Friday, April 13, 2007

Finals

After the group rounds, the second stage will be upon us. Starting with total points, then goals for, Ireland figures to lead the pack because of the easiness of their pool getting a high goal total. They should come out with 3 wins and a ton of goals. Second place is really up in the air. Norway has a fairly easy pool and should also have a high amount of goals. Group C will be more offensive than the other pools, and Jamaica and Portugal could also have a high total of goals. Canada, should they make it through, and the second place team in Group A, will come in around the middle. The teams from Group D look to struggle in order to get through, and they will come in around last. Most of what I just said was considering solely the goals. Have to keep in mind that points come first

So, if I follow through with my predictions on who will make it out of the group stage, the final 8 teams will be (in ranked order): 1. Ireland
2. Norway
3. Jamaica
4. Portugal
5. Canada
6. El Salvador
7. Austria
8. Germany


With 1 v 8, 2 v 7, and so on, the games will shape up like this(i can foresee these kinds of things):

Ireland vs. Germany- This will be a good test for Ireland after breezing through the group rounds, and they'll be hard-pressed to match Germany's firepower, but can also counter Germany with tough D and a good offence. Ireland win: 3-2

Norway vs. Austria- Norway will manhandle Austria. Norway wins: 5-0

Jamaica vs. El Salvador- a rematch of last year's bronze medal, this would be quite a game. El Salvador's heart was not in the bronze medal match last year, and they'd pick up their game for this one. Still, Jamaica should come out on top in a close one: 3-2

Portugal vs. Canada- Portugal should be quick enough to beat Canada. Though this is where Canada excels in locking down good-shooting teams, Portugal should win: 2-1



Semis

Ireland vs. Portugal
Ireland is much better than Portugal and should beat them handily:3-0

Jamaica vs. Norway
I really can't say who'd win this one. I'll go with Jamaica: 4-3

Final
Ireland vs. Jamaica
Jamaica wins! Ireland chokes! Ireland haters rejoice!




honestly if anyone is upset during the tournament, my money is on Ireland. Their team is good, but they aren't gods and they can be exploited. There will probably be more upsets than I predicted...........so we'll see.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

why are you making these predictions when the format has changed ?

clock cleaner said...

well how much has it actually changed?

Anonymous said...

umm how about A1, vs C2, its not 1 vs 8

joeblow said...

so does A1 play C2, C1 play A2 then B vs. D in the same way? wat happens when it gets to the semifinals

Anonymous said...

get a schedule you moron

joeblow said...

i would if there was a second leg schedule to get.....idiot. if anyone knows where you can actually see the schedule show me

Anonymous said...

The set up was listed in the packets given at the draw. The format is A1 plays C2 and the winner plays the winner of D1 and B2 to move into the final. On the other side, B1 plays D2 and the winner plays the winner of C1 and A2 and that winner is the other final team. Savvy??

Anonymous said...

there u go joeblow, theres your answer u moron

joeblow said...

no thanks to you...idiot

Anonymous said...

i like how everyone is fucking assholes the guy made a mistake and you guys just lost it wow good class act

Anonymous said...

No shit annonymous...lol, maybe start acting like world class players...shut up, n walk on the pitch, no one should be talking.

Anonymous said...

Ireland Sucks for teh record without Leigh Sembaluk. Maybe look for them to cry their way to the third round

Anonymous said...

leigh is only one player, u dont win matches with one player, stupid cunt

Anonymous said...

When he's the MVP and the player who controls everything for them, then yes he is there team, besides maybe bachelu and the goalie.

Anonymous said...

leigh has the influence on the team, but other players on that team can create chances

Anonymous said...

so so far leigh has played about 25 minutes the whole tournemnt? 10 mins the first game and 15 in the second game. and they still won 8-0 and 8-1 and look awsome. so i dont know about him beign the whole team they seem to be doing fine without him so far.