Germany can bounce back against Sweden, while Belgium should be too strong for Tunisia 

Germany can bounce back against Sweden, while Eden Hazard‘s Belgium should be too strong for Tunisia

Switzerland struck late to beat Serbia on Friday, while there were also victories for against Costa Rica and against Iceland. 

England are back in action on Sunday when they face Panama, but there is plenty of action taking place elsewhere this weekend, with Belgium taking on Tunisia in the other Group G game, while will be aiming to secure their first victory of the tournament when they play Sweden.

Here, Sportsmail‘s CHRIS SUTTON gives his verdict ahead of an action-packed weekend of World Cup football in .

Belgium vs Tunisia

Group G – Saturday, 1pm in Moscow 

Eden Hazard‘s claims that Romelu Lukaku hid in the first half against Panama tell us that team spirit isn‘t what it should be. Belgium will still have too much for Tunisia, who were lucky England weren‘t more ruthless.

BELGIUM, probable (3-4-2-1): Courtois; Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen; Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco; Mertens, Hazard; Lukaku.

TUNISIA, probable (4-4-1-1): Ben Mustapha; Bronn, S Ben Youssef, Meriah, Haddadi; F Ben Youssef, Sassi, Skhiri, Badri; Khazri; Sliti.

Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA).

SUTTON‘S VERDICT: Belgium to win 2-0. 

 

South Korea vs Mexico 

Group F – Saturday, 4pm in Rostov 

Mexico were brilliant in beating Germany and will not slip up here with their attacking style. South Korea need to bounce back after a disappointing start against Sweden but scoring is a problem for them.

SOUTH KOREA, probable (4-3-3): Jo; Lee Yong, Kim Young-gwon, Jang, Kim Min-woo; Ki, Jung, Lee Jae-sung; Hwang Hee-chan, Son, Lee Seung-woo.

MEXICO, probable (4-3-3): Ochoa; Salcedo, Ayala, Moreno, Gallardo; Layun, Herrera, Guardado; Vela, Hernandez, Lozano.

Referee: Milorad Mazic (Serbia).

SUTTON‘S VERDICT: Mexico to win 3-1. 

 

Germany vs Sweden

Group F – Saturday, 7pm in Sochi 

Germany are under severe pressure after getting off to the worst possible start. The dogged and resolute Swedes will not make it easy for the Germans but I am backing them to handle the heat. 

GERMANY, probable (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Kimmich, Sule, Boateng, Hector; Khedira, Kroos; Muller, Ozil, Reus; Gomez.

SWEDEN, probable (4-4-2): Olsen; Lustig, Granqvist, Jansson, Augustinsson; Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Berg, Toivonen.

Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

SUTTON‘S VERDICT: Germany to win 2-1. 

 

Japan vs Senegal

Group H – Sunday, 4pm in Ekaterinburg 

The winner takes all in terms of getting through to the last 16 after both teams got off to a flyer. This should be a comfortable win for Senegal, though. They have too much pace and power for Japan.

JAPAN, probable (4-2-3-1): Kawashima; Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo; Shibasaki, Hasebe; Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui; Osako.

SENEGAL, probable (4-4-2): K N‘Diaye; Wague, Sane, Koulibaly, Sabaly; Sarr, Gueye, A N‘Diaye, Mane; Diouf, Niang. 

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy).

SUTTON‘S VERDICT: Senegal to win 2-0.

 

Poland vs Colombia

Group H – Sunday, 7pm in Kazan 

POLAND, probable (4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Piszczek, Cionek, Pazdan, Rybus; Krychowiak, Zielinski; Bednarek, Kownacki, Grosicki; Lewandowski.

COLOMBIA, probable (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Arias, D Sanchez, Murillo, Mojica; Lerma, Barrios; Cuadrado, Rodriguez, Izquierdo; Falcao.

Poland rely too heavily on Robert Lewandowski. When he‘s not at it, the others need to step up. Colombia showed great spirit when down to 10 men against Japan and I can see this being a hard-fought draw. 

Referee: Cesar Ramos (Mexico).

SUTTON‘S VERDICT: 1-1 draw. 

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