FIFA World Cup Day 2 preview
The Koreans want nothing less than a win in tomorrow's game versus Greece. Korean fans expect them to make it out of Group B easily and a loss against Greece would not help South Korea achieve that goal. Ji Sung Park is being trusted with the job of breaking down Greece's stubborn defence, and also of making sure the Greeks don't get any chances off the counter attack.
The Greeks will play their typical defence first style, and look for a goal off the counter attack or set plays. Arguably some of the most passionate fans. Greece's fans have expected their team to succeed ever since their triumph in 2004 when they won the European Championship even though they haven't been in the World Cup since 1994 they are under pressure to make the Knockout stage and maybe more. A win Tomorrow would certainly be a step forward in that process.
There has been alot of talk about how Maradona's squad is going to play tomorrow, and if they play the same way they did in qualifying the Argentinians could be in for a major shock. Being led into battle by their captain Javier Mascherano, Argentina will need to find a way to break down the tough Nigerian defence, and surprisingly Maradona seems to have a plan for that, because he will play an attacking 3-4-3 formation with Lionel Messi leading the line. Hopefully for Maradona if Argentina puts out an impressive display the Argentinian press may lay off him.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will be looking to unsettle Argentina tomorow and get at least a draw. If Nigeria is able to get a draw the Nigerians may be setting themselves up for a first place finish in Group B which would be greeted with praise from many. A Nigerian draw or win will also lead to some questioning whether Argentina is a contender, or simply a pretender.
England comes into this game against the USA as a favourite. If England is to win against the USA they will have to show that they have started to gel together as a team or the Americans will be more than willing to make them pay. Wayne Rooney will have to play a big part in this game if England are to win.
The Americans have been drawn in a group that they should be able to get out of if they play to their full ability. This game against England will be a good measuring stick game for the Americans as a draw would be a nice result for them showing that their magical Confedations Cup Run last year was no fluke. An interesting thing to watch for in this game is how the Americans will treat Wayne Rooney, because they were advised by former US international Alexi Lalas to test Rooney's temper and see if they can get him sent off. I am highly doubtful that a tactic like that would work especially since Rooney was not sent off once this season in the English Premier League. So don't be surprised if USA dont use that tactic, and hopefully we are in for a great attacking game.