Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Groups E & F

So we now know who's gone through from group A,B,C & D so now its time to look at groups E & F

Group E

With only 1 place up for grabs all eyes will be on the Denmark v Japan game tomorrow, both teams having lost to Holland but beaten the below par Cameroon. This game could be a very close contest, with Japan seemingly lacking in out and out goalscorers but with Denmark also relying on Nicklas Bendtner & Jon Dahl Tomasson i don't think goals will be flowing somehow. The Danish do have the up & coming Simon Kjaer at the heart of the defence but Brian Jensons poorly timed outburst could place some unwanted pressure on Thomas Sorensen although he is a very solid keeper. The Danish also have 2 very good wingers in Jesper Gronkjaer & Dennis Rommedahl, who both didn't have great spells in England but are very good players in the national team.

The main Japanese threat will come from Keisuke Honda who has scored their only goal so far although the striker Okazaki has a good international record scoring 1 every 2 games so he is due a goal soon. Like all the Asian teams they are very well organised and disciplined and will be hard to break down. If the game finishes as a draw Japan will go through on goal difference so i can't see them overly pushing for a goal but i really think Denmark will go for it and i can see them winning 1-0, joining Holland in the 2nd round

Group F

A nice and tight group here, Paraguay should beat New Zealand and go through on top but of course nothing is a given so far and New Zealand should be given great credit for their never say die attitude although i genuinely can't see Paraguay under estimating them and sneaking a goal or two on the way to victory.

The most interesting game will be Slovakia v Italy as Italy have been so very very poor so far. Reports state that Buffon is not expected to be fit which is a massive blow to them although Pirlo is expected to play some part which could be a massive boost. Italy always seem to struggle to score goals in these tournaments but i think with them needing only a draw to qualify (provided New Zealand don't cause an upset) i can see them doing it. Of course many things could change this group around but i think that wins for Paraguay & Italy will see them through and i don't doubt they will get the job done so i expect both these teams to get through

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