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World Cup group predictions

Brazil should coast to the knock-out stage. (©GettyImages)
Brazil should coast to the knock-out stage. (©GettyImages).

The World Cup always has the famous ‘group of death’,however, this time around in Brazil there are a number of groups that really make your mouth water. Which teams will roar through to the round of 16 and who will crash and burn at the first hurdle? Here, we make our predictions.

Group A

1st – Brazil

2nd – Croatia 

3rd – Mexico 

4th – Cameroon

Hosts Brazil have been handed a relatively easy group, with only Croatia truly able to mount an attack on first place. Even their form has been poor since a change of manager, however, and Brazil really should take all nine points. A lack of goals and creativity is Cameroon and Mexico’s problem, but both teams have the potential to nick second spot.

Group B

1st – Spain

2nd – Chile

3rd – Holland

4th – Australia

A group full of world class players, with the likes of Arturo Vidal, Arjen Robben and Andres Iniesta all capable of taking the Player of the Tournament award. This group could be won by any of those three countries, but I believe that Spain’s experience will shine through.

While Holland undoubtedly have some hugely influential players, I believe that Chile’s organisation and spirit will show. Australia will be lucky to take a point home.

Group C

1st – Colombia

2nd – Japan

3rd – Ivory Coast

4th – Greece

One of the easier groups to get out of, Colombia have the potential to get to the quarters or semi-finals and they will surely top the group. The last space has the potential to be taken by any of the three remaining teams.

Japan are favourites in my opinion, as they have real creativity and attacking prowess.

Group D

1st – Italy

2nd – Uruguay

3rd – England

4th – Costa Rica

Not the easiest but not the hardest - that’s what I would say about this group. Italy are not in the best form, but they always up their game for the major tournaments. Uruguay have a lethal strike partnership in Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez and England are strong across the board but lack that flair player.

The Three Lions will have to be at their best to get out of this group, but I think that class will outshine grit.

Group E

1st – Switzerland

2nd – France

3rd – Ecuador

4th – Honduras

Possibly the easiest of all the groups, Switzerland should top the group with their brilliant organisation, while France could utilise their true class or implode like last time. If so, Ecuador could make history by getting into the knockouts, while Honduras’s aim will be to take a point
back to Central America.

Group F

1st – Argentina

2nd – Bosnia & Herzegovina

3rd – Nigeria

4th – Iran

Argentina’s defensive frailties should be covered up by their unbelievable attacking qualities, while you can expect a battle between Bosnia and Nigeria for second place, with latter likely to just lose out. Iran are sure to be the bottom team in this group.

Group G

1st – Germany 

2nd – Portugal

3rd – Ghana

4th – USA

With the recent news that Germany’s star player Marco Reus has been ruled out though injury coupled with Portugal’s huge fanbase in Brazil, this could be tricky for the team second in the World rankings.

Both Ghana and the USA have the ability to set the tournament alight or fail to make any impact at all.

Group H

1st – Belgium

2nd – Algeria

3rd – South Korea

4th – Russia

Another weaker group, Belgium are a team that have huge potential, while Russia have a squad made up solely of players from their domestic league. Algeria are favourites for the runners-up spot but all three countries are capable.

This should prove to be a thrilling, dramatic and down right enjoyable month of football magic in Brazil.

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