World Cup Group G preview
Projected order of finish:
Knowing that World Cup predictions can only ever come back to haunt you, let's nonetheless say with some confidence that North Korea doesn't stand a chance without some serious divine intervention. As for the rest, the clash between Ivory Coast and Portugal on June 15 will do much to decide the outcome, since Brazil looks in fine enough fettle to merit the favorite tag.
Eriksson has said the match will be "like a final," though it takes on a rather different complexion if Drogba cannot play. Despite looking rather impotent at times in qualifying, Portugal will see this as a chance to stake an early claim on second place. Ivory Coast will feel able to contain the Portuguese for the most part, but may have a harder time penetrating their defense without Drogba to bruise and buffet it into mistakes.