Jose Mourinho has predicted which teams will make the last 16 of the World Cup – and it’s good news for England fans.
The Manchester United boss has tipped the Three Lions to top Group G – where they would be paired with Poland should Mourinho’s premonitions come true.
Mourinho thinks the Poles will finish second in Group H behind Senegal, who would take on Group G runners-up Belgium.
The former Chelsea boss admitted to being torn over who he wants to progress deep into the tournament – due to wanting his Red Devils stars to have a rest before the new season.
“I want my players to win, but I also want my players to go on holiday. So this will be tough,” he said.
From Group A, Mourinho has Uruguay progressing as group winners, while he tips hosts Russia to pip Egypt into second spot.
He has Spain winning Group B with his native Portugal coming runners-up. The duo face off in their opening game of the tournament.
In Group C, France will finish first ‘no problem’, reckons Mourinho. But he expects second spot to be more of a battle, plumping for Australia to end the group second.
Mourinho is tipping Lionel Messi to fire Argentina to the top of Group D, while he has gone for an African team in Nigeria to take second spot.
Tournament favourites Brazil are Mourinho’s tip to win Group E, while he says his midfielder Nemanja Matic will ‘go on holiday’ as Serbia crash out with Switzerland finishing second.
“Germany has to win,” says Mourinho of Group F, followed by Mexico in the runners-up spot.
Jose Mourinho’s World Cup last 16 predictions
Uruguay vs Portugal
Spain vs Russia
France vs Nigeria
Argentina vs Australia
Brazil vs Mexico
Germany vs Switzerland
England vs Poland
Senegal vs Belgium