B/R Experts Predict the Path to 2014 World Cup Glory
The path to World Cup glory has become clearer following Friday's draw in Bahia.
Who will pick up the famous trophy on July 13? The bookmakers feel it will be Brazil, but are they right?
We've asked five of Bleacher Report's World Football experts to give us their predictions from the group stage all the way to the final.
You can see their predictions over the following slides; let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Dimond Tips Brazil for Glory
The World Cup draw has seen Brazil harden as favourites for glory on home soil.
B/R Lead Writer Alex Dimond certainly feels they are destined to pick up the trophy.
Alex feels it will be an all-South American final, with Brazil seeing off Argentina.
England have a tough group alongside Uruguay, Costa Rica and Italy, but Alex feels they will progress to the last 16.
Note: An incorrect version of the bracket was originally published. It was updated on December 8.
Tighe Takes Selecao to Shine
B/R’s Lead Tactics Writer Sam Tighe will be digging deeper into the chances of each team as we get nearer to the finals, but he’s convinced Brazil will lift the World Cup on home soil.
Sam has the Selecao topping their group before seeing off Chile in the last 16.
Neymar and Co. will then sweep aside Colombia in the quarter-finals, while they will win a titanic tussle with Germany in the last four.
Again, like Alex Dimond, he has Brazil meeting Argentina in the final and predicts an identical outcome.
Note: An incorrect version of this slide appeared on publication, with an incorrect SF and 3rd/4th play-off. It has now been updated.
Walker Goes for Messi and Co. for Glory
The South American theme continues with UK Managing Editor Lee Walker’s predictions.
Like Alex Dimond and Sam Tighe, Lee has Argentina and Brazil meeting in the final. But unlike Alex and Sam, Lee is tipping Lionel Messi’s Argentina to pick up the trophy.
There’s no room for sentiment for Lee, as he does not feel England will get out of their group.
Brazil the Winners for Cummings
World Football Lead Writer Michael Cummings is on a familiar theme, as he is tipping Brazil to beat Argentina in an all-South American World Cup final.
South America will conquer Europe in the semi-finals, Michael believes, with Argentina beating Spain and Brazil toppling Germany.
What about Michael’s native USA? Not good i’m afraid, as he feels Jurgen Klinsmann’s side will fall at the first hurdle.
Tidey Sees Glory for Argentina
World Football Lead Writer Will Tidey is swimming against the tide to an extent, as he has gone for a European side to make it to the final.
European teams have a disappointing record in South American iterations of the World Cup. He’s not tipping Germany to win, but he expects them to get to the final.
Will believes Joachim Low’s side will fall at the final hurdle and expects Argentina to make off with the trophy.
As for England, Will is backing Roy Hodgson’s men to get out of their group and make it to the last eight, where they will fall to Brazil.
Bailey Backing Brazil
B/R featured columnist and video presenter Ryan Bailey has predicted a final four of Brazil, Germany, Spain and Argentina.
For his finalists, Bailey chose Brazil and Argentina, with the hosts coming out on top.
See Bailey's picks in the video above.
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