World Cup Semi Final Predictions: July 6th/7th 2010:
Hello everyone. My predictions for the quarter finals went ok. I got two out of four. The correct predictions were Uruguay beating Ghana & Spain beating Paraguay. I didn’t expect Germany to thrash Argentina 4-0. The same applies to Brazil losing to Holland. I suppose the Germany result makes England look better than Argentina as England only lost 4-1 or 4-2 if you want to count Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal. Germany must be favourites for the World cup now that Brazil have been knocked out by Holland which I have to say pleased me as I am fed up with Brazil doing well at World cups almost as much as Germany. It now falls on Spain to try & stop the Germans but I don’t think they will. I will post my final preview as well as an overview of the whole world cup in context of my predictions before Sunday. Good luck.
Match 60: Semi Finals: Holland – Uruguay: (Tuesday July 6th 7.30pm):
Holland beat Brazil 2-1 which was a major shock to them as well as the rest of the footballing world. This has been a world cup of shocks so I suppose I should have known better when I predicted Brazil to win & not Holland. Can the Dutch repeat 1974 & 1978 & reach the final but this time go further. We will see. I think they will beat Uruguay in this game to at least emulate the great side of the 1970’s. Uruguay have really done well to reach the semi final stage for the first time since they won the world cup for the second time in 1950. They beat Nigeria on penalties in the quarter finals but only after Nigeria had missed a penalty in the last minute of extra time. Pity the poor Nigerian player who missed the penalty. The same of course applies to the Paraguay player who missed a second half penalty against Spain when the score was 0-0. He had to be consoled by his team mates as he was in tears after the final whistle. You couldn’t but feel for him. Uruguay are the only south American side left in the tournaments which is something you would have not betted on even if you were start raving mad. Stand up that bloke from Darlington. Ha. The Dutch to win then & they could be facing a repeat of the 1974 final by playing Germany & some revenge for that defeat. Personally I hope not as I would rather they play Spain & that way we would have a new name on the roll call of winners of the World cup & not the bloody Germans again. Do I am come across as bitter?
Result Prediction: Holland to win
Score Prediction: Holland 2 Uruguay 1
Match 61: Semi Finals: Spain – Germany: (Wednesday July 7th 7.30pm):
I went to church today & asked God to let Spain win this game. He said no trouble my son as no one likes the Germans at football. Most of Europe would agree with him. Despite that I think the Germans will win mainly because they always seem to when it comes to semi finals. My memory tells me that they have only lost two semi finals in 30 odd years & that was at the last World cup when they lost to Italy 2-0 & the 1988 European Championships when they lost to Holland 2-1. The full boring list of semi final victories going back to 1974 is as follows:- 1976 European Championships (Yugoslavia 4-2) 1980 Euro Championships (Top of their group), 1982 World Cup (France on Penalties), 1986 World Cup (France 2-0), 1990 World Cup (England on Penalties), European Championships (Sweeden 3-2), Euro 96 (England on Penalties), 2002 World Cup (South Korea 1-0) & the 2008 European Championships (Turkey 3-2). Depressing isn’t it. Spain play great passing football but have had to work hard to break sides down as was proved by their last 16 game & the Quarter final victory against Paraguay. This game will be remembered for both sides missing penalties, firstly Paraguay when the score was 0-0 & then Spain five minutes later when the referee made a crazy decision by making Spain take their penalty again because of players encroaching in the penalty area albeit by about six inches which was in total contrast to Paraguay’s penalty where just about everybody encroached. Hmm. Spain missed the second penalty & it took a brilliant piece of football to unlock the Paraguay defence which enabled David Villa to score another goal to put him top scorer in the World Cup. Manchester City fans must be chomping at the bit to see him play for them next season. I do have to say that Germany have played some great football going forward but it will be a question if Spain can get through their defence? Germany have destroyed England (4-1) & Argentina 4-0 but this game could be closer. It is of course a repeat of the 2008 European Championship final which the Spanish won 1-0. The German side they play in this game is a very different one than that of 2008. I think the Germans will win because they look like they are going to win again & that is depressing.
Result Prediction: Germany to win
Score Prediction: Spain 1 Germany 2
Good Luck everyone & see you all at the weekend for the final.