E&T World Cup blog: day seven, Argentina vs South Korea

Well, there you have it: the curse of football punditry strikes down our valiant stats man, as his glorious shining record came a cropper at the sixth hurdle when Kean Beausejour fumbled the ball over the Honduras goal line, securing a win for the flame raisin-producing, Cabernet-swilling Chileans. Officially not a draw.

We should have known better. The minute we publicly celebrated Dr Ian’s predictive performance we doomed his impressive run to come to an abrupt end. Sorry about that, Dr Ian.

Dr Ian McHale: no longer on fire
Dr Ian McHale: no longer on fire

On the upside, our other three panelists correctly predicted the win for Chile, including our resident psychic Laura who identified the narrow margin of victory.

On to today’s game now or, as the French say, le game du jour.  The blue and white stripes of Argentina take on the tiger-inspired red of South Korea, as the pampas meets the jungle. Will the decadent South Koreans fight as valiantly against the South American bourgeoisie as the noble North Koreans did against Brazil? It’s the big Korean ideology smackdown, as them down South seek to transcend the performance of them up North. Coo, it’s just like the UK, innit?

Here are today’s predictions from our panel:

  • Dr Ian McHale, a Senior Lecturer in Statistics at the University of Salford: “A win for Argentina.”
  • David Williams, head of PR at Ladbrokes: “Argentina”.
  • Chris Day, goalkeeper for Stevenage FC: “3-0 to Argentina″.
  • Laura Daligan, ‘psychic, artist and pin-up’: “South Korea wear a bold red shirt.  Red is associated with heat and warmth, but can also mean danger or temper. Red is also the colour of blood, so has strong symbolism for life and vitality, with an emphasis on survival. Red is also the color of passion and lust. South Korea will need all these attributes today. They also have a tiger badge representing strength and courage. But I feel that Argentina will prove too strong for them, so I predict a win for Argentina.”
Not much predictive love for the South Koreans, then. Today’s interesting football nugget is that the managers of both teams played against each other at the Mexico ’86 World Cup, with Huh Jung-Moo man-marking Diego Maradona. Or not so much, as it turned out: the score that day was 3-1 to Argentina.
Remember: this is just for fun and all predictions are for entertainment only. Any mortgages lost or other sums squandered based on the information supplied are your own responsibility! And yes, I will keep mentioning this every day. Every. Single. Day. Until. The. End.
Incidentally, if you want to read our magazine feature on the science of football prediction, I can heartily recommend it. If you’re not much of a reader, wear your eyeballs out on the accompanying football predictions video.

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