So Group G is basically done with England and Belgium already through and facing off against each to see who finishes first and second, with the added spice that they already know who they may face as these are the last matches of the group phase. Click here to see my match preview at www.football-england.com. Tunisia and Panama will play a dead rubber that will be an exciting watch as both teams have nothing to lose. The North African side had been very easy on the eye to watch when attacking but their defensively they are poor. Panama on the other hand defend much better than they attack. Ultimately it will be the Tunisians celebrating come the end of what will be a fun match with goals galore.
It is 3 from 4 as we stand in Group H. Poland are already out, but for the other three teams there is plenty to play for. In my opinion, the Japanese have the advantage as they take on the already vanquished Poles, and have more reason to be giving it their all to secure the win (or draw) that will mean qualification for the knockout phase. Senegal v Colombia will be the eliminator. The African side have looked very good this tournament, though naivety cost them victory against Japan in their last match and may rue the fact they were ahead twice but still did not win. Colombia got back on track with a dominant victory to send Poland home after their malfunction against the Japanese when they were down to 10 men in the first few minutes. For me Colombia have more quality and will squeak through with a victory and make the round of 16.
Predictions for Thursday 28th June
Senegal 1 Colombia 2
Japan 2 Poland 1
England 1 Belgium 2 – Comment musings and analysis up at www.football-england.com
Panama 2 Tunisia 3
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