World Cup Predictions Challenge: Italy Crash Out, FIFA Stage Late Surge

Half VolleyContributor IIJune 24, 2010

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 24:  Fabio Quagliarella of Italy (R) reacts during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group F match between Slovakia and Italy at Ellis Park Stadium on June 24, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
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The Half Volley World Cup Predictions Challenge is pitting four different forecasters against each other in a bid to see who is the best at predicting the results of the 2010 World Cup.

An expert, a bookies, the public, and a computer game are all casting their eye over the group stage, with the results logged on Half Volley.

For more on the challenge, and the leaderboard, go to our main World Cup Predictions Challenge page .

After a well-earned knees up following England’s qualification into the last 16, the Half Volley team are back as the group stage reaches its climax.

And what a climax it is proving to be. Both finalists from the 2006 tournament are out, the hosts have been eliminated at the group stage for the first time, and Slovakia have joined South Korea in the knockout stage.

But what does it all mean for our predictors going into the final day of competition?

What we do know is that it will be incredibly tight. Sensationally, FIFA have picked up four perfect scores out of the last ten, leaving only two games empty handed. The public have continued their ropey form, gaining points only from England vs. Slovenia and USA vs. Algeria.

Here’s the results and leaderboard ahead of the final day of competition:

FIFA have now moved up alongside our bookmakers in the joint lead. Will the computer game sensationally take the title ahead of the professionals?

Check on Saturday morning to find out the winners of the Half Volley World Cup Challenge, and remember you can see all the results from the tournament so far on our World Cup Predictions Challenge main page.