World Cup 2010: Group G Analysis - Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast & Portugal

Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast and Portugal will make up Group G...
The World Cup 2010 draw has concluded, with all eight groups having been decided.

Here we see Group G:

 North Korea (AFC)
Ivory Coast (CAF)
Portugal (UEFA)

Group Strength

A tantalising battle between three teams, Brazil, Ivory Coast and Portugal, who love to exhibit the beautiful game. North Korea pulled off one of the biggest shocks ever in World Cup finals history when they stunned Italy back in 1966, but they will be out for an even bigger scalp if they can take down the Selecao.

Group Favourites

Brazil should be confident of securing top spot in the group, but Portugal, if they can really hit form in six months' time, will put in a serious challenge.  The Selecao will be glad to face their Portuguese cousins, but a physical encounter with Ivory Coast could give them some problems.

Battle for Second

Portugal and Ivory Coast will go hammer and tongs to fight for second place at the very least. That they will meet each other in their first group game may be anti-climactic for the final round of games, but it will be an extremely vital opening encounter for both. Whoever loses will face an uphill battle to get back on track.

The Outsiders

North Korea are the underdogs in this group full of pedigree and star players. They could not have asked for a more difficult first game to kick-start their finals campaign, but if they bag positive results in the other two matches, they could pull off a surprise. Again!

The Long Road Forward

The runners-up for this group will face the winner of Group H, very likely to be Spain. That essentially means that they will have to face the number one and number two ranked nations in FIFA's current world ranking. It doesn't stop there as a potential clash with Italy also awaits in the Q-finals.

The winners of this group, however, could face Netherlands in the last 16, while England, France, Germany or Argentina are possible opponents in the semi-finals.

What The Numbers Say
Powered by Castrol Predictior - crunching the numbers to find the strength of each team and the path they take to the final

Team Qualify for Second Round Qualify for Quarter Final Qualify For Semi Final Qualify for Final Win
Brazil 91.7% 67.7% 48.8% 35.0% 23.6%
Portugal 52.4% 22.5% 10.9% 5.0% 1.8%
Ivory Coast 50.5% 21.2% 10.0% 4.4% 1.5%
North Korea 5.4% 0.8% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0%

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