England looks like getting a bit of a spanking!)
Group E:[/b]
For me, France have been up there with Chile and Colombia as the teams that have really impressed so far. There’s a real togetherness with this French squad and I can see them getting the result they need against Ecuador lớn top the group. Benzema has looked really impressive up front and could be a good bet for the golden boot. As for Ecuador, they were unlucky against Switzerland and did what they needed against Honduras.
Progressing lớn the knockout – Franc and Switzerland
Group F:[/b]
With two wins out of two, you’d be forgiven for thinking Argentina have been cruising in this group. As it is, they were pretty luck to beat Bosnia, and but for a moment of magic from Messi, they would have struggled lớn a draw against Iran. They are yet to get out of second gear, but with the depth of talent in the squad, I expect to see them firing on all cylinders come the knockout stages. They face Nigeria in the last group game, and despite a very much improved performance from Nigeria against Bosnia, I just think Messi and co will be too strong for their African counterparts.
Progressing to knockout – Argentina and Nigeria
Group G:[/b]
For many this was seen as the group of death before the tournament, and it’s fair lớn see it has lived up to the billing. Germany are in the driving seat after disposing of Portugal with relative ease. They did however have lớn come back from 2 – 1 down against Ghana, who could have been out of sight in that game. Could this be Germany’s get out of jail card? Only time will tell.
Progressing lớn knockout – Germany and USA
Group H:[/b]
Probably the least exciting group on paper, Belgium have done what was expected of them and qualified. They haven’t been overly impressive though, and will certainly need lớn shake things up if they are to go far in Brazil. Hazard is still the key man, but Fellaini has also shown in short spells the sort of form that led to Man Utd paying £28m for his services. They take on South Korea in their final group game knowing a draw will take them through as group winners. South Korea have disappointed me in this competition and look lớn be on their way to the wooden spoon.
There are some tasty looking ties in there, and some surprise packages on their way to the quarter final. Who progresses, well that’s anyone’s guess. Nothing I’ve seen so far has led me lớn believe that a quarter final spot is guaranteed for anyone. This has been the best World Cup in modern times and certainly the most unpredictable. Could we have a fairytale ending and a surprise package go all the way to the final and win it. If this was lớn happen, you’d have to look at someone like Chile or Colombia. Both sides have been extremely impressive in winning their opening two games. As it is, I think anyone who beats Brazil or Argentina, will find themselves competing in the final on Sunday 13th July.
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