chrisdolley (chrisdolley) wrote,

World Cup

And now there are 16. And time, I think, for me to dig out the magic pendulum and scry the results.

Tonight we have Germany v Sweden. On paper the Swedes have the edge but Germany are the hosts and have the momentum. Everything about the fixture screams penalties. So, swing that pendulum, and ... we have Germany.

Next up is Argentina v Mexico. Unless the rules are changed to allow the Mexicans to field 14 players all wearing large hats that completely block out the Mexican goal - always a possibility and why FIFA insist on a fourth official - Argentina will walk this. Even the magic pendulum agrees.

Tomorrow we have England v Ecuador. On paper this should be easy for England but as it's on grass, and it's England, it will not. Latest news is that England will be playing with 6 midfielders. I kid you not. Apparently, with only two fully fit strikers left, Sven has decided to play neither and gamble on filling the team with his best players - who just happen to be midfielders or recovering from broken feet. So he's going for a 4-1-4-1 formation with Hargreaves moving from midfield to right back, Carrick playing a holding role - presumably grabbing the shirts of anyone trying to get past him - and Rooney playing the role of lone striker. Bizarrely, I think it might work. Anything that can free Lampard and Gerard has to be worth a try. England so far have looked a team that is nowhere near the sum of its parts.

So, the result? You don't need a pendulum to tell you that England will alternate between the masterful and the tottering on the brink. They will look great early on, fade, come back, hang on, experiment with new ways to press the self-destruct button, and then, just when you've given them up, conjure a win. That's England. The pendulum swung itself into a frenzy and then the string broke. An England win I think.

The final match of the weekend is the best: Portugal v Holland. Two entertaining, attacking sides. Which might mean that both teams pack their defences just to confuse the other. But the pendulum thinks not, and goes for Holland on penalties.

Tune in on Monday to see if the magic pendulum has been sacked.
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