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The World Cup is here. Host Brazil is one of the favorites; with their skill and home-field advantage, it’ll be tough to stop them for sure. They also belong to one of several groups that could legitimately considered groups of death as well, with Mexico and Cameroon, not to mention Croatia as opposition. Last time’s finalists Spain and the Netherlands are both in Group B opposite Brazil, and the US has to deal with perennial juggernauts Brazil and Germany, and also Ghana, which eliminated them from the previous two World Cups. There’s plenty of other potential surprises as well.
In our Pick ‘Em, we’ve brought you our picks for which two teams will advance from each group. One point goes to a correct pick to move on, except two points for correctly guessing a group winner instead. Furthermore, whichever team wins each group, we’ll also be guessing how many goals will be scored by that team in all three group games combined; picks are worth one point for being within one, or two points for being exactly right.
For reference, the teams in each group are presented below, followed by the picks. So check everything out, and be sure to check back when the Group Stage is complete for the results.
|Group C||Columbia||Greece||Ivory Coast||Japan|
|Group D||Costa Rica||England||Italy||Uruguay|
|Group F||Argentina||Bosnia and
|Group H||Algeria||Belgium||Russia||South Korea|
|Name||John||Josh||KC||Matthew||Nick B||Nick G|
|Group C||Winner||Columbia||Ivory Coast||Columbia||Japan||Greece||Columbia|
|Runner Up||Japan||Columbia||Greece||Ivory Coast||Ivory Coast||Greece|
|Runner Up||Nigeria||Nigeria||Bosnia and
|Runner Up||South Korea||South Korea||Algeria||Russia||Russia||Russia|