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Watch: Jose Mourinho Makes Group Stage Predictions For World Cup

Despite being in one of the most pressurised jobs in football, Jose Mourinho gets to relax for a month thanks to the World Cup.

And like the rest of us, the Portuguese is taking a stab at how proceedings will go at the extravaganza in Russia.

Mourinho teamed up with resident broadcasters Russia Today to give his prediction on who will progress to the last 16 from the eight groups, although he was biased against the likes of Serbia as he wants Manchester United players such as Nemanja Matic to exit the tournament early to “go on holiday”.

Jose picks Uruguay to top group A, with hosts Russia in second at the expense of Saudi Arabia and Mohamed Salah’s Egypt. Elsewhere, favourites Spain, France, Argentina, Brazil, and Germany are backed to top their respective groups, along with England over Belgium, and Senegal.

He also chooses the unfancied Australia to qualify ahead of Peru and Denmark.

His predictions would lead to the following last 16 draw (with both sides of the draw split along a left/right divide):

Uruguay vs Portugal     –     Spain vs Russia

France vs Nigeria     –     Argentina vs Australia

Brazil vs Mexico     –     Germany vs Switzerland

England vs Poland     –    Senegal vs Belgium

The potential quarter-final lineups from those games are nothing short of fantastic. The tournament starts next Thursday, 14 June, with Russia facing Saudi Arabia in the opening tie.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.