Here's my predictions for the next couple of days' matches.
Paraguay vs. New Zealand: I would LOVE New Zealand to go through, but while they were successful in holding off Italy, Paraguay has one thing Italy are missing - a striker.
Prediction: 2-0 Paraguay.
Slovakia vs. Italy: On paper this is easily Italy's. Despite their hiccups, I am expecting an Italy victory. Hopefully, I am wrong.
Prediction: 1-0 Italy.
Result: 3-2 Slovakia
Denmark vs. Japan: This one is tough to call as both teams look resilient and in form despite a terrible warm up campaign. Denmark is the champion of long passes though, so I would hedge it in their favour.
Prediction: 2-1 Denmark.
Result: 3-1 Japan
Cameroon vs. Holland: No contest. Next to Algeria, Cameroon are probably the worst team from Africa. Without being their best, Holland has managed to produce the goods.
Prediction: 2-0 Holland.
Result: 2-1 Holland
Portugal vs. Brazil: With a potential to be the match of the day and both teams through (Brazil, mathematically, Portugal practically), I am expecting this to be a dull, cagey draw. A nothing to gain, nothing to lose for both.
North Korea vs. Ivory Coast: Another African disappointment, at least they will hope for a victory here. North Korea has blown hot and cold, but the Ivory Coast should be able to win here. If however Portugal starts losing 3-0 in the other game, expect the Ivory Coast to then gun for it.
Prediction: 2-0 Ivory Coast.
Result: 3-0 Ivory Coast
Switzerland vs. Honduras: Can BOTH these teams lose? Please?
Prediction: 2-0 Switzerland.
Spain vs. Chile: They save the best for the last. Will a South American team taste defeat for the first time this world cup? This could be a time even with two victories you can go out. I am calling this for Chile though.
Prediction: 2-1 Chile.
Result: 2-1 Spain