Friday, April 1, 2011

Pre-Preview: Final

*I'm going to pull the Sports Illustrated and ESPN special and attempt to predict who will win in the quarterfinals, semifinals and final without actually knowing who will advance that far. Regardless, perseverance has been my motto for the week, so I will forge ahead and attempt to work some magic anyways. I've already previewed Groups A, B, C and D so I'll do another playoffs preview with the correct teams right before the playoffs start.*

To recap my quarterfinals and semifinals predictions:
Quarterfinal 1: El Salvador defeats Nigeria, 7-4;
Quarterfinal 2: Ireland defeats Poland, 5-2;
Quarterfinal 3: France defeats Laos, 2-1;
Quarterfinal 4: Norway defeats Germany, 4-2.
Semifinal 1: France defeats Ireland, 4-3;
Semifinal 2: Norway defeats El Salvador, 3-2.

Final: Should feature France vs. Norway (S1 vs S2) in a game that will likely go down as the second-best WCP Cup final ever (right after the 2007 version). France took Norway to task, 5-3, in the quarterfinals of 2010, but another year, another game. Norway brings some hard-earned championship experience to this game and if 2007and 2010 taught us anything, it's that you can't count out the underdog when the final rolls around. Since neither team has changed much in the past year, I expect things to play out in a similar fashion to 2010 - France maintains much of the possession, but also allows Norway to counter-attack at unexpected times. This is the game when I think Norway's new keeper will have his biggest impact. France will get shots, but they won't score early, and that fact will give Norway the momentum it needs. For the second time ever, Norway wins the championship, 4-3.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

You must be smoking some wacky stuff cause Norway wont even make it past the Q-finals

Anonymous said...

Norway blows. Not a good team at all. El Salvador who got blown out by Canada in an exhibition looks better than Norway.

Anonymous said...

Braden, do you know who is playing on Sierra Leone? Any good players to watch out for? I'm curious. I've asked other blog owners, and no one knows anything.

Anonymous said...

Norway will lose 5-0 in every round robin game

Playmaker said...

Don't know anything about Sierra Leone really. I'll be watching their games early on to see, but from what I've heard they'll be only OK, nothing special.

Anonymous said...

it will be so funny if norway doesnt make it out of the group stages

Anonymous said...

Well it's good to see you aren't biased and completely realisitc here...haha. No offense, but you guys don't have a championship team this year. You guys should make it out of your group, you're in for a pretty tough match with whoever makes it out of group D

Anonymous said...

not gonna be much of a game to watch today. sierra leone will get shit on. By me. Hope you enjoy it:)

Anonymous said...

sudan have a really good team wish laos didnt win the game coz they got outplayed in every category, laos looked really bad thanks to evan so saving the day