Those that know my history with sporting bets, know I am pretty much on the money 95% of the time. I am putting it out now, this is my group stage predictions.
Group stage winners
Group A - Brazil, Cameroon (on GD)
Group B - Spain, Netherlands
Group C - Greece, Japan (on GD)
Group D - Italy, Uruguay (on GD)
Group E - France, Honduras (on GD)
Group F - Argentina, Nigeria
Group G - Germany, Portugal
Group H - Belgium, Russia
Group of 16 winners
Then Brazil, Spain, Italy, Uruguay, France, Argentina, Germany, Portugal.
Quarter final winners
Then Spain, Italy, Argentina, Germany
Semi final winners
Then Spain, Germany
England are out at the group stage.
Germany / Spain to win it.
Italy are quite beatable really. Depends who we have up front who's fit at the time, hopefully Sturridge/Rooney.
But yeah, here's to mediocrity!
Italy has the advantage that they play and train in higher temperatures than we do. Italy play in temps between 15-40C...England play in temps 0-25C. Big difference. Temps in Brazil are expecting to hit the temps that Italy play in, so therefore, they have the advantage. Same goes for Uruguay and Costa Rica.
Ye of little Faith, get behind the English boys! I think we will get past the group stage!
Form, temperatures, and line up of squads tells me otherwise.
Very good point indeed, we will see. What time is the italy match on anyway in the UK?
The Italian's are quite beatable in group games, they were alright during the Euro's and the last World Cup but nothing spectacular. Drawing with New Zealand springs to mind.
First XI will be something like Hart/Walker/Jagielka/Cahill/Cole/Wilshere/Gerrard/Walcott/Townsend/Rooney/Sturridge . Could be worse.
Italy game has been shifted from 2am Saturday to 11pm Friday.
No way are Brasil going out in Round of 16
Brazil are out in quarter finals...not group of 16. My thoughts anyway