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Group C and D play their final matches today. I take a brief look at the games and FLEAROY and I make our picks:


England v Slovenia

Slovenia only need a tie to advance, and that’s been their goal all along, so expect them to play a defensive minded, ball-control game. England needs to win to ensure they move on to the round of 16. I would imagine the Three Lions will be much more aggressive on the attack and I expect a new partner for Rooney up front (likely Defoe for Hemsky) in the hopes it will generate something for the Man U striker who has been lost so far in the tournament. My heart says Slovenia wins outright, my brain says England has to win as it’s written on paper, and my gut says England plays much better but can’t get the result that’s needed. To all my Scottish friends who will lament my pick below I say I am picking England to win since doing so will surely mean they won’t:

FINAL England 2 Slovenia 1 (GO SLOVENIA!)
FLEAROY England 1 Slovenia 1

US v Algeria

Algeria played a solid team game in holding England to a 0-0 draw in their last game, while the Americans mounted a great comeback and were jobbed out of a victory thanks to the referee in their match against Slovenia that ended 2-2. The US advances with a win and they’ll get it today, which would be a first for them at the World Cup, as they’ve never won the 3rd game in group play. They’re too well coached and motivated to waste this opportunity (England could do well to take the lesson from the Americans):

FINAL US 2 Algeria 1
FLEAROY US 1 Algeria 0

GROUP D – Germany v Ghana

Ghana has been my pick since day one to be the lone African team to qualify, but they’re in tough to do so, up against a German team who needs a win to go through. The question is which German team will show? The one that dismantled the Aussies or the one who meekly lost to Serbia 1-0? Even without striker Klose (suspension) Germany should overpower Ghana, but somehow I see the Germans checking the scoreboard to see if the draw was enough to put them through.

FINAL Ghana 2 Germany 2
FLEAROY Ghana 0 Germany 3

Serbia v Australia

The ‘socceroos’ (gawd don’t you just hate some of these nicknames) think they can still make it through, but it will take a miracle, and I don’t see any seas parting today. Serbia has got to play a full 90, not like they did against Ghana. Sorry to say it Roy, but I think the Australians do enough to keep your team out.

FINAL Serbia 1 Australia 1 (GO SERBIA!)
FLEAROY Serbia 1 Australia 0

For the record I’d like to see Slovenia and the US advance in Group C and Ghana and Serbia in Group D.

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