Paul Merson's World Cup predictions: How will England fare in opener?

MERSON'S WORLD CUP PREDICTIONS

With the World Cup in full swing, Paul Merson is here to give us his predictions for the opening round of group-stage fixtures.

There is just one group left to play now at Russia 2018, so see who the Magic Man has tipped to come out on top on Tuesday...

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Colombia v Japan (Tuesday 1pm, Group H)

I quite like Colombia, I think they will do OK, and this is the group England are set to meet in the second round. So it all depends how that works out. But I think Colombia will win this one, they are a decent team, they came second behind Brazil in South American qualifying - which is a big thing over so many games - and that is why I am backing them to win this one.

PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 (4/1 with Sky Bet)

Poland v Senegal (Tuesday 4pm, Group H)

Robert Lewandowski (L) celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification match between Poland and Kazakhstan
Image: Merson has tipped Poland striker Robert Lewandowski (left) to be a contender for top scorer in the tournament

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski is a massive price to get top goal scorer, but the only problem is he is probably just going to play four games. This is a hard game, though, so I am going to go for a 1-1 draw - this is another one of those games that neither side can afford to lose as they will probably then be out. So you take a draw here, beat Japan, take a draw against Colombia and then take it from there.

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PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

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