BRAZIL, PORTUGAL, IVORY COAST and KOREA DPR
Labeled the Group of Death this group is bound to provide the world with the most exciting action the group stage has to offer with Brazil, Portugal, and Ivory Coast fighting for the two advancing spots.
Brazil will advance... If the squad accepts manager Dunga’s personality and strategic choice. Though Brazil will be without famous names like Ronaldhino, Pato, Adriano and Ronaldo this time around, they are still ranked first in the FIFA World Rankings for a reason. The Samba Kings may not storm the tournament with style, flair and open attack this time around, but that could be the key in their run for a sixth World Cup title. Brazil now boasts a strong backline (Lucio, Juan, Maicon) and a tough-minded midfield (Gilberto Silva, Melo) to go with a world-class keeper in Julio Cesar. The Brazilians will expect their attack to be in immediate top form with Kaka, Robinho and Luis Fabiano set to dismantle a Korea DPR defence.
Portugal will advance... If they jump to a successful start and defeat Ivory Coast in their opening match. If the Portuguese get the early three points they will likely be sitting a top the table with six points after defeating a weak Korea DPR side in their second match. Cristiano Ronaldo will have the pressure of the spotlight, but Deco’s playmaking ability will be just as important for Portugal in attempting to beat the Group G defences.
Ivory Coast will advance... If they have Didier Drogba in playing shape. With Drogba able to play this will provide Ivory Coast with the exact boost needed to overcome this fierce group. The squad is filled up and down with talent and this nation is clearly the biggest threat of an African side lifting the trophy in July. Up front they are led by the goal scoring force of Didier Drogba. While the Toure brothers will provide the fight in the midfield and defence. Other big names that fill the roster are Eboue, Zakora, Keita and Kalou.
Korea DPR will advance... If two teams from Group G drop from the competition before it begins. It is not to say that Korea DPR does not deserve to be there, but being drawn into Group G was a death sentence for the North Koreans. They may have a fight in them, but it looks to be asking too much for them even to earn a single point or score a goal on top of that.
Advancing- Brazil and Ivory Coast
Though it will be anything but easy or breathtaking Brazil will win the group in much closer fashion than expected. The Ivory Coast will be motivated by the tough return of their leader and best player Didier Drogba and they will ride that wave past Portugal by smashing Korea DPR in their third and final group fixture.