The last sixteen of the World Cup 2010

“Erm, aren’t there two matches for 32 teams left in this World Cup?” I hear you cry and you have a point.

What’s going on here is that someone asked me to predict who I thought would go through to the last sixteen and I promised I would make the prediction after I’d seen each team play once. And an hour ago Switzerland beat Spain in the last match of the first of the group games, meaning I’ve now seen them all (missing about three minutes of football in the process).

So here’s the sixteen going through in ten days time:

Group A

France and Uruguay

Neither have played well but I didn’t see anything from either South Africa or Mexico that should worry them. I’d love to see the hosts make it but think they will lose to both France and Uruguay in the coming games. Mexico are rubbish.

Group B

Argentina and Nigeria

I was thinking South Korea up until a few hours ago but think that Nigeria have the edge to beat them and Greece. Greece sealed their fate by losing to South Korea and don’t believe they’ll beat either Nigeria or Argentina.

Group C

England and USA

England are strong and the USA are basically full of team spirit and really pull together and work for each other. On top of that, Algeria and Slovenia were terrible in the first match.

Group D

Germany and Ghana

This was a tough one too as I was trying to decide whether it would be Ghana or Serbia in the next round with the football machine. I was impressed with Serbia but think Ghana have the edge, especially with where the tournament is this year. Australia were awful and will really struggle to get out of this group…shame.

Group E

Holland and Denmark

Easily the two best sides in this group and Denmark’s game plan was solid until the own goal. Japan were lucky with the win and neither they or Cameroon can expect to go further this year.

Group F

Italy and Paraguay

Both showed how strong they are in the opening match, whilst Slovakia showed they’re not really up to much this tournament. New Zealand were solid but that won’t be enough against the big two of the group.

Group G

Brazil and Ivory Coast

Portugal were weak and lacking in effort and I think the Ivory Coast will play better against Brazil and North Korea. It’s a tight one this but I’m tipping the Africans, due to home advantage.

Group H

Spain and Switzerland

There’s been a lot of talk about how good Chile were today but you have to remember who it was they were playing. Switzerland and Spain are much stronger and I expect them both to beat Chile.

Would love to hear your thoughts on the groups.

I’ll be giving everyone my tips for the first and second placed teams after the second run of matches.


About Mark S. Deniz

English teacher, writer, editor, publisher, reviewer and blogger. Founder of publishing company, Morrigan Books and imprint, Gilgamesh Press and editor-in-chief for review site, Beyond Fiction. Also cycles, plays floorball, listens to lots and lots of music, reads a ton of books and tries to fit in some TV, film and writing too. View all posts by Mark S. Deniz

2 responses to “The last sixteen of the World Cup 2010

  • Mihai (Dark Wolf)

    This are pretty much my options too, with a few exceptions though.
    I believe that Mexico is a bit better than Uruguay and it will progress on their behalf. Mexico looks more offensive than Uruguay.
    South Korea proved to be a very disciplined team and very well prepared physically speaking. Nigeria was saved by their goalkeeper in the Argentina match. Therefore I’ll say South Korea will go through.
    I believe that this will be a cold shower for Spain and because they are my favorites for this tournament I hope that it will be useful 🙂

  • markdeniz

    I know exactly what you mean about Nigeria, as I found that a tough decision to make.

    You may be right about Mexico too, I think tonight’s game will be interesting there.

    Spain will crush Chile and Honduras but I think Switzerland will beat them both, meaning they’ll be top and Brazil will face Spain. I’m pleased about that as then I think Spain will beat them 🙂

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