World Cup Draw simulator: Would England progress from Group of Death?

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The World Cup draw is just a day away, and England fans are braced to find out who Roy Hodgson's side will play.

The stage is set for the World Cup draw, which takes place in Bahia on Friday. All 32 teams are now known, and the best players from around the world are set to converge on Brazil next summer.

Thanks to Ultra Zone, you can run a simulator for tomorrow's draw, and here is what mine came out with...

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In Group A, Brazil get a manageable group with three relative minnows of the competition, but Bosnia and Herzegovina would pose the most problems for the hosts. Algeria and Australia aren't expected to compete, but would challenge for second place.

Group B sees Spain and Italy renew their rivalry in the group stages, and whilst they would be clear favourites to go through from the group, Cameroon and South Korea are the type of opponents that could be classed as banana skins for two teams who will look to progress to the latter stages of the tournament.

Germany are the big name in Group C here, and would surely have a comfortable passage through to the knockout stages. The runner up spot would be up for grabs, with an exciting Chile side and Greece, who are notoriously mean at the back. Few would favour Costa Rica's chances of progression in this group.

Everyone's dark horse Belgium would have a tricky time with France and USA, both capable of picking up results. France scraped through the playoffs but will still be dangerous, whilst Ecuador will lean on Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia and former Manchester City striker Felipe Caicedo, but that surely wouldn't be enough.

Group E would give us the matchup we all want to see - Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo. Argentina and Portugal would be clear favourites, but Nigeria would have the potential to spring a surprise or two. Iran - whose standout player is Fulham winger Ashkan Dejagah - would be looking at an early exit in this group.

Holland have a tough group, as they are matched up with Ghana, Mexico and Switzerland. Ghana have a number of quality players such as Kevin-Prince Boateng, Kwadwo Asamoah and Asamoah Gyan, giving them a great chance of progression, whilst Switzerland topped Group E in the European Qualification phase without losing a game. Mexico were in turmoil for much of qualifying, as they staggeringly went through four managers. They have the potential to impress, and their hopes will lie with Javier Hernandez of Manchester United.

And now to the Group of Death. There is always one. And it just so happens that England are in. Uruguay come in as the seed from Pot 1, and England would have to guard against the devastating strikeforce of Edinson Cavani and Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Roy Hodgson's side would have a good chance of progressing, but Japan are another dangerous side who possess a number of quality players. Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa and Hiroshi Kiyotake are all capable of opening up defences, whilst Shinji Okazaki's international record of one goal every two games will be put to the test in Brazil. Croatia - England's nemesis in Euro 2008 qualifying - struggled under Igor Stimac, but have the potential to contend with Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic.

Finally, Group H has dark horses Colombia and Ivory Coast matched up alongside Fabio Capello's Russia, where one team would be disappointed to go home at the first hurdle. Colombia and Ivory Coast have firepower in Falcao and Didier Drogba respectively, though Russia are yet to find a talismanic striker. Honduras would almost certainly be heading home early, as the tough matchups would be too much for them. 

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