B/R Experts' World Cup Predictions: England and Italy Ready for Battle

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2014

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 13:  Mario Balotelli during an Italy training session at the Arena Amazonia on June 13, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil. Italy will play England in their opening group D match on June 14, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Bleacher Report's experts were keen not to rest on the laurels of their efforts of last season, so they will go into battle for the whole of the World Cup.

Each game will feature a score prediction combined with a Man of the Match selection. (Decision will be based on FIFA's official Man of the Match.)

The predictions are below, and you will be able to chart their success—or lack thereof—for the rest of the tournament on our weekly scoreboard.

Post your own picks on Twitter and include @br_uk. Anyone who gets all correct scorelines and the Man of the Match awards correct will get a Bleacher Report goody bag.

 

B/R Expert Picks
(One point for correct result, three points for correct scoreline and two points for correct man of the match.)

GamesDimond
Alex
Dimond
Matchett
Karl
Matchett
Tighe
Sam
Tighe
Tidey
Will
Tidey
Cummings
Michael
Cummings
Colombia vs. Greece
(5 p.m. BST)
Colombia
1-0
0-0Colombia
1-0
Colombia
2-1
Colombia
1-0
Colombia vs. Greece
(Man of the Match)
CuadradoManiatisRodriguezGuarinRodriguez
Uruguay vs. Costa Rica
(8 p.m. BST)
Uruguay
2-0
Uruguay
2-1
Uruguay
2-0
Uruguay
2-0
Uruguay
2-1
Uruguay vs. Costa Rica
(Man of the Match)
CavaniCavaniCavaniCavaniCavani
England vs. Italy
(11 p.m. BST)
0-01-1England 2-11-11-1
England vs. Italy
(Man of the Match)
ChielliniSterlingCahillRooneyPirlo
Ivory Coast vs. Japan
(2 a.m. BST)
1-12-2Japan
2-1
2-21-1
Ivory Coast vs. Japan
(Man of the Match)
ToureHondaOkazakiToureToure
Current Overall Points
381053