It is investigated that Argentina, Brazil, Spain are labelled as favorites.
And the soccer experts predict that at least one African team will go a long way, for they will be playing on their continent. As for a sleeper team, it may falls into Ivory Coast. While Sven-Goran Eriksson, who was recently named coach, hasn't necessarily realized his reputation as a super coach globally in recent years (England and Mexico), he could be the man who grasps the chance. It would not be a surprise if Ivory Coast reaches at least the quarterfinals.
The South Africans could be the weakest home team in the history of the World Cup. They will need some backup to get out of the opening round, whether it is from inside factors or a well-timed referee's decision.
Who will the finalists be?
It's easy to think of Brazil. They have a host of talents, and the Coach Dunga understands that pragmatic play wins at the international level.
Then there's Argentina, which barely entered the tournament. But ignore the qualifying. The World Cup is a brand new territory. Maradona's antics will divert some criticism toward his talented but underachieving team. Now if he chooses the right players and makes Messi to be Messi and Tevez to be Tevez, this could be one aggressive team. Maradona has to remember that Argentine team is not about him alone but about 23 players and playing well and winning.