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Here are our group predictions, winner followed by second-place finisher.
Bennett -- Mexico/Uruguay
Davies -- South Africa/France
The fans (or the officials) will propel RSA.
Bennett -- Argentina/Nigeria
Davies -- Argentina/South Korea
Lionel Messi will underperform (but it won't matter).
Bennett -- England/USA
Davies -- England/USA
USA versus Slovenia is the game no one's talking about that will matter the most.
Bennett -- Serbia/Germany
Davies -- Germany/Ghana
Prediction: Germany is the team no one's talking about that will make the most noise.
Bennett -- Netherlands/Denmark
Davies -- Denmark/Cameroon
Set aside injuries, a mystery illness might decide who makes it out of this group.
Bennett -- Italy/Slovakia
Davies -- Italy/Paraguay
The player no one's talking about, Slovakia's Marek Hamsik, will break through.
Bennett -- Brazil/Ivory Coast
Davies -- Brazil/Portugal
The team no one knows about, the North Koreans, are in for a rude awakening.
Bennett -- Spain/Chile
Davies -- Spain/Chile
Every World Cup produces one group that is hard to care about. This is that group.