Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Group D's Exciting Finish

Group D's coming down to the wire and it's getting exciting. Makes me wish there were two of this exact group. Double D's for double the fun if you will.

Looking at the standings, its fairly certain that Poland will go through. Two games left - against Scotland and Jamaica - means they're getting 12 points at the least. Still not guaranteed to go through (because the teams that could catch are Canada and Jamaica creating a three-way tie at the top - then it's goal differential) but a way better chance than anyone else right now.

I'm going to take a bit of a reach and say that Ukraine and Germany are definitely not going through. Each team still has two games remaining, but Ukraine has two tough ones (Canada and Jamaica) and Germany still plays Canada (and Scotland). If any of those games even ends in a tie then it's likely lights out.

Which leaves Canada and a surging Jamaica. Canada holds the decisive edge because of the head-to-head 5-0 thrashing it gave Jamaica in the opener, but Jamaica gets a slightly relaxed Poland team and possibly demoralized Ukraine squad, while Canada has Ukraine and a never-give-an-inch German team. It's tough either way and I really haven't a clue how it will swing. In my previews I picked Canada as the other contender (besides Germany and Poland) so I guess I have to go with Canada.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

this weekend will be pretty sick, you were right with taking Poland, I just hope they dont go undefeated in group stages again, go Jamaica!!...and Scotland!. If Jamaica beats Poland then it might be them 2 going through. Tight group as was expected, but I like how interesting Group C and A have got! This tournament is still great even with the dumb controversy over blowouts which are to be expecetd and part of most tournaments of this sort. WCP Cup, even more entertaining again!!!

Anonymous said...

I see Poland going through undefeated as they are playing very well than it will be a toss up for 2nd assuming both Jamaica(vs Poland & Ukraine) n Canada(Ukraine & Germany) both suffer another loss. Lucky for Germany they play scotland last. if they have to get through on goals they will know exactly how many they need.

Expect a great weekend of soccer.

R.S.

Chris said...

this will definately be an exceptional weekend of soccer. Pretty much EVERY single game on the men's side, except the group B games other than the ROI/NOR game will have at least 1 team, if not both that will NEED to win to keep their playoff hopes alive. One loss and you're done from this point out for a lot of the teams. Even on the Women's, Boys, and Girls side nothing is set in stone for the playoffs. The planning/scheduling commitee couldn't of planned a better end to the round robin!

Anonymous said...

Poland and Canada go thru. That's my predicition.

Anonymous said...

Greece will be fourth place, they will lose to AFGHANISTAN, and afghanistan will win Frances and ngeria-----GO lalalalalal afghanistn

Anonymous said...

How is that possible. If afghans beats nigeria that means they have two losses and Greece would only have one???

Anonymous said...

I don't know who mentioned above comment regarding our team, taem Greece and etc., because it does not represent the opinion of our team. Let save our energy for the field instead of this bickering behind a computer screen.

Ahmad Kamali

Anonymous said...

Germany will beat Canada. Ukraine will tie Jamaica. I see Germany going through with Poland based on head to head with Canada

Anonymous said...

i know for a fact that canada will lose in the quarterfinals because they are a bunch of hacks, that is all

Anonymous said...

Ukraine will win both games and make it to the quarters because of a tie between Jamaica and Germany

Anonymous said...

ukraine is all but eliminated right now, they only team they have beat is scotland... you can't make it out of your group with only one win.

Anonymous said...

They're not out yet man. Should be a good game canada and ukraine

Al Ligator said...

well, this whole group is going to be decided on the Canada-Germany game. If Canada wins, they go through with poland, If germany wins and jamaica loses, then germany goes through on head to head, but if Germany and Jamaica both win, then there is a 3 way tie for second, and it will go to goal differential... and if thats the case, then chances are Canada are through, all depending what happens with germany when they play scotland...... all this is speculation because germany still has to beat scotland to get their third win, but im going to go out on a limb and say that germany will beat scotland