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Round of 16 Predictions

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So here are the matchups for the Round of 16 (not in order of match date):

 

China vs Cameroon

USA vs Colombia

Germany vs Sweden

France vs S. Korea

Brazil vs Australia

Japan vs Netherlands

Norway vs England

Canada vs Switzerland

 

The three biggies to me are us vs the Swiss (for obvious reasons), Norway vs England, and China vs Cameroon. Those last two pairings I really don't know who will come out ahead but my gut says Norway and China. I'll be glued to the TV Sunday for our match vs the Swiss, and fully believe we will win.

 

To clarify, I put my predicted winner first (winner vs loser).

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womens-world-cup-tournament-bracket.jpg

 

 

Love the visuals.

 

Sure things (or close to);

Canada

USA

France

 

Very likely

Brazil

Japan

China

Germany

 

Don't know but you gotta choose one so..

Norway

 

Not exaclty sticking my neck out other than to call Canada a sure thing and give Auss, Holland and Sweden a fighting chance.  (Think Holland is a great opponent for Japan and Camaroon is pumped so..)

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My picks are really the same as Jeff and Jason above but what the heck, I'll stick my neck out and make it interesting:

 

Big upset: Sweden to beat Germany.

Biggish upset: Australia to beat Brazil.

Small upset: Cameroon to beat China.

 

You heard it here first!

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I feel like Cameroon might be able to beat China, although that seems a bit crazy to say when you look at the difference in their rankings. I think Colombia is going to trouble the US but the US will win.  I really liked Australia in the group stage and I think they could upset Brazil.   

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My upset special is Australia over Brazil. Other than that I'm going by the book. China, United States, Germany, France, Japan, Norway, Canada.

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I think the only clear cut match-up of all of them is the US-Colombia.

 

If I had to bet on two more it'd be on Japan and Canada, we are lucky to play a team with little following so our support will be strong.

 

The rest are ripe for upsets, Germany must be cursing their luck. I also think the Brazilians could be surprised, as the French.

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My upset special is Australia over Brazil. Other than that I'm going by the book. China, United States, Germany, France, Japan, Norway, Canada.

 

Really Bobbo you're going Norway over England too? I figured you for a "let me just look at the FIFA Women's rankings and go by that" kind of part-time supporter ;)

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Having watched the Swiss play in Vancouver, I would say that they are as good as the other teams Canada played in group A.  They are well organized, and their defensive midfielder is very good, and probably better than Des Scott on attack.  So, I'm not as confident that Canada is a cinch to win that game as many here are.

 

I would feel a lot better about our chances if the quality of our free kicks, corners, crosses and passes into the penalty area improved.  I seem to recall that most of those were pretty disappointing in the last three games.

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The only games I see as cinches are the US and France.

USA 4 Colombia 1

France 2 South Korea 0

 

I think Canada's match will be very hard fought and closely contested, but in the end the home team referee bias will tip it in our favour.

Canada 0 Switzerland 0 aet (Canada wins on penalties).

 

England have been improving but Norway have looked better, held the Germans, and have a long and strong history in WWC play so I expect them to prevail, probably by the odd goal and without the need for extra time.

Norway 2 England 1

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That would be quite a flyer! I think Japan are far too good for the Dutch and will waltz into the final. I don't think they will blow anybody away but they will get a lead and never look like relinquishing it.

USA are going to absolutely thrash Colombia! 5-1.

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