The World Cup kicks off on Thursday with a clash between two Group A teams, host nation Brazil and Croatia. It is pretty much widely agreed upon that World Cup favorites Brazil will exit the group, likely as winner. The big debate is who will advance out with them in the second spot?
Soccer pundits everywhere seem to agree that the Brazilians will be joined by either Croatia or Mexico, but neither one has inspired confidence heading into the tournament as a clear-cut favorite to advance. Mexico’s pre-World Cup warm up games started with two convincing wins, but ended with two 1-0 losses.
Croatia, which is the arguably more talented of the two sides, has been battling and fighting through injuries leaving some to have doubt if the squad can advance.
Unfortunately for Cameroon, they have an uphill battle and are clearly labeled as the team with the smallest chance of advancing, but on the pitch anything can happen.
Watch Football Daily’s Laurence McKenna and Adam Boultwood, along with Dave O’Brien from Squawka, break down the group and give their predictions about who gets out of the tournament and into the round of 16.
Which two teams do you think will advance out of the group and into the knockout rounds? Sound off in the comments section below with thoughts and predictions of your own.