World Cup Day Five Preview


This world cup promised excitement and goals and it has certainly delivered. For the first three days only one of the games featured less than three goals, and that game had two perfectly legitimate goals rules out. So what lies ahead in the three games on Day 5?

Germany v Portugal

Like Spain v Netherlands, this game will likely decide the group winner with Ghana and USA playing later in the day. There will be a clash of styles as the organised Germany will attempt to overcome the pace and flair of Portugal led by Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who is likely to play according to reports despite a niggling knee injury. Both teams will want to avoid a loss like Spain and I think Germany will edge their way to victory due to their superior organisation and overall quality, but a team with Ronaldo in it can never be discounted.

Germany 2 – 1 Portugal

Iran v Nigeria

I’m not really sure what to make of this game having not really seen much of these teams during the qualifying campaigns, and I really don’t think either of these teams will be staying in Brazil beyond the group games. Any points these two teams pick up agasint each other will simply be a nice bonus. Nigeria to edge it.

Iran 0 – 1 Nigeria

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  • Ghana v USA

    The USA are one of only two teams managed by a former World Cup winner and would love to record a win in their first match against African side Ghana. A win here would put pressure on the loser of the Germany and Portugal clash, or both if it was a draw, and possibly give the team a chance of qualifying for the final round. Ghana will also fancy themselves against the USA, and will definitely take every opportunity to attack so this is hardly a foregone conclusion for the American side but I back them to take a win.

    Ghana 0 – 2 USA