13:00 Thursday

Uruguay vs South Korea – Uruguay 

Group H kicks off with a battle between Son Heung-Min’s South Korea and Luis Suarez’s Uruguay. The South American side will come into this as favourites.

They have a good team full of players in Europe’s elite leagues and are spearheaded by both Luis Suarez and Darwin Nunez, so they aren’t short of fire power. As well as these, they have depth in all positions, with Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde bossing midfield and Atletico’s Jose Gimenez at the back. 

South Korea, in comparison, have a much weaker team and only really have Son Heung-Min who will cause the South American’s any trouble. Although we think the occasion of the World Cup will give us a competitive game, Uruguay will come away as winners. 

16:00 Thursday

Portugal vs Ghana – Portugal & Over 2.5 Goals 

Portugal’s tournament build up may have been dominated by headlines around Cristiano Ronaldo but there is no doubting the quality they have within their ranks. The Portuguese have one of the most promising squads and will feel slightly disappointed they aren’t seen as one of the tournament favourites.

The Euro 2016 winners have been in good attacking form in the build up to the tournament, scoring at least four in two of their last three outings. We expect they may do the same again vs Ghana. 

The Ghanaians, in recent years, have been one of the better African countries at the World Cup but we can’t see them going far this time round.

Their quality squad has aged and they have failed to bring a good amount of young quality through over the years so we think they’ll struggle. A comfortable Portugal win for this one.  

19:00 Thursday

Brazil vs Serbia – Brazil & Over 2.5 goals 

Neymar and Co are the favourites coming into this tournament and they will be looking to the Serbia game to get their campaign off to a good start. The Brazilians have one of, if not, the best squad at this year’s World Cup with substantial attacking talent to choose from.

They have been excellent leading up to the World Cup, with seven wins in a row, conceding only three and scored 26. With the likes of Neymar, Vinicius Jnr, Martinelli, Rodrygo and more at their disposal, it is clear why they are the early favourites. 

However, the Serbs will be a tough first game. They have some real quality within their squad and will certainly give Brazil a competitive game. They have in-form striker Aleksandar Mitrovic leading the line who will surely give them something to think about. Although they do have some quality players, we think the Brazilians will be too good for them on the day.