World Cup Picks: Italy vs. Uruguay, England vs. Costa Rica, Colombia vs. Japan, Ivory Coast vs. GreeceItaly seemed lost in their defeat at the hands of Costa Rica. They couldn't maintain possession of the ball, they couldn't figure out how to get Andrea Pirlo involved, and most importantly they couldn't stay onside.
World Cup Picks: Netherlands vs. Chile, Spain vs. Australia, Brazil vs. Cameroon, Croatia vs. MexicoThe Netherlands have been one of the most impressive sides through their first two group stage games.
World Cup Picks: USA vs. Portugal, Belgium vs. Russia, and South Korea vs. AlgeriaBelgium were not particularly impressive in their match against Algeria. They allowed the first goal of the match on a penalty early in the first half and didn't equalize and later go ahead until well into the second.
World Cup Picks: Argentina vs. Iran, Germany vs. Ghana, and Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Nigeria Argentina were far from their best in their opening match with Bosnia and Herzegovina. They were gifted an own goal three minutes into the match, and then got a much needed moment of brilliance from superstar Lionel Messi.
World Cup Picks: Italy vs. Costa Rica, Switzerland vs. France, and Ecuador vs. HondurasItaly played the perfect game from a stylistic standpoint. They attacked regularly while maintaining an excellent shape at the back.
World Cup Picks: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast, Uruguay vs. England, and Japan vs. GreeceNo Falcao, no problem. Colombia were exquisite in their opener against Greece. An early goal set the tone and they continued the dominance through the entire 90 minutes.
World Cup Picks: Netherlands vs. Australia, Spain vs. Chile, and Croatia vs. CameroonThe Netherlands provided the most stunning upset of the first set of matches with their 5-1 drubbing of defending champions Spain.
World Cup Picks: Belgium vs. Algeria, Brazil vs. Mexico, and Russia vs. South KoreaThe Belgians are the dark horses of the dark horses. A popular pick among those who have seen them play, Belgium is chock full of youthful players that are overflowing with talent.
World Cup Picks: United States vs. Ghana, Nigeria vs. Iran, and Germany vs. PortugalNigeria may play with three attackers, but their attack lacks pace and creativity. Emmanuel Emenike is the only striker that can truly strike fear in the minds of opponents.
World Cup Picks: Switzerland vs. Ecuador, France vs. Honduras and Argentina vs. Bosnia & HerzegovinaThe Swiss play soccer like they approach politics, safely. In their opener in 2010 they shocked the eventual champions Spain with a 1-0 win in which they seemed to have Spain in a trance.
World Cup Picks: Greece vs. Colombia, Japan vs. Ivory Coast, Costa Rica vs. Uruguay, and Italy vs. EnglandUsually the first words when talking about Colombia are Radamel Falcao, but his knee will keep him out of the World Cup.
World Cup Picks: Mexico vs. Cameroon, Spain vs. Netherlands and Chile vs. Australia El Tri are still thanking their lucky stars, and Graham Zusi specifically, that they are even in the tournament, but not that they're here, they expect success.
World Cup Picks: Brazil vs. CroatiaPlaying the host nation in the opening game is an unfair task for just about any challenging side, so Croatia will have to do something special to even earn a draw.