A lot of football water has flowed under the World Cup bridge since last we wrote, not least the total elimination from proceedings of Brazil and Argentina. Ay caramba!
Our entire panel got the Argie/Bosh game wrong, roundly proclaiming a triumph for Argentina and – in one case – a good trampling for the Germans. The Hun are looking pretty untrampleable now, aren’t they? Right you are, Clarence!
What was even more shocking to E&T was the list of national management heads that have, quite literally, “rolled” following their team’s early exit. MOTD2 did a slideshow of Those We Have Loved and I think it was at least a dozen managers given the chop, maybe more. You don’t get long to make your mark in football these days, that’s for sure. And not one Fabio Capello among them!
Anyway, we’re now at the sharp end of the tournament, with four teams only two games away from being number one.
Today, it’s the fates of Holland and Uruguay that hang in the match-winning balance with the sword of Damacles that is the final whistle hanging over their collective dream, suspended by the impossibly delicate thread of goals for, itself at the mercy of goals against.
Here are today’s predictions from our panel:
- Dr Ian McHale, a Senior Lecturer in Statistics at the University of Salford: “I will go with the model for both games: Holland to beat Uruguay.”
- David Williams, head of PR at Ladbrokes: “As a bookie, I’d like to see Uruguay win as they are the rank outsiders! Nonetheless, I suspect the Dutch will win 2-0.”
- Chris Day, goalkeeper for Stevenage FC: “Holland 2-0 tonight.”
- Laura Daligan, ‘psychic, artist and pin-up’: “OK tonight I’d say Holland seem to start really well and it would look like they’ll win, but then Uruguay pull back in the second half, it’ll be very close and could go to penalties. I feel Holland may just win, though.”
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. I’m not facing the sack for poor performance, no sirree bob.
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.