E&T World Cup blog: day twenty, Uruguay vs Ghana

Yeah, baby! We’re back! It’s another Jules Rimet-licious World Cup day, as Uruguay take on Ghana in this evening’s quarter-final game. Groovy, baby!

Austin Powers: still excited about the World Cup, despite England's early exit
Austin Powers: still excited about the World Cup, despite England's early exit. Smashing!

It feels like ages since we last watched a football match and hopefully it’ll be nothing but mini finals from here on in until the maxi final next Sunday.

Uruguay vs Ghana has all the makings of a thrilling roustabout goalfest (TM) as Uruguay have scored a decent number of goals thus far – not for them the 1-0 squeaky bum win – and Ghana have the hopes of the entire African continent riding on their shoulders, so should feel suitably empowered to play figuratively, but hopefully not literally, out of their skins. That would be a distinctly unpleasant, if grotesquely compelling, spectacle.

Methinks it would put Uruguay off their game, particularly that sensitive fellow Diego Forlan. What a marvellous fellow he is. Shaking hands and commiserating with every Fulham player when the Europa Cup final ended before celebrating Atletico Madrid’s victory with his team mates: a class act all the way.

Diego Forlan: so nice, he deserves two World Cups
Diego Forlan: so nice, he deserves two World Cups

Anyhoo, fresh from the chiller, our rejuvenated panel is back on song. Here are today’s bullishly effusive predictions from our panel:

  • Dr Ian McHale, a Senior Lecturer in Statistics at the University of Salford: “Although I have liked watching Ghana, I will have to go with my simulations and back Uruguay.”
  • David Williams, head of PR at Ladbrokes: “Uruguay will hammer Ghana. The Africans have been a revelation but the Uruguyans will be cannier.”
  • Chris Day, goalkeeper for Stevenage FC: “2-0 to Uruguay.”
  • Laura Daligan, ‘psychic, artist and pin-up’: “Alas, Ghana will fight the good fight, but I feel Uruguay will just win.”

No one fancies the Africans, then. Us neither! These are just predictions, of course – what will the reality be? Why not add your comments and predictions below?

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. That’s my bag, baby, don’t bum out my trip.

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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