One of the surprises of the World Cup so far was Holland smashing five past world champions Spain in their first match. Holland take on Australia on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and there are few backing the Aussies – the lowest ranked side of the 32 in Brazil – to win this one.
Ernest “Gillie” Seymour is technical director of Cayman Athletic. He said, “I can only see a win for Holland. If they can be consistent after the Spain showing then they will have the edge. They will come out of there with three points and win the group.”
Spain take on Chile at 2 p.m. and the Spaniards must win otherwise face not progressing out of Group B because Chile beat Australia 3-1 in their first match.
“You can’t count out Spain from that one poor showing,” Seymour said. “I feel they will win. They’ve got the players to rally back. In football, no matter how good a team is, when you give up a couple of goals, you can fall apart. That’s what happened to Spain.” He added that Chile are fighters and will make it hard for Spain.
The final match of the day is Cameroon against Croatia, both unfancied teams who lost their opening games and are not expected to progress to the knockout rounds. “I think this will be another dull game like the Nigeria V Iran match on Sunday,” Seymour said.
So far he has enjoyed immensely the artistry, passion and drama of the most games, with some underdogs springing surprises.
Seymour added that he is pleased that the CONCACAF teams have started well but was not surprised to see Honduras criticized for over-aggressive tactics. “We saw them do that in friendlies against England and Brazil just before the World Cup started so I did expect it,” he said.
He added that he picks Brazil to win the tournament and, so far, the players who have most impressed him are Oscar (Brazil) and Thomas MuEller (Germany) who hit a hat-trick against Portugal on Sunday.