I know there are already a couple of WC threads knocking around, but sue me; I don’t get to start many.
Anyway; slightly late, but still: predictions? Mine:
Argentina v Germany: Argentina to stuff the Germans in a 3-1 thriller, exposing the hitherto untested German defence in a display of searing brilliance. 20 minutes gone with no score just makes my prediction all the more bold and therefore respectable.
Italy v Ukraine: Crowd to be the real losers in a match destined to be dull beyond the wildest imaginings of a quantity surveyor called Nigel. Italy to go through by attrition, 1-0 through an own-goal in the second period of extra time.
England v Portugal: I offer no comment for fear of jinxing things. England to raise their game, though. I hope.
Brazil v France: Depends which France show up. The one that beat Spain could probably beat most people; the one that drew with Switzerland could probably manage a draw even if their opponents forfeited. Brazil 2-1, with a Ronaldinho special of some sort.
What do you reckon?