Australia — Got through the group stage last year and have the pieces to possibly make another run.
Germany — The injury to Michael Ballack is a blow, but this power does not lack talent to be sure.
Ghana — A team much more affected by a hurt star (Michael Essien). Don’t sleep on them though.
Serbia — Defensive stalwarts are a popular sleeper pick, not only to advance, but to win the group.
Player to watch: Nemanja Vidic, Serbia (Man Utd. star leads one of the stingiest defenses)
Big game: Germany v. Serbia, June 18, 4:30 a.m. PT (I think the winner of this one takes the group)
Prediction: Many people called Brazil-Portugal-Ivory Coast the Group of Death, but I like my killer groups to have four good teams. This is one where any of the teams could advance, and also win a knockout round match or two. Tied with Group A as the hardest one to pick.
1. Serbia 5 pts
2. Germany 4 pts. (advance via tiebreaker)
3. Ghana 4 pts.
4. Australia 2 pts.