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Three-team fight in Group H
by SA Editorial, June 24th, 2010 2:40PM

TAGS:  brazil, portugal, spain, world cup


[PREDICTIONS] Brazil has clinched, and Portugal is all but assured of advancing in Group G. Chile, Spain and Switzerland could be headed for a three-way tie atop Group H. For a look at Friday's four games and Soccer America's predictions ...

BRAZIL (6 pts. 6-2) vs. PORTUGAL (4 pts. 7-0)
June 25 in Durban

Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET. Television: ESPN/Univision.
Referee: Benito Archundia (Mexico)
Suspensions: Brazil -- Kaka.

Paul Kennedy: Brazil 2-1
Ridge Mahoney: Brazil 2-1
Mike Woitalla: Brazil 2-1

IVORY COAST (1 pt. 1-4) vs. NORTH KOREA (0 pt. 1-9)
June 25 in Nelspruit

Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET. Television: ESPN2/TeleFutura.
Referee: Alberto Undiano (Spain)
Suspensions: none.

Paul Kennedy: Ivory Coast 3-0
Ridge Mahoney: Ivory Coast 4-0
Mike Woitalla: Ivory Coast 3-0

THE LOWDOWN: Group G has the least drama heading into the final day of group play. Brazil has clinched, and Portugal will also advance unless it loses to Brazil and Ivory Coast beats North Korea and the margins of victory in the two games are more than 11 goals.

CHILE (6 pt. 2-0) vs. SPAIN (3 pts. 2-1)
June 25
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET. Television: ESPN/Univision.
Referee: Marco Rodriguez (Mexico)
Suspensions: Chile -- Carmona, Fernandez.

Paul Kennedy: Spain 2-0
Ridge Mahoney: Spain 2-1
Mike Woitalla: Spain 2-0

SWITZERLAND (3 pts. 1-1) vs. HONDURAS (0 pts. 0-3)
June 25
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET. Television: ESPN2/TeleFutura.
Referee: Hector Baldassi (Argentina)
Suspensions: Switzerland -- Behrami.

Paul Kennedy: Switzerland 1-0
Ridge Mahoney: Tie 1-1
Mike Woitalla: Tie 1-1

THE LOWDOWN: If Spain and Switzerland win, they'll tie Chile with six points. If that's the case and either game is decided by more than one goal, Spain and Switzerland will advance.

  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: June 24, 2010 at 4:25 p.m.
    I hope Chile can pull off a big up-set by beating Spain tomorrow. I would have to say that Chile will win 1-0 over Spain. Chile has beaten Brazil and Argentina in Friendly's this year, so I've heard, and look to be the better team compared to Spain.
  1. Lenin Merchan
    commented on: June 24, 2010 at 10:28 p.m.
    I think Chile will win and help Spain go home early. They are just not the team everyone thought they were.

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