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What tricks does Maradona have for South Korea?
by SA Editorial, June 16th, 2010 1:21PM

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TAGS:  argentina, france, greece, mexico, world cup


[PREDICTIONS] Argentina players are crediting Coach Diego Maradona with coming up with the play that produced the winning goal against Nigeria. He'll need to come up with a plan to stop South Korea, so impressive in its win over Greece. For a look at Thursday's three games and Soccer America's predictions ...

ARGENTINA (3 pts., 1-0) vs. SOUTH KOREA (3 pts. 2-0)
June 17 in Johannesburg
Kickoff: 7:30 a.m. ET. Television: ESPN/Univision.
Referee: Frank De Bleeckrere (Belgium).
Past World Cup Meetings: 1986 -- Argentina 3-1.

PREDICTIONS:
Paul Kennedy: Argentina 2-1
Ridge Mahoney: Tie 1-1
Mike Woitalla: Argentina 3-0

THE LOWDOWN: Argentina players are crediting Coach Diego Maradona with coming up with the play that produced the lone goal in the 1-0 win over Nigeria -- a corner kick to the top of the penalty area, where defender Gabriel Heinze scored with a powerful header. The key to beating South Korea will be stopping Manchester United star Park Ji-Sung. Right back Jonas Gutierrez looked suspect against Nigeria.

GREECE (0 pt., 0-2) vs. NIGERIA (0 pt., 0-1)
June 17 in Bloemfontein
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET. Television: ESPN/Univision.
Referee: Oscar Diaz (Colombia).
Previous World Cup Meetings: 1994 -- Nigeria 2-0.

PREDICTIONS:

Paul Kennedy: Nigeria 1-0
Ridge Mahoney: Greece 1-0
Mike Woitalla: Nigeria 3-0

THE LOWDOWN: Nigeria was only poor, but Greece was terrible in their opening losses. The Eagles had their chances against Argentina in the second half and will be favored. All of their four wins in four World Cups have come against European opponents.

FRANCE (1 pt., 1-1) vs. MEXICO (1 pt., 1-1)
June 17 in Polokwane
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET. Television: ESPN2/Univision.
Referee: Oscar Diaz (Colombia).
Past World Cup Meetings: 1966 -- Tie 1-1, 1954 -- France 3-2, 1930 -- France 4-1.

PREDICTIONS:

Paul Kennedy: Tie 1-1
Ridge Mahoney: Tie 1-1
Mike Woitalla: Mexico 2-0

THE LOWDOWN: Look for Mexico to attack France just like it did South Africa. Mexico coach Javier Aguirre plans to stick with his 4-3-3 that features Carlos Vela, Guillermo Franco and Giovani dos Santos in attack. “It’s what has brought us here and we’re not going to change,” Aguirre said. “Yes, we do leave a lot of space at the back, but we’re going to continue this way.”



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