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World Cup Group E

Teams: Italy, Czech Republic, USA, Ghana.

Strength of the group: Has been appointed 'the official group of death' but Group C is stronger overall. Where this group could become interesting is in the battle to top the group - and avoid Brazil in the second round.

City link: Claudio Reyna - although I don't expect too many Blues to be donning the stars and stripes in support of the USA team.

Keep an eye on: Francesco Totti. Has bombed on the big stage in the past but plays a vital role in Marcello Lippi's formation.

Expect: Plenty of draws in this group. Italy are notorious slow starters and teams will be overly keen to avoid defeat.

Don't expect: A big tournament from Pavel Nedved. Struggled for Juventus this season and the former golden-boy is now on the decline.

Qualifiers: Italy to top the group - perhaps with two draws and Ghana in a surprise second place on the back of strong performances from midfielders Michael Essien and Stephen Appiah.