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Friday, June 11, 2010
On the record: Official predictions

Here are our group predictions, winner followed by second-place finisher.

Group A
Bennett -- Mexico/Uruguay
Davies -- South Africa/France

The fans (or the officials) will propel RSA.

Group B
Bennett -- Argentina/Nigeria
Davies -- Argentina/South Korea

Lionel Messi will underperform (but it won't matter).

Group C
Bennett -- England/USA
Davies -- England/USA

USA versus Slovenia is the game no one's talking about that will matter the most.

Group D
Bennett -- Serbia/Germany
Davies -- Germany/Ghana

Prediction: Germany is the team no one's talking about that will make the most noise.

Group E
Bennett -- Netherlands/Denmark
Davies -- Denmark/Cameroon

Set aside injuries, a mystery illness might decide who makes it out of this group.

Group F
Bennett -- Italy/Slovakia
Davies -- Italy/Paraguay

The player no one's talking about, Slovakia's Marek Hamsik, will break through.

Group G
Bennett -- Brazil/Ivory Coast
Davies -- Brazil/Portugal

The team no one knows about, the North Koreans, are in for a rude awakening.

Group H
Bennett -- Spain/Chile
Davies -- Spain/Chile

Every World Cup produces one group that is hard to care about. This is that group.