World Cup thoughts
This is all stuff that people will have heard from other pundits already so feel free to skip this. I do plan to go through group by group and analyze them all though, as most comment seems to be focussed on Groups C and G.
A fairly bland group, but a good one for omens for the host nation. England had an identical group as hosts in 1966 (and we all know how THAT turned out!). I favour France to gou out, with the SA and Uruguayans to go through.
Argentina are the favouurites in this group but it isn't a strong one. However, I could see any of the 4 teams doing well.
Enough's been said about this group. England plus one. USA get my vote. Could shock England 1-1 in the first game.
Germany and Australia in this one. Ghana and Serbia probably won't be strong enough.
Again, this is a group with one clear favourite (The Netherlands) and 3 countries the potentially could qualify, possibly apart from Japan. Even they can't be written off though.
Italy and Paraguay. One of the easier groups to predict.
Any 2 besides N. Korea. Pity them as they return to the WC,they sure ai'nt gonna get any mercy in this group. However, a good result for them could be the make or break for one team in this group as the other three look to cancel each other out.
Spain have an easy group, much the same as England. Chile are my bet to go through with them.