First blush: JPW and Nick pick the World Cup

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The World Cup groups have been set for a solid hour, so it seems prudent to make our first predictions at who will win the whole darn thing in Russia.

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Joe Prince-Wright and Nick Mendola (me) are on hand for the fun, so let’s get right to it.


JPW

Group A
Uruguay
Egypt
Russia
Saudi Arabia

Group B
Spain
Portugal
Morocco
Iran

Group C
France
Denmark
Peru
Australia

Group D
Argentina
Croatia
Iceland
Nigeria

Group E
Brazil
Serbia
Switzerland
Costa Rica

Group F
Germany
Sweden
Mexico
South Korea

Group G
Belgium
England
Panama
Tunisia

Group H
Colombia
Senegal
Poland
Japan

ROUND OF 16
Uruguay beat Portugal
Spain beat Egypt
Argentina beat Denmark
France beat Croatia
Brazil beat Sweden
Belgium beat Senegal
Germany beat Serbia
England beat Colombia

QUARTERFINALS
France beat Uruguay
Brazil beat Belgium
Germany beat England
Spain beat Argentina

SEMIFINALS
Brazil beat France
Germany beat Spain

FINAL
Brazil beat Germany (Brazil wins 2-1)


Nick Mendola

Group A
Uruguay
Russia
Egypt
Saudi Arabia

Group B
Spain
Portugal
Iran
Morocco

Group C
France
Denmark
Australia
Peru

Group D
Argentina
Croatia
Nigeria
Iceland

Group E
Brazil
Serbia
Switzerland
Costa Rica

Group F
Germany
Mexico
South Korea
Sweden

Group G
Belgium
England
Tunisia
Panama

Group H
Senegal
Poland
Colombia
Japan

ROUND OF 16
Portugal def. Uruguay
France def. Croatia
Brazil def. Mexico
Belgium def. Poland
Spain def. Russia
Argentina def. Denmark
Germany def. Serbia
Senegal def. England

QUARTERFINALS
France def. Portugal
Brazil def. Belgium
Argentina def. Spain
Germany def. Senegal

SEMIFINALS
Brazil def. France
Germany def. Argentina

FINAL
Germany def. Brazil