Wednesday, April 20, 2011

2011 WCP Cup Quarterfinals Preview

It's finally here. The one day of the entire WCP Cup tournament that absolutely positiviely guarantees that every game will be entertaining. It might start late at night, it might end early Thursday morning, but all four games will be good - so get there early and don't miss anything. I took a shot before the tournament began, but here are my actual quarterfinal predictions now:

Game 1 - Laos vs Greece, 7:30 p.m.: Both teams are undefeated. Both teams aren't quite as good as their record might suggest. Laos should've lost to Sudan, but instead won; and Greece somehow managed four wins and a tie while looking like a mediocre Div 3 team the entire time. This will depend on how many of Laos' Saskatoon players participate - and I think it will be all of them. Laos has more skill, has the playoff experience and also is the defending champion. Greece is confident, fearless, and definitely has something to prove. Laos won't make the mistake of playing cautious like France did. Laos wins this 4-2.

Game 2 - Ireland vs Canada, 8:30 p.m.: Ireland has a very, very good team. They can score goals from all positions - plus have the defense to back it up. Canada is a defensive team which hasn't shown much offensively except against a weak Jamaica squad. I believe Canada is good, just not Ireland good and it will show in this matchup. Just like how Ireland tooled Norway, Ireland is going to tool Canada. Goals will come early and often. Ireland wins 6-1.

Game 3 - France vs El Salvador, 9:30 p.m.: Probably the most fun game of the night to watch. Both teams are goal-scoring capable, both have good midfielders and strikers, and both have decent goaltenders. I think what this might come down to - in a game otherwise based on skill - is the strength advantage that France possesses. El Salvador got undeniably muscled when it played a bigger and stronger Sudan team and I can easily envision that happening here to. France can tackle strong and there are too many players on El Salvador who can't match that type of physical play. France wins 3-1.

Game 4 - Poland vs Norway, 10:30 p.m.: Two teams that play the exact same style - defensive and team-first. There are no individual stand-outs on either squad but each operates exceptionally well as a unit. Both have good goaltenders, but everything will depend on how their defenses perform in front of them. I expect hard tackles, few shots and lucky bounces to decide who scores. Norway is due for lucky bounces after experiencing zero in its last game. Norway wins 3-2.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like your Laos vs Greece & Ireland vs Canada scores but i think France vs El Salvador will be a one goal game. 4-3 France. As for Poland vs Norway Poland wins 4-2.

Julio said...

I absolutely love how you described the Greek squad. It's so true, yet don't say that to them as right now they are just on expedia booking their hotels and what not for EURO 2012, as the President of Greece told them that they would now be the new Greek National squad after all the boosting they've done this tournament.

Anonymous said...

First off , bra den, at least you tried to pump up your crappy team, I didn't have to do that with Greece. We knew what we had to do as a team, secondly, we did lose every game last year, but Greece has never been embarrassed like Norway has with the fudge packing you took from roi. And eh Esayy, good luck el Salvador, at least we have a national team. You guys are still wiping your asses with rocks and leaves. I don't care where you put Greece, but in the final eight, Norway has to be the worst team of the eight. Good luck to all. Should be fun tonite

Anonymous said...

obviously anon 10:18 is from the Greek team and since he was so eloquent in his comments, i though i'd share a joke:
How do you separate the men from the boys in Greece?
With a crowbar!

Playmaker said...

Ouch! Normally I'd delete both of those comments - but everything seems even now so I'll leave them up. No more over-the-line bashing though.

And Greece, don't forget that Norway still has that championship belt and we beat Greece on the path to the title. And if losing every game for two straight years isn't embarassing then it's no wonder Greece doesn't seem fazed by anything.

Anonymous said...

Norway is definitely the worst of the top eight.. they would probably rank 15th if they played everybody and didnt have an easy ride to the quarters. but thats the way things happen. good luck to all teams in the playoffs.

Chubs said...

Guaranteed win night! I don't umderstand the norway hate. We haven't played a meaningful game yet. Poland is solid and it should be a good game. We are confident because we're good, simple as that. Cooper pops a hatty!
Norway 4-2

Laos 3-2. In a shootout! Greece is WAY better than people give them credit for. But L-A-O are defending champs for a reason.

Ireland infinity-3. They havent tried yet and have murdered every team. If they don't win the tournament it won't be because some team beat them but because they beat themselves. Tavis gets 3 because he's good.

France 4-3. Coasted through the round robin. Gonna embarass ES despite Jerry and Rolfe.

Great games tonight. come on out!

Julio said...

Easy there little Trojan... I am not from El Salvador so I wouldn't know what techniques are used in that country to cleanse themselves after taking a dump.. yet if they still use the rock and leaf method.. I am pretty sure it's a worth while technique as it has stood the test of time...

Just to clarify, ES does have a national team... they compete in the CONCACAF... they almost qualified for the last world cup... if you don't believe me there is a trusty tool called the internet where you can look it up.

As for my favorite team of all time... the infamous Greeks... I am torn whether I want them to win or lose... if they lose then all the fun is over and Greece becomes irrelevant and their fairy tale story ends... I am pretty sure tears would be shed, shirts would be removed, and the whole country of Greece would be in mourning to know that their "heros" and "idols" have fallen to the Laotians... YET if Greece wins that means this blog is going to be littered with their over boasting comments about how SICK and UNREAL they are... I can see another EPIC FB video being created and MANY wonderful quotes from this blog will be included... I am eager to see that production again! I can also see them finger painting ANOTHER glamorous poster hanging from the rafters of Hellas Pride! ha

So either way... I just dont know what to cheer for!

If Norway is Ranked 15th, Greece has to be 16th as the Greeks had an easy pool as well!

Anonymous said...

BOOM

Anonymous said...

Well I guess it does not matter what the Greek team does they will continue to get no respect. If they win tonight they are top four and I guess it does not matter if they had an easy pool according to people but the thing is they are still playing well 16 other teams are on the sidelines. Yes they did not win a game for two years but that is in the past. Why don't you start talking about the lethal Italian team.

Anonymous said...

7-2 Ireland...

Anonymous said...

Hey Chubs!

"Guaranteed win night" Are you f'n kidding? You are a joke!!
Did Norway get a shot off?
LOL, LOL!!!

Bartosz said...

Norway played a pretty good game tonight..not pretty but almost well enough to beat us. I'm just glad we've finally made it to the qfinals! Can't wait to play Laos tonight! Good luck to all semifinalists!