Our regular host Dan Vikman is still in South Africa enjoying the beautiful African winter and the brilliant World Cup atmosphere, but one of our producers Niklas Joelsson will, together with Jonathan Deeley and Richie Sheridan, look into all the different possibilities and scenarios ahead of the last matches in both Group C and Group D today.
All eyes will be on England ahead of their final match against Slovenia in Group C and English bookmakers Jonathan and Richie are having their say about England’s current form and their chances.
Ghana is currently sitting in top of Group D, but will they overcome Germany and reach the second round, or will Serbia and the Germans leapfrog them in the last group stage round to reach the last 16? Don’t miss all the preview talk in today’s Inside Expekt.
I headed to Cape Town via a direct flight from London Heathrow together with 14 winners from Germany, Finland, Poland, Sweden and Denmark and with no time-difference and a nightly flight of 12 hours we landed feeling quite fresh on Sunday. I have done this trip once before and it is very special to be back now that the World Cup is here.
In Cape Town we have been surrounded by the vuvuzela’s and Portuguese supporters who were dancing on the streets after their heroes beat North Korea 7-0. We were lucky to be there and couldn’t believe our eyes when the goal blitz started in the second half with even Ronaldo scoring. Remember this is goal-shy Portugal, where Ronaldo scored for the first time since Euro 2008 in the national team, but stats are there to be beaten if you have the odds against you and we can expect some thundering last days of the group phase.
In England, the nation expects a win against Slovenia but they did so also against USA and Algeria and we all remember how that ended. England has looked for answers and explanations and can maybe find some comfort in these stats ahead of the crunch game against Slovenia: Since 1982 England have won 62% of all World Cup games shown on the BBC against 30% when shown on ITV. Wow. That tells you something, since England vs Slovenia will be shown on BBC. So go on and bet on England. With the Beeb behind them they cannot fail. We should trust the stats you know. Now I will continue to practice on my vuvuzela. Getting there.
Richie Sheridan states rule number one during the World Cup: Don’t get married! Get all your things done in time, but if you still have gardening works to do, make sure to do it when South Korea plays Greece. Richie says it will be the dullest match of the tournament.
The odds are obviously in favor to England when they face USA, question is what the score will be and if Wayne Rooney manage to keep his mouth shut.
Argentina comes armed with former super star striker Diego Armando Maradonna. We all know what he did for Argentina as a striker in Mexico ’86 – but can he coach?
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