Thursday, April 22, 2010

Afghanistan Preview - Friday 7 p.m.

This is the kind of game that Norway should definitely win. They have more experience in the tournament, play better as a team, and have more skill overall. It's exactly why this game scares me the most out of any of Norway's final three.

In past tournaments Norway has made a habit out of stepping up and playing great against good teams and faltering and playing terribly against sub-par teams. Afghanistan falls into this exact category. From what I've seen they've got some decent players and they try really hard - they just don't have the reps quite yet to play with the big boys.

For Norway to win this game its going to have to come out guns blazing in the first ten minutes and set a tone of hard, physical soccer - exactly like it did against Jamaica. The last thing Norway wants is a slow-paced game with hardly any shots because then the chances of it being close are much, much greater. Norway needs to shoot at every opportunity early on and hopefully get up 2 or 3 to nothing. If they don't then watch out because Afghanistan will almost certainly gain momentum the longer the game stays within reach.

If Norway can control the tempo and keep it fast then this game should be over by halftime. Afghanistan doesn't have the striking capacity to make a sustained comeback in only 25 minutes and they're likely to give up if they don't think they've got a hope. Norway has to make them feel the game is over by not being lazy getting back in the midfield and by following through on every single tackle - right from the start. If Norway can do that it will be a blowout.

I'm predicting 6-1 for Norway.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

3-2 afghan win

Anonymous said...

So Afghanistan loses to Jamaica 4-1 and Norway beat Jamaica 6-2. But you comment that Afghanistan will beat Norway by a goal. Riiiighhhhhhht

† Kier said...

You also gotta look at how Jamaica played against Norway. You can not tell me that Jamaica played Norway the way they played against the Afghans or even the Germans.

Anonymous said...

That's because everything Jamaica tried to do Norway was able to shut down because they're a better team. Same thing with Germany. Of course Jamaica played better against Afghanistan - the Afghans aren't strong on team shape and they don't know how to shut players down on defense.

Anonymous said...

Jamaica even had Kothiuis against Norway and they still lost

Anonymous said...

norway better be ready to play... thanks for the dope website. you should make the official wcp one.

Anonymous said...

it's gonna be awesome when afghan beats norway tonight

Anonymous said...

everyone figured jamaica would pummel Norway too and it was a blowout - norway completely destroyed them and the was no doubt in anyones minds

Anonymous said...

I can not participate now in discussion - there is no free time. But I will return - I will necessarily write that I think.