Brazil, you say? They know how to play football over there, don't they? But it's a long way for one so middle aged as I to travel.

So instead, I shall slouch into my leather armchair and view the tournament from this side of the Atlantic. I shall try and watch every game and will definitely make wildly inaccurate predictions too.

I do solemnly vow to give you a real sense of what it's like to not be at the World Cup. This is the blog where all the colour and atmosphere and passion of watching the world's greatest sporting tournament on a wall mounted widescreen really comes to life.

Monday, 30 June 2014

World Cup 2014 Round of 16 Predictions - Tuesday 1 July Games

ARGENTINA v SWITZERLAND. Argentina are due to give someone a good thrashing with Messi on form, Aguero barely starting, and with Iran having frustrated them. I'm afraid it's the Swiss who'll be on the receiving end. 4-1, but with the Swiss opening the scoring for good measure.

The round will round off with the closest and perhaps bestest tie of the eight. There's little to separate BELGIUM and the USA for my money, so this one's going to extra time, but perhaps not penalties. Arguably, the Belgians have a tad more quality to call on, and that will be vital going beyond the 90. 2-1 to the Europeans, but could easily go to pens, and then it really could go either way.