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2014 FIFA World Cup Expert Picks: Group Stage

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil looks to be a fun one with plenty of story lines. ("The Simpons," 'Marge Gamer,' April 22 2007)

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 A Brazil Cameroon Croatia Mexico
Group B Australia Chile Netherlands Spain
Group C Columbia Greece Ivory Coast Japan
Group D Costa Rica England Italy Uruguay
Group E Ecuador France Honduras Switzerland
Group F Argentina Bosnia and
Herzegovina
Iran Nigeria
Group G Germany Ghana Portugal USA
Group H Algeria Belgium Russia South Korea

Name John Josh KC Matthew Nick B Nick G
Group A Winner Brazil Brazil Brazil Brazil Brazil Brazil
Runner Up Mexico Mexico Cameroon Croatia Mexico Croatia
Total Goals 8 7 5 8 10 8
Group B Winner Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain
Runner Up Netherlands Netherlands Chile Chile Netherlands Chile
Total Goals 8 5 6 7 8 5
Group C Winner Columbia Ivory Coast Columbia Japan Greece Columbia
Runner Up Japan Columbia Greece Ivory Coast Ivory Coast Greece
Total Goals 6 5 4 6 6 5
Group D Winner England Uruguay Italy Uruguay Uruguay Uruguay
Runner Up Uruguay Italy Uruguay Italy Italy Italy
Total Goals 6 4 4 7 7 5
Group E Winner Ecuador France Switzerland France France Switzerland
Runner Up Honduras Switzerland France Switzerland Switzerland France
Total Goals 5 6 5 8 9 5
Group F Winner Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina
Runner Up Nigeria Nigeria Bosnia and
Herzegovina
Nigeria Nigeria Bosnia and
Herzegovina
Total Goals 9 6 7 10 10 7
Group G Winner Portugal Germany Portugal Germany Germany Germany
Runner Up Ghana USA Germany USA USA Portugal
Total Goals 9 6 8 5 7 11
Group H Winner Belgium Belgium Belgium Belgium Belgium Belgium
Runner Up South Korea South Korea Algeria Russia Russia Russia
Total Goals 9 7 5 8 5 5

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