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That was a shocker wasn’t it. That Spain couldn’t find a way through the Swiss defence and ended up being sucker-punch at the end. Losing their first game is most certainly not the kind of the start, that the tournament favourites were looking for.
Did anyone else notice how Xavi always takes the corner short. He will wait until everyone arrives in the penalty box and then he ignores them and passes the ball to Iniesta or Alonso. Only 1 time that worked, when Alonso crashed his shot against the crossbar. But with Pique, Puyol and Ramos in the side, why is the option to cross the ball into the box not explored?
Overall it was a very one-sided game with Spain having almost all of the possession but their moves were very predictable. On another note, I did feel sad for Phillipe Senderos who had to leave the field of play midway through the first half. It looked like a tournament ending one for him. After virtually not playing for an entire season, he would’ve wanted to get a run in the World Cup. Get better Phil.
On to things tonight. South Korea were impressive against a very poor Greece side and although the win will give them a boost, ultimately it may not be enough against the South Americans. It will be tight but the strength of Argentina’s squad might see them through. However, given the way the tournament has gone, I will be backing a Korean side tonight.
Argentina@-0.99 -1 South Korea@0.92
Nigeria were only narrowly beaten by group favourites, Argentina in their last game and showed good value going forward especially with Odemwingie on the left side. I don’t value Greece going into this tournament and after their display last Saturday only further compel me to bet against them. Nigeria for me.
Nigeria@0.89 -0/0.5 Greece@-0.96
Lacklustre in the opening game on the opening day of the World Cup, France will be looking to pick up points, especially after seeing Uruguay go to the top of the group with a comprehensive victory over the host. Depending on who Domenech puts out, a different French side will appear. Should he stick with Sidney Govou, then it might be the same story like against Uruguay. They need someone to support Anelka in attack. Mexico showed that they have individuals with good flair but can’t find the link to gel together. In Oscar Perez, they have a keeper who does not inspire confidence. France to come out top for this one.
France@0.94 -0/0.5 Mexico@0.99