In recent World Cups heavy
favourites have been hard-pressed to live up to the hype. This reporter feels
the 2010 edition in South Africa
will be different as favourites Brazil
should square off in the title match.
From there this reporter feels the
history of the South Americans plus the wizardry of the likes of Kaka will
override the current form of Fernando Torres and the Spaniards to win the Cup.
A big reason why the two should
meet up in the final is due to the way the group stages could play out. Granted
has a tough way to go to emerge from Group G, the group of death. However with Ivory Coast sporting an injured Drogba,
Portugal looking iffy at
mid-field and North Korea
an unproven commodity, the green and yellow should place first.
Spain has a far easier time of things in Group H, with the only team of
note being Chile.
Assuming Xavi and company show good ball possession Honduras
should not be threats. From there things get interesting in the knockout
Brazil should get an explosive Chile
side while Spain faces Ivory Coast (in years past this reporter would
have taken Portugal)
in the round of 16. Both will be tested but should advance on the strength of
their respective defences.
Assuming it wins its group and its
quarter-final game over Group E runner-up Denmark,
Italy should be up next for Spain. With
both countries renown for ball control, the match should come down to who makes
the better passes. Brazil meanwhile
should take on Group F runner-up Paraguay in what could be a
In the semi-finals look for Brazil to face and defeat England (who has a favourable draw throughout)
and expect Spain to edge out