I think its clear from this view of the draw that either Spain or Croatia must be considered guaranteed finalists. I think either could win it but Croatia have looked very good in the group stage.
One thing is for certain. If the eventual World Champions do come from the top half of the draw then you will have to say they will have deserved it! Tough half or what?!
What a disastrous world cup for African football though....
Some tasty looking games in the last sixteen.
Uruguay - Portugal is high on the tasteometer. While other teams and players have been grabbing the headlines, Potugal, Ronaldo, Brazil, Neymar, Germany, Argentina, Messi etc.. the Uruguayans have just been getting on with it. I like that about the Uruguayans.
France - Argentina also high on the tasteometer. Both teams disappointing so far and both teams owe the neutrals a good game.
Brazil - Mexico is high on the tasteometer. Brazil and Mexico are old enemies. Brazil are easing into top form and Mexico will work their little Mexican socks off.
Belgium v Japan will be worth watching. Japan have absolutely nothing to lose. Do they have the moral fibre to take the game to Belgium? Their last game would suggest not.
Spain - Russia could be a good game. The Spanish owe the neutrals a decent game. Russia began the tournament with no hope at all, played well in two games so that they were overhyped for the last one. Sounds familiar? Looking forward to this game. We will find out if Russia can get their heads right.
Croatia - Denmark. High on the Tasteometer. I want to know if Croatia are going to be a major force. They need to stuff the Danish pastries to look like genuine contenders though. Denmark have been disappointing so far.
Sweden - Switzerland is another game I am looking forward to. Could be undiluted stodge because it all depends on who dares... If both Sweden and Switzerland go for the win rather than penalties this could be a good game for watching.
Colombia v England Biggest game for England in decade. Will need to get a lot better if the want to beat Colombia. Colombia should fancy their chances. It all comes down to if the Colombians believe in themselves enough or whether they believe the English hype.
PS. I certainly agree about the African nations. Generally disappointing.
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