Dexy’s World Cup group D preview

by Dexy Longshot

Monday, June 7th, 2010
 

Australia

The Ozzies are in the mix again and I’d rather we avoid them early doors. They did well in the last World Cup (a Totti last minute Pen knocking them out) & can turn it on if they stay off the Castlemaine but an ageing squad is a worry. They would love a win against us to make up for their Ashes defeat but sorry Bruce, when it comes to big round balls, we’re the crocs boll*cks mate!

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Harry Kewell has unsurprisingly got a knock and may be doubtful for the starts so they will heavily rely on Millwall reject Cahill’s goals to get them any further than last time.


Germany

Undefeated in qualifying and getting the better of Guus’s Ruskis, Joachim Low will try and go one better than Klinnsman’s semi last time round. I’d love to say nein chance but Ze Nationalmannshaft always do well. They don’t look as strong as previous years though. Ballack is out and Klose has not been a starter this season so may be a bit rusty. Maybe Podolski will be the difference if he can repeat his 2006 form. We may be facing them in the last 16, let’s hope it don’t go to pens again.

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Bastian Swinefacesteiger will have to take control in the middle of the park now that Ballack is out. The pug-faced Kraut helped me secure £500 nicker at the last world cup in the fantasy footy and will be hoping to repeat his good form for Bayern this year, his bird gets it too.


Ghana

Ghana are among the 6 African teams in this WC but I can’t see them getting any further than the 1st round. Appiah, Muntari, Gyan & John (He comes from Africa, he’s better than Kaka) Paintsil! on their day are all brilliant players except for Pantsil. I fancied them before the draw was made but after the loss of the brilliant Essien and being in the 2nd hardest group, The Black Stars will have a job of containing some of the more organised teams.

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The Black Stared Diamond for me now will have to go to ex-Portsmouth powerhouse Sulley Muntari. A steam-rollering midfielder with a wicked longshot on him, he will be testing the new footballs swerving ability severely. Will it be enough though for Ghana?


Serbia

Like an army of Ivan Dragos, I wouldn’t fancy a run-in with the Serbs. They kept the cheating Frogs in 2nd as they walloped Romania in their last game. Coach Antic has overseen, Barca & both Madrids so knows his onions. Robot-like Vidic, Stankovic and Krasic may cause a few upsets, as long as they don’t short circuit in the early games. I did fancy them as potential last 8 shoe-ins until I watched them at the weekend against Poland. A fairly disappointing show, but then again, we didn’t exactly set the world alight against Mexico and Japan.

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I’m going for Stankovic because his experience and excellent leadership plus I’ve still got his old Lazio shirt in the wardrobe. He’s been around for an eternity playing for 3 national teams (Yugoslavia, Serbia & Montenegro and now Serbia) but is still a cut above playing for Champs League winners Inter.

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  • dexylongshot

    Serbia are looking good and organised. I think Ze germanz may have been a had a bit of an easy ride against the ozzies. What odds they beat Ghana and everything goes to the fianl games for all of them. I’m back the serbs and germany.

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