EA Sports has played out the whole World Cup on one of its engines and have set Spain to win it. They also state that the hosts, South Africa, are going to play horribly. Spain’s final win will be over Brazil, their road there including a 5-4 penalty shootout quarterfinal win over Italy and a 2-1 win over Argentina in the semis.
Here are their official predictions:
World Champion- Spain
World Cup Final- Spain 3 Brazil 1
1st team to be eliminated from the tournament- South Africa
Golden Boot winner- David Villa (Spain) with 8 goals
Golden Ball winner- Kaka (Brazil)
Interestingly, they don’t have the US making it past the Round of 16. Accurate? Many seem to agree with the prediction about South Africa. No host country has ever failed to make it to the Round of 16, but this year may be the first.
From their group (A), France and Mexico are looking like favorites. Some groups seem to be easy jobs for Round of 16 predictions. For example, Group B is pretty much looking like Argentina and Greece, unless Nigeria can muster up a little more last minute talent. Luckily for the US, their chances of making it out of group C look good, with their only other competitor being England.
Germany will most likely do well in South Africa, but when it comes to the second choice from group D, it is not so simple. Australia and Serbia are very equal, Serbia possibly having an edge on defense. Will the Netherlands finally come home with a trophy? They have a lot of wins, but not much to show for it. Therefore, group E may be sending Denmark and Cameroon to the Round of 16.
Italy got a great draw and are in an easy group, but this may only temporarily hide that thy have gotten older since they won the World Cup in 2006. Paraguay has only ever made it to the Round of 16, a pattern they can definitely continue this year. But will they make it further?
Brazil is moving on. That’s a no brainer. It’s Brazil. But for Portugal, they better hope they make it to the second round is coach Carlos Queiros wants to keep his job. Spain, number 1 seed, has one question attached: will the team who won the Euro title in 2008 show up or will it be the won who lost to the US in the Confederations Cup? Chile could steal the first spot in group H from Spain.
Going into the second round is where predictions get risky. You can have opinions on what games will go to penalty kicks and so on, but this is where we will see surprises. It makes for a much more interesting month of July. Fantasy soccer bracket games are available for interested fans!