Monthly Archives: June 2010

Brazil win and Uruguay draw could be the daily specials to back

Recent form suggests Brazil-Holland and Uruguay-Ghana will be low-scoring

It pays to know how the Golden Ball is awarded

History shows that losing finalists provide more Best Player winners than you might think

Injuries disrupt Brazil and Uruguay quarter-final preparations

Uruguay lose Godin, while Alves will deputise for Brazil's injured Elano

Redknapp the early leader in race to be next England manager

Pearce, Allardyce and Wenger also all in contention to succeed Capello

Last chance to get some value out of winners market

With Argentina meeting Germany on Saturday, both are available to win the cup at tempting prices

Brazil profile – Dunga’s men favourites for more than one reason

Strong at the back, classy in midfield and selectively devastating up front - Brazil have it all

Uruguay profile – mean defence and potent poachers a deadly mix

Star strikers Suarez and Forlan will be backed up by formidable defence against Ghana

Holland profile – Oranjes have depth for fruitful campaign

Peel away the first team layer and you find youthful, high quality back-up

Ghana profile – solid foundations can pave the way for progress

Ghana's impressive defensive form could see them edge Uruguay in quarter-finals

Interesting trend points to a South American winner

Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay have reason to be cheerful, it seems

History suggests a spot for Brazil or Germany in the final

If trends continue, the final will find one European team facing a South American one

Villa takes a step closer to second Golden Shoe in a row

Barca's new striker in lethal form and ready to repeat Euro 2008 success

Uruguay dare to dream of winning third World Cup

Uruguay look beyond Ghana in last eight and target final glory

Tevez can rescue Premier League’s battered reputation

Argentina striker leads race to be top Premier League scorer at World Cup

Holland inspired by Total Football tradition in bid to beat Brazil

Dutch hope to repeat their 1974 win over Brazil in crunch last eight tie

Lethal Luis Fabiano targets Golden Shoe and World Cup double

Striker can emulate Ronaldo by winning both World Cup and Golden Shoe

Spain vs Portugal – teams announced

Spain name the usual team to face Ronaldo's Portugal

Paraguay vs Japan – match decided on penalties

Paraguay go through after a tense spot kick finish

Expect around two goals when Spain meet Portugal

David Villa will be keen to chase the Golden Shoe, Torres probably just wants a goal

Harry set to earn his spurs?

Punters backing Harry Redknapp to become next England manager

Paraguay vs Japan – teams announced

Paraguay make five changes, Japan name same side

Japan and Portugal ready to frustrate their loftier last 16 rivals

Daily doubles market offers excellent value on underdogs grabbing draws

Brazil vs Chile – Samba stars dance their way to quarters

Brazil get past Chile with hip-shakes, side-steps and brick-wall solidity

Spain vs Portugal – Ronaldo and co hoping to crush rivals’ dream

Defensively formidable and dangerous in attack, Portugal are out to cause an upset

Paraguay vs Japan – Battle of surprise packages to go all the way

Neither of these two were predicted to be involved in this tie but they are evenly matched

Omens bode well for Uruguay’s hopes of reaching final

History suggests that team outside FIFA rankings' top 10 will reach final

Brazil vs Chile – teams announced

Kaka and Robinho back for Brazil and it's a new centre-back pairing for Chile

Brazil vs Chile – long thin country expects routine thrashing

Chile feel overmatched and need Brazil to be at their most complacent to stand any chance