FIFA Ranking: 10
Player to watch: Robert Lewandowski
Tournament Preview: Poland’s team finds itself ranked in the top ten heading into the World Cup. They have to feel good about themselves, especially in a below average group such as this. If they do not qualify out of the group stage it will be seen as a disappointment.
Score Predictions: 2 – 1 Win vs Senegal / 2 – 2 Draw vs Colombia / 3 – 0 Win vs Japan
FIFA Ranking: 28
Player to watch: Sadio Mane
Tournament Preview: Playing in their first World Cup since 2002, Senegal has a chance to make some noise in an underwhelming group. They’ll still be the underdogs of the bunch, but expect Sadio Mane to lead this team to play competitive games.
Score Predictions: 1 – 2 Loss vs Poland / 0 – 1 Loss vs Colombia / 2 – 0 Win vs Japan
FIFA Ranking: 16
Player to watch: James Rodriguez
Tournament Preview: After falling to Brazil in a heartbreaker in the 2014 quarter-finals, this Colombia team looks destined to get back there led by last World Cup’s leading scorer James Rodriguez.
Score Predictions: 2 – 2 Draw vs Poland / 1 – 0 Win vs Senegal / 5 – 0 Win vs Japan
FIFA Ranking: 60
Player to watch: Shinji Kagawa
Tournament Preview: Japan, like the other AFC teams in this tournament, simply lack the talent to compete with many of the other teams in the competition. It’s an honor to make it this far, but look for Japan to struggle.
Score Predictions: 0 – 3 Loss vs Poland / 0 – 5 Loss vs Colombia / 0 – 2 Win vs Senegal
Final Standing Prediction
Colombia (7 pts)
Poland (7 pts)
Senegal (3 pts)
Japan (0 pts)