2010 World Cup Predictions: Beat The Pundits

wesley sneijder 2010 World Cup Predictions: Beat The Pundits

It’s time for the World Cup predictions, to determine which teams will advance from each of the first round groups and which country will go on to win the biggest prize in world soccer — the World Cup trophy.

Up until now, I’ve held off on providing my predictions namely because I wanted to wait unless there were any last minute injury scares. So with that said, I’ve listed my predictions below from each group. While in every World Cup there are always surprises especially with heavyweights getting knocked out of the first round, I’m finding it difficult to see which soccer heavyweights will not make it into the round of 16. But there are undoubtedly some predictions below that you may not agree with.

To make the predictions more meaningful and to have a bit of fun, I’ve gone ahead and listed my predictions alongside those of other world soccer pundits including the World Cup Buzz Podcast team and others.

And to make it even more fun, I’d like to ask you – the reader – to post your predictions in the comments section below.

My plan, as the tournament unfolds, is to publish a prediction “league table” to show which pundits got the most guesses correct, as well as to see how the readers of EPL Talk did against the pundits. Do you have what it takes to beat the pundits? Post your answers in the comments below.

One last thing before I reveal the predictions. If there are any pundits who have made predictions who are not listed below, post those in the comments section too so I can update the page. The more predictions from pundits, the merrier.

Here are my predictions as well as those from leading pundits:

Group A:

  • Kartik Krishnaiyer (World Cup Buzz): Mexico, South Africa
  • Richard Farley (World Cup Buzz): Mexico, Uruguay
  • Laurence McKenna (World Cup Buzz): Mexico, France
  • The Gaffer (EPL Talk): Mexico, South Africa
  • Andy Brassell: France, Uruguay
  • Paul Hawksbee: France, Mexico
  • Sean Ingle (The Guardian): France, Uruguay

Group B:

  • Kartik Krishnaiyer (World Cup Buzz): Argentina, Nigeria
  • Richard Farley (World Cup Buzz): South Korea, Argentina
  • Laurence McKenna (World Cup Buzz): Argentina, Nigeria
  • The Gaffer (EPL Talk): South Korea, Argentina
  • Andy Brassell: Argentina, Nigeria
  • Paul Hawksbee: Argentina, Nigeria
  • Mike Leigh: Argentina, Nigeria

Group C:

  • The Gaffer (EPL Talk): England, United States
  • Andy Brassell: England, United States
  • Paul Hawksbee: England, Slovenia
  • Laurence McKenna (World Cup Buzz): England, United States
  • Richard Farley (World Cup Buzz): England, Slovenia
  • Kartik Krishnaiyer (World Cup Buzz): England, United States
  • James Richardson (The Guardian): England
  • Barney Ronay (The Guardian): England
  • Kevin McCarra (The Guardian): England, United States
  • Barry Glendenning (The Guardian): England
  • Jonathan Wilson (The Guardian): England
  • Sean Ingle (The Guardian): England

Group D:

  • Kartik Krishnaiyer (World Cup Buzz): Germany, Serbia
  • Richard Farley (World Cup Buzz): Germany, Serbia
  • Laurence McKenna (World Cup Buzz): Germany, Serbia
  • The Gaffer (EPL Talk): Ghana, Germany
  • Andy Brassell: Germany, Ghana
  • Paul Hawksbee: Germany, Australia

Group E:

  • Kartik Krishnaiyer (World Cup Buzz): Netherlands, Denmark
  • Richard Farley (World Cup Buzz): Netherlands, Japan
  • Laurence McKenna (World Cup Buzz): Netherlands, Denmark
  • The Gaffer (EPL Talk): Netherlands, Japan
  • Andy Brassell: Netherlands, Cameroon
  • Paul Hawksbee: Netherlands, Cameroon
  • Mike Leigh: Netherlands, Japan

Group F:

  • Kartik Krishnaiyer (World Cup Buzz): Italy, Slovakia
  • Richard Farley (World Cup Buzz): Slovakia, Paraguay
  • Laurence McKenna (World Cup Buzz): Slovakia, Italy
  • The Gaffer (EPL Talk): Slovakia, Italy
  • Andy Brassell: Slovakia, Italy
  • Paul Hawksbee: Italy, Paraguay

Group G:

  • Kartik Krishnaiyer (World Cup Buzz): Brazil, Portugal
  • Richard Farley (World Cup Buzz): Brazil, Portugal
  • Laurence McKenna (World Cup Buzz): Brazil, Portugal
  • The Gaffer (EPL Talk): Brazil, Ivory Coast
  • Andy Brassell: Brazil, Ivory Coast
  • Paul Hawksbee: Brazil, Portugal

Group H:

  • Kartik Krishnaiyer (World Cup Buzz): Spain, Chile
  • Richard Farley (World Cup Buzz): Spain, Chile
  • Laurence McKenna (World Cup Buzz): Spain, Chile
  • The Gaffer (EPL Talk): Spain, Switzerland
  • Andy Brassell: Spain, Switzerland

World Cup Winner:

  • Sid Lowe (The Guardian): Brazil
  • The Gaffer (EPL Talk): Brazil
  • Barry Glendenning (The Guardian): Argentina
  • Andy Brassell: Brazil

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36 Responses to 2010 World Cup Predictions: Beat The Pundits

  1. UpTheBlues says:

    Group A: France, Uruguay
    Group B: Argentina, Nigeria
    Group C: England, United States
    Group D: Germany, Serbia
    Group E: Netherlands, Cameroon
    Group F: Italy, Slovakia
    Group G: Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire
    Group H: Spain, Chile
    World Cup Winner:
    Netherlands over Spain in the Final

    • Robert Carter says:

      Group A : France, Uruguay
      Group B : Argentina, S. Korea
      Group C : England, USA
      Group D : Australia, Germany
      Group E : Netherlands, Denmark
      Group F : Italy, Paraguay
      Group G : Brazil, Portugal
      Group H : Spain, Chile

      Second Round:

      France (2) – S Korea (0), England (2) – Germany (2) ((4) – (5) on Pens), Australia (1) – USA (1) ((4) – (2) on Pens), Argentina (4) – Uruguay (2), Netherlands (3) – Paraguay (0), Brazil (1) – Chile (0), Italy (2) – Denmark (0), Spain (3) – Portugal (2)

      Quarters:

      Netherlands (1) – Brazil (2), France (1) – Germany (1) ((4) – (5) on Pens), Argentina (2) – Australia (1), Italy (0) – Spain (3)

      Semis:

      Germany (0) – Brazil (2), Argentina (0) – Spain (1)

      Final:

      3 Place play-off:

      Germany (1) – Argentina (3)

      Final:

      Brazil (1) – Spain (1) ((3) – (4) on Pens)

      SPAIN will win their first ever world cup!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Top 4 : England, Netheland, Arggentina, Spain

      Final : Spain will defeat Nethaland

  2. Bboyaaron says:

    netherlands wont get into the last 4

  3. Group A: France, South Africa
    Group B: South Korea, Argentina
    Group C: United States, England
    Group D: Germany, Serbia
    Group E: Netherlands, Cameroon
    Group F: Paraguay, Italy
    Group G: Brazil, Portugal
    Group H: Spain, Chile

    World Cup Winners: (If not the United States) France
    Reasoning: Easiest time making it out of their group, talent and experience. Also the weather should help UEFA teams over CONMEBOL teams.

  4. Cricketlover says:

    Group A: Uruguay, South Africa
    Group B: Argentina, Nigeria
    Group C: England, United States
    Group D: Serbia, Germany
    Group E: Netherlands, Cameroon
    Group F: Paraguay, Slovakia
    Group G: Brazil, Ivory Coast
    Group H: Spain, Chile

    Winner: Spain

  5. JS says:

    Group A: France, Mexico
    Group B: Argentina, South Korea
    Group C: England, USA
    Group D: Germany, Serbia
    Group E: Netherlands, Denmark
    Group F: Italy, Slovakia
    Group G: Brazil, Ivory Coast
    Group H: Spain, Chile

    Winners: Brazil, over Spain

  6. Scott Alexander says:

    I’m curious of how you’re scoring the predictions. Perhaps you have insight or better methodology for us? At my bar, we are asked to pick the group winner and the second place finisher and given 5pts for an accurately placed pick or 3pts for an incorrectly placed but accurate in guessing advancement pick. Immediately after the group stage, we pick a straight knockout bracket without the handicap of keeping our previous picks (but keeping our points) for 4pts, 6pts, 8pts, and 10pts respectively….
    but if I had to pick everything on today’s info
    Group A: Mexico, South Africa
    Group B: Argentina, South Korea
    Group C: England, United States
    Group D: Germany, Ghana
    Group E: Netherlands, Denmark
    Group F: Italy, Paraguay
    Group G: Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire
    Group H: Spain, Chile
    QF: South Korea, Ghana, Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Spain. SF: Ghana, Brazil, Germany, Italy. F: Brazil 4-2 Germany, Consolation Match: Italy 1-0 Ghana

  7. Paul says:

    Group A: France, Uruguay
    Group B: Argentina, South Korea
    Group C: England, United States
    Group D: Germany, Serbia
    Group E: Netherlands, Japan
    Group F: Italy, Slovakia
    Group G: Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire
    Group H: Spain, Chile
    World Cup Winner:
    England over Italy in the Final

  8. dannydanny says:

    A: Uruguay, South Africa
    B: Argentina, Nigeria
    C: England, USA
    D: Germany, Serbia
    E: Netherlands, Denmark
    F: Italy, Slovakia
    G: Brazil, Portugal
    H: Spain, Chile

    Brazil over ?? for the final…going with either Argentina (maybe wishful thinking) or Spain

  9. DoItForCharlie says:

    Group A: Uruguay, Mexico
    Group B: Argentina, Greece
    Group C: England, USA
    Group D: Germany, Serbia
    Group E: Netherlands, Denmark
    Group F: Italy, Slovakia
    Group G: Brazil, Ivory Coast
    Group H: Spain, Chile

    Brazil

  10. Mike In Ohio says:

    Group A: France, Mexico
    Group B: Argentina, Greece
    Group C: England, United States
    Group D: Germany, Serbia
    Group E: Netherlands, Cameroon
    Group F: Italy, Slovakia
    Group G: Brazil, Portugal
    Group H: Spain, Switzerland
    Semifinals: Spain over Germany, Brazil over France
    Final: Brazil over Spain

  11. Jr1886 says:

    Group A: Mexico, Uruguay
    Group B: Argentina, Nigeria
    Group C: England, USA
    Group D: Serbia, Germany
    Group E: Netherlands, Cameroon
    Group F: Paraguay, Italy
    Group G: Brazil, Portugal
    Group H: Spain, Chile
    Final: Argentina beats Netherlands 2-1

  12. Adam Lim says:

    My Top 2 from each Group Predictions:
    A – Mexico, France
    B – Argentina, Nigeria
    C – England, Slovenia
    D – Germany, Australia
    E – Netherlands, Denmark
    F – Italy, Slovakia
    G – Brazil, Portugal
    H – Spain, Chile

  13. Junseok Park says:

    Group A : Mexico, S. Africa
    Group B : Argentina, S. Korea
    Group C : England, USA
    Group D : Germany, Ghana
    Group E : Netheland, Denmark
    Group F : Paraguay, Italy
    Group G : Brazil, Ivory Coast
    Group H : Spain, Chile

    Top 8 : S. Korea, England, Netheland, Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Denmark, Spain

    Top 4 : England, Netheland, Arggentina, Spain

    Final : Spain will defeat Nethaland

  14. J Rich says:

    Group A : Mexico, France
    Group B : Argentina, Nigeria
    Group C : England, USA
    Group D : Germany, Ghana
    Group E : Netheland, Cameroon
    Group F : Italy, Paraguay
    Group G : Brazil, Portugal
    Group H : Spain, Honduras

    Top 8 : Mexico, England, Argentina, Germany, Netherlands, Brazil, Cameroon, Spain

    Top 4 : England, Germany, Brazil, Spain

    Final : Germany beats Brazil

  15. Robert Carter says:

    Group A : France, Uruguay
    Group B : Argentina, S. Korea
    Group C : England, USA
    Group D : Australia, Germany
    Group E : Netherlands, Denmark
    Group F : Italy, Paraguay
    Group G : Brazil, Portugal
    Group H : Spain, Chile

    Second Round:

    France (2) – S Korea (0), England (2) – Germany (2) ((4) – (5) on Pens), Australia (1) – USA (1) ((4) – (2) on Pens), Argentina (4) – Uruguay (2), Netherlands (3) – Paraguay (0), Brazil (1) – Chile (0), Italy (2) – Denmark (0), Spain (3) – Portugal (2)

    Quarters:

    Netherlands (1) – Brazil (2), France (1) – Germany (1) ((4) – (5) on Pens), Argentina (2) – Australia (1), Italy (0) – Spain (3)

    Semis:

    Germany (0) – Brazil (2), Argentina (0) – Spain (1)

    Final:

    3 Place play-off:

    Germany (1) – Argentina (3)

    Final:

    Brazil (1) – Spain (1) ((3) – (4) on Pens)

    SPAIN will win their first ever world cup!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Brickthrower says:

    Group A:
    France, Uruguay

    Group B:
    Argentina, Greece (It’s insane how none of you picked Greece, even with their poor form in friendlies.)

    Group C:
    England, United States

    Group D:
    Germany, Serbia

    Group E:
    Netherlands, Denmark

    Group F:
    Italy, Slovakia

    Group G:
    Brazil, Portugal

    Group H:
    Spain, Chile

    Quarterfinal:
    Greece, Argentina, England, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Brazil

    Semifinal:
    England, Germany, Netherlands, Spain

    Finals
    Netherlands, Spain

    Winner
    Netherlands

    Reasoning: The Dutch are stacked and are obliterating teams. The Germans are in good form as well and despite the loss of Ballack they are still going to battle into the Semi’s. They are a team that gets it done. Spain will beat who they are expected to beat, but I don’t see them winning it all. Brazil vs. Netherlands will be the best game of the tournament, but I see a dramatic overtime loss for Brazil in the future. Italy might even lose to Denmark, I was being nice giving them that win. Greece will be sort of a cinderella story but England will prove to be too much for them. The poor Portuguese will go down in humiliating fashion to Spain. Chile will play Brazil well. Uruguay will play Argentina well.

    And Gaffer I admire some of your underdog picks, but if you somehow get a perfect brackets through the first round I will be utterly stupidly shocked.

  17. Adam Zdroik says:

    Group A: Mexico, South Africa
    Group B: Argentina, Nigeria
    Group C: England, United States
    Group D: Germany, Serbia
    Group E: Netherlands, Denmark
    Group F: Paraguay, Italy
    Group G: Brazil, Portugal
    Group H: Spain, Chile
    R2: Mexico, Argentina, England, Germany, Netherlands, Paraguay, Brazil, Spain
    World Cup Winner: Spain over England
    QF: England, Argentina, Netherlands, Spain
    SF: England, Spain
    Final: Spain

  18. Calgeo24 says:

    Group A: France, Uruguay
    Group B: Argentina, Greece
    Group C: England, USA
    Group D: Germany, Serbia
    Group E: Netherlands, Cameroon
    Group F: Italy, Paraguay
    Group G: Brazil, Portugal
    Group H: Spain, Honduras
    QF: France, England, Netherlands, Brazil, USA, Argentina, Italy, Spain
    SF: England, Brazil, USA, Spain
    3rd England over USA
    FINAL: SPAIN OVER BRAZIL

  19. GrobarDoGroba says:

    Group A: Uruguay, France
    Group B: Argentina, Greece
    Group C: England, Slovenia
    Group D: Serbia, Germany
    Group E: Holland, Cameroon
    Group F: Paraguay, Italy
    Group G: Brazil, Cote D’Ivoire
    Group H: Chile, Spain
    QF: Greece, England, Holland, Spain, Argentina, Serbia, Paraguay, Cote D’Ivoire
    SF: England, Spain, Argentina, Cote D’Ivoire
    3rd Cote D’Ivoire over England
    FINAL: Spain over Argentina

  20. Joel says:

    Dutch all the way

  21. James Dobson says:

    Winner – Without doubt The Netherlands. Strength in depth in all positions on the field from the keeper to the front line. Injury prone however it if the key players can maintain fitness they’ve a good chance.

    Dark Horses – probably South Africa. Home nations do tend to be buoyed significantly by their native crowd. Look at South Korea in 2002. That said they won’t win it! No dark horses will win it, the time is not right that the European/South American dominance to be broken.

    England Predictions – being Welsh I don’t care. I have no desires for England to lose especially, but if they can’t get past the EASY (England, Algeria, Slovenia, Yanks) group then something is seriously wrong. Quarter-finals at best.

    Player of the Tournament – Robin van Persie. this guy will have a tournament similar to Dennis Bergkamp in France ‘98. Remember that goal against Argentina? The Arsenal legend will no doubt conjure up something akin to this.

    Golden Boot – there is no significant trend in the Golden Boot winner over the past few World Cups however, on aggregate, more Brazilians appear to have won it than not. On that basis I am going for Luís Fabiano.

    Emerging Player – somebody’s African. Everybody will be looking to Africa. This guy seems to have a good strike rate, Katlego Mphela. Mind you, that’s properly against the likes of Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic and other bastions of world football!

  22. kyle says:

    Group A:
    France, Uruguay

    Group B:
    Argentina, Greece

    Group C:
    England, United States

    Group D:
    Germany, Serbia

    Group E:
    Netherlands, Camaroon

    Group F:
    Italy, Slovakia

    Group G:
    Brazil, Portugal

    Group H:
    Spain, Chile

    Quarterfinal:
    Greece, Argentina, England, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Brazil

    Semifinal:
    England, Germany, Netherlands, Spain

    Finals
    Netherlands, Spain

    Winner
    Netherlands

    It’s time that the Dutch take it, they’ve easily been the best team ever to have never won the world cup, and 2010 will change that. They’ve been a champion team with no championships. That will end, they are stronger than ever (almost ;) ) and they want it more than ever. It’s the year of the Dutch.

    Go Nederlands!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Ethan Prance says:

    Spain to beat Argentina in Final

  24. Eric Truog says:

    Wow, Richard Farley is sniping.

  25. Dug Dee says:

    All I got to say is look at Richard Farley’s predictions so far. The guys has only missed twice in the top 2 group selections out of 6 groups. (10 for 12) Impressive

  26. Scott Alexander says:

    also really weird that all the remaining European teams are all segregated into exclusively European groups

  27. super-kuper says:

    There’s no doubt that Spain will be in the final.

  28. Dipenda Shahi says:

    Uruguay will win the world cup 2010

  29. Gee says:

    GERMANY, GLORY!

  30. henry velez says:

    I want Spain or Uruguay

  31. GUNVANT SOLANKI says:

    WILL WIN – GERMANY

  32. henry velez says:

    For the 3rd place will be Uruguay and for 1st place Spain.
    But the other 2 team are strong.

  33. Jackandpele says:

    I believe Uruguay will win. I just have this feeling.

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