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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Euro 2012 Will the real Group of Death please stand up?

Who is the side to beat in the Euro 2012 competition? Well it depends on who you ask. There are dangerous sides in every group, in fact every group could make a case for the “Group of Death”. Here’s our group by group breakdown and the top 3 sides in each.
Group A – (Poland )Any time you have the host nation in the group you’ve got a problem so what would normally be a tough match on its own becomes one where any result is a considered a victory. (Czech Republic) Based on their performance in the last World Cup they would be one of the sides to beat but they have limped into the tournament after a bad loss to Hungary and may be without Mila Baros for the first and maybe two matches but the return of Tomas Rosicky just in time for the big match with Russia should be enough to push them through. (Russia) A powerhouse that has the experience and comes into the cup playing extremely well coming off a 3-0 drubbing of Italy but do they have the legs to go deep in the tournament? Any of these three can win the group and also be sent home early, oddly, if Greece can pull of an upset in any match that could be the difference. Our Pick: Czech Republic

Group B – Our Pick for the true “Group Of Death” as not only are any the three top sides in this group capable of winning the group whomever comes out of it should be the fav to win the whole thing. (Netherlands) already at 6-1 to win the tournament will be led by RVP the EPL’s leading scorer, and he’ll be flanked by Robben and Sneijder presenting one of the best fronts in the world. (Germany) The consensus pick to win the whole thing, should have the services of Klose and Schweinsteiger to make their roster complete. The matches they face in the group stage may be toughest test they get if they get out of it. (Portugal) Anytime you have Ronoldo you’ve gotta a chance to score and one goal in these games could make all of the difference. Not on the radar as they once were, age promises to factor in but probably won’t catch up with them until the latter stages of the tournament. In other words for the group stage they will be fit and ready. Odd man out…Denmark. Our Pick: Germany

Group C – A very close second to the most competitive group starting off with the defending champion (Spain) who will try to repeat the feat of 08. They will have the services of Cesc Fabregas but not Alvaro Arbeloa who is out at least for the first match with back problems. Their litmus test will come early as they take on Italy in the first game. Speaking of (Italy) they may not be the powerhouse we have seen in previous years but they can still do some damage and we look for them to be one of the two that come out of the group but it need be the side that plays in unison rather than the club team that played so poorly against Russia recently. (Croatia) the side no one wanted to play in the last World Cup needs to bring that kind of intimidation and steal a game early if they are going to rise to the top. Our Pick: Spain Odd man out: Ireland

Group D – Historically this could be a group where every match ended in a draw and tie-breaks decided who move on, but England is in shambles to the combination of suspensions, injuries, and family tragedies, and who knows if the French are due for another meltdown and players going home for other reasons. Because of that we like the host (Ukraine) to make some serious waves and if they pick up a win early it could lead to momentum that could cause an upset not seen since the Greek miracle of 04’. (Sweeden) quietly goes about their business as usual but may run into a buzzsaw in the first match as they take on the host and if it is more than a goal difference it could be costly. (France) well, it was a coin toss between they and the English mash unit, and at the fact that they may be looking to make a statement to make up for their last international appearance which may be just enough extra motivation to push them over the hump. Our Pick: France. Odd man out England.

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