I'm skipping the bronze medal preview because I can't think of any reason why someone would go and watch that game. The teams are good, but everyone knows that third place is really a glorified way of saying second runner-up. If the winning team gloats about that it will be pathetic.
I'm expecting Ireland to abuse Laos like a Catholic school boy - pretty much a sequel to the 2008 final. I'll give props to Laos for stepping up and manhandling a pathetic Canada squad on Thursday, but there's no way this team will find a way to make it close. Ireland has been very impressive the entire tournament and the Laos defense is going to look like Swiss Cheese once the game has reached its merciful end. Hopefully Ireland will make this game a Toyota car and keep the gas pushed down indefinitely. Sadly for all of the fans involved we once again will have to see Ireland as champions. Let's keep our fingers crossed that in 2011 Norway can get its act together and save us all from that miserable fate. Ireland 4-1.