The friendlies are done and dusted, the kick off less than a week away….and surely there’ll be no more last minute injuries?! The World Cup is going to be missing quite some talent through injury. Beckham, Essien, Altidore, Ferdinand, Drogba, Barry and Torres still coming back from injury. And Salvador Canañas. If being shot in the head can be counted as an injury. So it’s time to make the final predictions.
I’ve gone through the main categories of Favourites, Outsiders and Darkhorses already – click here for a reminder. Have I changed my mind since then? Not much. Germany are weaker for the loss of Ballack and even more of an outsider than they were. Ivory Coast will miss Drogba big time. I had them down as Dark Horses, and I hold out hope for them unless Portugal rediscover their form.
But my final word on the matter is this. England to beat Spain in the final. With the former having overcome the Netherlands in the semis. The latter having beaten gallant Mexico. South Africa, Serbia, Paraguay and Brazil to make up the numbers in the quarter finals. All as is laid out in the nifty chart below, a zoomable version of which can be seen by clicking here. If you make your own prediction using the BBC’s predictor, do leave the link to it in the comments, por favor!
I’ve also made my own predictions now on the Yahoo World Cup Fantasy League. Haven’t you joined yet? You pick the results and scores, not the players, which makes it more a test of skill, and more fun. In my opinion. Click here for the info on how to get with it.