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June 26, 2010 at 1:34 AM

World Cup predictions, knockout round of 16 v2.0

Before the tournament I made wholesale predictions leading up to a Spain win over Holland in the final. Obviously some of the round of 16 matchups are different than I anticipated, so I figured I’d give them another shot — while maintaining the integrity of my original picks, of course.

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Uruguay over South Korea — I didn’t have either of these teams advancing, so I’ll side with the South Americans. CONMEBOL has been unstoppable and Uruguay has looked especially sharp.

United States over Ghana — I picked our guys to make the quarterfinals and I’m not jumping ship now. I actually think in the run of play we’ve looked better than expected.

England over Germany — I had expected this matchup here, though with England winning the group and Germany as a runner-up. I’m sticking with the original pick, but not thrilled about it.

Argentina over Mexico — Originally both these teams were in the quarterfinals for me, but I picked Maradona’s side to go further. They’ve also looked like unstoppable so far, Messi especially.

Holland over Slovakia — The guys in orange were my pick to go to the title game. While I don’t think they’ve shown that kind of form, I’m confident they’ll get past this one.

Chile over Brazil — This was my surprise pick of my first predictions and I can’t turn my back on it now. I’m actually encouraged this can still happen after watching group play.

Japan over Paraguay — The hardest pick for my of this round (flip a coin?). I didn’t think Japan would advance, but they might have been the biggest surprise to me so far. This could go to PKs.

Spain over Portgual — La Furia Roja is my championship pick so they get the call here. Not sure what this game will bring since both teams have been up and down so far.

Let me know what you think. Offer your own predictions as well!

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