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June 14, 2014

WC blogging: Intriguing teams & matchups, Saturday edition

by Dan Rodriguez

All the attention marbles are on England v. Italy, later this eve.  Marquis matchup between traditionally great European powers. But these two teams have seen better days and this matchup, to me, bodes less-than-thrilling soccer.  I predict a yawner 1-1 draw.

By contrast, I am very interested in watching Uruguay, a seasoned, well-coached So Amer squad that, with a favorable draw, could be a serious finalist contender.  They matchup very well against Costa Rica, of course, but it will be interesting to see whether they can put together a big, bold (>4 goal) show.  They have all the tools.

I also like the Ivory Coast-Japan matchup.  IC is a dark horse, with a top player in Gervinho and an exciting style and setup.  They could surprise folks.  Japan, albeit a bit less formidable, is an interesting team to watch.  Wouldn’t be surprised if they over perform, maybe snagging an upset against a good (but I think not much more than that) Colombia squad.  My prediction is 3-2 Ivory Coast.

By the way, are there any Colombians left in Colombia.  They are L O U D.

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