And we’re off! Players of all nations are now limbering up daily to do their level best to zig zag to the onion bag, although France and Greece don’t seem to have realised that the World Cup has actually started. Uruguay fully deserved their point against the French – maybe all three – while South Korea’s performance against Greece brought back memories of the heady days of 2002’s semi-finals.
Earlier in the day, the opening match between South Africa and Mexico finished exactly like our football panelist, goalkeeper Chris Day, predicted: a 1-1 draw. Will Chris’ football brain triumph again tonight, for England’s big match?
Yep, tonight’s the night, as pubs, clubs and back-garden BBQs up and down this sceptred isle try to bring the power of their collective will to bear in sucking the ball in to USA’s net as often as possible. So is it going to be what England expects or will it be Yanks 2 Planks 0 all over again?
Here are today’s predictions from our panel:
- Dr Ian McHale, a Senior Lecturer in Statistics at the University of Salford: “A draw – painful to say, but I can only be happy this way… assuming England don’t lose!”
- David Williams, head of PR at Ladbrokes: “England to beat USA”.
- Chris Day, goalkeeper for Stevenage FC: “England 3 – USA 1″.
- Laura Daligan, ‘psychic, artist and pin-up’: “England seem to start off with a bang on Saturday, I feel England will win. USA do well but are inconsistent.”
Remember: this is just for fun and all predictions are for entertainment only. Any mortgages lost or other sums squandered based on the information supplied are your own responsibility! And yes, I will keep mentioning this every day.