So many post topics to get in before tomorrow. Hopefully I don't oversaturate or repeat myself. Here goes:
Ireland vs. Nigeria - Sorry Nigeria, you had a good run but there's no way you're getting past Ireland. This Irish squad is just like every year with tons of out-of-Regina talent and a bunch of players who are used to winning, no matter the obstacles. Nigeria tries hard but they're extremely inconsistent and I highly doubt that every player will have his A Game. Even if they all do, I still wouldn't bet against Ireland because they're too good to lose this one. 6-1 Ireland.
Poland vs. Canada - I love this matchup and I think its going to be a great game. Poland came out of a weak pool and they weren't really tested, but that's a credit to them and I think they have all the pieces they need. Their defense and goalkeeping are solid and they've shown a definite ability to score when the game matters. Canada is an enigma. They played excellent against Ireland and OK against Chile but stunk up the joint against Botswana. Who knows how this one will go because all that talent seems wasted when they don't play with any passion. I'm giving it to Poland in overtime 4-3.
Germany vs. Laos - I've been pretty disappointed in Laos this year and I think they're headed home early again. Tons of talent, lots of speed, but for whatever reason I haven't been impressed by how they executed against two seriously weak teams and against a very strong France squad. Germany is coming off a big win against Norway and their physical play will be a huge advantage against a smaller Laos squad. I don't think Germany is the scoring machine they think they are, but they'll do enough to get to the semis. 4-2 Germany.
Norway vs. France - This game is going to be a gooder. Stay tuned for my full preview.