The Artful Dodger wrote:US will play Ghana. In the 2006 World Cup, Ghana defeated the US to advance out of their group (eventual champions Italy were in said group). Ghana are quite good in midfield and defense and can play well on the counterattack. Problem is, they can't finish and have relied on the penalty spot with their only two goals scored from there. Should be an interesting match although Germany-England is the peach of the knockout round.
Agreed across the board, and here's to not being in the "peach" and to drawing the S.Korea/Uruguay winner if we win (instead of Argentina)
Well, the US deserved to go top, simple as.
It's going to be tough sledding for England, but I think they have a fair shot at Germany. Argentina, well, I think they're more vulnerable than most will give them credit for, but England must control possession and they need a player or two with creative technique going forward. Aside from Rooney, England don't have the latter to break down defenses with improvisation. I'd like to see England in the semi once I'm down in South Africa and that'll be some kind of accomplishment.
One thing to keep in mind is that slow starters tend to go far in the World Cup. France and Italy did that 4 years ago. France in particular defeated Spain, Brazil, and Portugal en route to the final. 20 years ago, England got off to a similar start as this year's competition in Italy and they got to the semifinals, bowing out to Germany on penalties (a sad refrain for an England supporter).