Went 7-1 in my round of 16 predictions, only missing on the USA game. Still super steamed over that, that's why I NEVER bet on sports. FML! There are 2 epic games in the quarters and 2 so-so games, but I will surely watch all 4 regardless.
Brazil-Netherlands: A game worthy of the Championship Game, these have been arguably the two best teams in the tournament so far. While teams have been able to slow Brazil down in 1st halves, Brazil has dominated 2nd halves with their relentless attack. The Dutch meanwhile have been perfect so far, winning all 4 of their games, the only European power to play to their potential so far. Still, Brazil is too deep, too experienced, and too talented.
Brazil 2 Netherlands 1
Uruguay-Ghana: One thing we learned is that Ghana is fast, fast, fast, and plays very solid futbol making very few mistakes. While they didn't create a ton of chances against the Americans, they took advantage of a couple of defensive lapses to eek out a win. Uruguay will NOT make the same mistakes. They have surrendered only one goal in the tournament so far, and their front line of Suarez and Forlan have carved up opposing teams defenses.
Uruguay 2 Ghana 0
Germany-Argentina: The other big showdown, both teams have been dominant aside from one group game letdown by the Germans against Serbia. Both teams were beneficiaries of poor officiating in an otherwise dominant round of 16 performance. Call it a hunch but in an otherwise even matchup, I just think Argentina is due for a letdown performance and the Germans roll in the semis.
Germany 3 Argentina 1
Spain-Paraguay: Paraguay eeked out a penalty kick win over Japan in one of the most boring matches of the tournament while Spain finally cracked Portugal's back line. David Villa has been arguably the best player in the tournament so far, and Spain will dominate the time of possession, wearing down the Paraguayan defense and then striking for a couple of goals in the 2nd half.
Spain 2 Paraguay 0