World Cup predictions: England vs. Panama, Japan vs. Senegal, Poland vs. Colombia
12:00 AM BST
- ESPN staff
Saturday saw Germany score two second-half goals to beat Sweden 2-1 and keep their title defence on track, while Belgium and Mexico both bagged wins to book their places in the last 16.
As far as our experts go, there was gridlock at the top with Gab Marcotti, Alex Pareja, Kenneth Garay and Colin Udoh all finishing up on 50 points. Each pundit correctly picked the result of all three games, while El Tri's 2-1 scoreline over South Korea seemed to be written in the stars.
The second round of group games draws to a close on Sunday, with the knockout stages really starting to take shape. First up, England take on Panama and ESPN FC's Mark Ogden is confident of a comfortable 3-0 victory. ESPN Mexico's Marcelino Hernandez is the only pundit not to go for an England win, and he says 1-1. ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop thinks it will be a 4-0 rout. Former England international Paul Mariner says 2-0.
The next match sees Japan and Senegal go head to head and looking for back-to-back wins. ESPN Deportes' Caro Guillen and ESPN Mexico's John Sutcliffe are trying to spoil the fun, though, and both say it will be the first 0-0 draw of the tournament. Ed Dove (Kwese, Africa) says Senegal will win 2-1. Overall, six pundits back Senegal and four go for the draw -- so there is zero support for Japan.
Finally, Poland and Colombia round off the day. ESPN Colombia's Damian Didonato only reckons his team will manage a 1-1 draw -- a result also backed by Shaka, Paul, Caro and Ed. Two go for Poland and three for Colombia.
Check out how our pundits got on with their predictions for Saturday's games and remember to join the pundits' league in Match Predictor.
We've got our top talent on hand from England, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Australia and Africa -- many of whom will be based out in Russia for the tournament -- to analyse each and every one of the 64 matches.
We'll score our experts just as we do in the Match Predictor -- 10 points for correct result, with a bonus 20 points for getting the scoreline right too. Who will come out on top on Friday?
ESPN Experts panel:
ESPN FC: Mark Ogden, Craig Burley, Shaka Hislop, Paul Mariner, Ale Moreno
ESPN Deportes: Caro Guillen
ESPN Colombia: Damian Didonato
ESPN Mexico: John Sutcliffe, Marcelino Hernandez
Kwese, Africa: Ed Dove