Friday, June 16, 2006

Predications for the 6/17 games

Portugal vs Iran
Portugal were quite poor on their opening game and need to improve a lot. They are an extremely talented side managed by one of the best in the world. I'm sure Big Phil would have made it clear that they were terrible against Angola. Iran are a good team, but I doubt that they can match the Portugese. I'm going for a 2-0 win for Portugal.

Italy vs USA
The US put arguably the worst display of the cup so far, although one might argue that the Polish performance against Ecuador was worse. They need to improve big time if they stand a chance against a very impressive Italy. the Italians will play their usual patient and cautious game. If they score first then Bruce Arena can book a plane back to America. The US will have to attack Italy and their defense looked quite leaky against the Czech, so they will be vunerable to the sharp Italian forwards. I'm going for a 1-0 win to Italy.

Czech Republic vs Ghana
I thought that Ghana played a good game against Italy and were unlucky to concede the second goal. They are a solid team but lack a finisher. The Czechs will feel the absence of Koller, but they can always depend on Nedved and Roszicky. The game will be tight particulary from Ghana who will go for at least a point. I do not think they have what it takes to defeat the Czechs though. 2-0 Czech Republic.


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