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With five days to go, what's everyone's thoughts on the World Cup?

Potential winners?
Dark horses?
Top scorers?


Sat Jun 07, 2014 9:29 am
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Winner - Argentina
Dark Horse - Belgium
Top Scorer - RVP @ 35/1 Obviously need the dutch to get through a tricky last 16 match

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Sat Jun 07, 2014 9:45 am
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Haha, my thoughts on potential winner and dark horse are exactly the same!

Winner: Argentina (probably the best overall squad, an easy group and a possible continental/climate advantage)

Dark Horse: Belgium (the bookies currently have them as fifth favourites, ahead of the likes of France, Italy, England, Portugal and Netherlands, so perhaps not strictly speaking a 'dark horse', but I've put them in this category as they're not one of the traditional powerhouses of world football - they have a great squad and an easy group)

Top Scorer: Higuain (Argentina) or Lukaku (Belgium) - both have the potential to pick up a few early tournament goals in easy groups


Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:01 am
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Haha, my thoughts on potential winner and dark horse are exactly the same!

Winner: Argentina (probably the best overall squad, an easy group and a possible continental/climate advantage)

Dark Horse: Belgium (the bookies currently have them as fifth favourites, ahead of the likes of France, Italy, England, Portugal and Netherlands, so perhaps not strictly speaking a 'dark horse', but I've put them in this category as they're not one of the traditional powerhouses of world football - they have a great squad and an easy group)

Top Scorer: Higuain (Argentina) or Lukaku (Belgium) - both have the potential to pick up a few early tournament goals in easy groups


I have backed Lukaku too :lol: :lol:

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Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:05 am
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Post Re: World Cup
Winner - Brazil
Dark Horse - Chile
Top Scorer - Fred/Neymar


Sat Jun 07, 2014 12:41 pm
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Post Re: World Cup
Winner: Germany
Dark Horse: Belgium
Top scorer: Not too sure, so many players capable of scoring lots of goals, but as others have said maybe Lukaku. Also maybe Podolski,(only cause I'm a Arsenal man...)


Sun Jun 08, 2014 8:08 am
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Post Re: World Cup
Winner - Brazil
Dark horse - Colombia
Top scorer - Messi


Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:23 pm
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Exactly 24 hours (+ 5 mins!) to go before kick-off... will Brazil dominate the opener, or will Croatia provide a scare?

I think Croatia might provide a brief scare, but I predict Brazil to come through the first match fairly easily, maybe 3-1.


Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:55 pm
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gone for 3 0 Brazil

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Thu Jun 12, 2014 4:27 am
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Post Re: World Cup
Winner - Spain / Argentina / Germany
Dark Horse - Belgium / Uruguay / Holland
Top Scorer - David Villa / Aguero / Suarez / VanPersie

Spain Germany have the usual solid strength in squads. Spain for me has more magic to win matches and tournaments and the modern tactical games, Germany are technically strong but lack the flair

creativity magic of say Argentina's Aguero, Uruguay have Suarez and underrated Diego Forlán who has score 6 more goals in the world cup than populists Messi who has not scored in last Worldcup!
For me bookies always over rate Brazil lol

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Spain 13-2 Winners
Suarez 25-1 TGS
David Villa TGS 80-1 ew

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Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:34 pm
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Post Re: World Cup
panther wrote:
I think Croatia might provide a brief scare, but I predict Brazil to come through the first match fairly easily, maybe 3-1.


I guess my prediction was 100% spot on!

Predictably, the match ended up being 12 vs. 11, with the referee strongly favouring the hosts, but Brazil were the better team overall and deserved the win.

I must admit though, I went into the match looking forward to watching Brazil play and seeing them do well in their home World Cup... by the end of the match though, I was cheering for Croatia and thinking about who might hopefully beat Brazil in the last 16 or last 8! I don't think Brazil did themselves any favours with neutral fans this evening.


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agree totally....
was cheering for Croatia towards the end and thought they were hard done by !


Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:43 pm
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cahiller wrote:
agree totally....
was cheering for Croatia towards the end and thought they were hard done by !


Everyone that I've spoken to today was cheering for Croatia in the second half last night! Brazil really didn't win themselves any friends at all!


Fri Jun 13, 2014 10:07 pm
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Spain looking unlikely now...

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Spain looking unlikely now...


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Fri Jun 13, 2014 10:26 pm
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