[PREDICTIONS] Ghana, the only African team to win its opening game, looks to make it two in a row against Australia, while Netherlands and Japan face off in a top-of-the-standings clash. For a look at Saturday's three games and Soccer America's predictions ...
NETHERLANDS (3 pts., 2-0) vs. JAPAN (3 pts. 1-0)
June 19 in Durban
Kickoff:7:30 a.m. ET.Television: ESPN/Univision.
Referee:Referee Roberto Rosetti (Italy).
Paul Kennedy: Netherlands 2-0
Ridge Mahoney:Netherlands 3-1
Mike Woitalla:Netherlands 3-0
THE LOWDOWN:Along with the Argentina-South Korea match, this is the only Day 2 meeting of teams that both won their opening games. Japan, so poor in the run-up to the World Cup, was the surprise winner over Cameroon, while the Netherlands cruised past Denmark. Dutch star Arjen Robben will again be kept out of the game with a hamstring injury.
GHANA (3 pts., 1-0) vs. AUSTRALIA (0 pt., 0-4)
June 19 in Rustenburg
Kickoff:10 a.m. ET.Television: ESPN/Univision.
Referee:Hector Baldassi (Argentina)
Paul Kennedy: Ghana 1-0
Ridge Mahoney:Tie 1-1
Mike Woitalla:Ghana 2-0
THE LOWDOWN:Ghana, the only African team to reach the second round of the 2006 World Cup, was the only African team to win its opening game. Australia's Tim Cahill received only a one-game suspension for his red card against Germany.
CAMEROON(0 pt., 0-1) vs. DENMARK (0 pt., 0-2)
June 19 in Pretoria
Kickoff:2:30 p.m. ET.Television: ABC/Univision.
Paul Kennedy: Denmark 1-0
Ridge Mahoney:Cameroon 2-1
Mike Woitalla:Tie 1-1
THE LOWDOWN:After Cameroon's opening loss to Japan, star Samuel Eto'o questioned about French coach Paul Le Guen's tactics. Eto'o complained he had to play on the right wing and often defended like a right back instead of playing as an out-and-out striker. Le Guen's response: Eto'o was playing where he played all season for Inter Milan.