Date: 13th June 2014 at 1:24pm
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Wigan Athletic’s very own Jean Beausejour, well he is still under contract until July 1st, will take his place at the Arena Pantanal in the Brazilian city of Cuiabá this evening, as my outside bet to win the tournament, Chile, get their campaign underway with their first group game against Australia.

With 60 caps under his belt Beausejour is no stranger to the international scene, he enjoyed a good tournament in South Africa 2010 and he is still an integral part of Jorge Sampaoli’s squad, he proved against England back in November 2013 that he can make a big impact at this level and personally I am looking forward to watching ‘our’ Jean in action.

Chile, for me, are the exciting team of this world cup, many pundits favour a South American side to go all the way, with that in mind you can’t look beyond the Chilean’s, Arturo Vidal has been declared fit, the Juventus star suffered swelling to his knee following an operation, giving a massive boost and with Alexis Sanchez leading the forward line I can see Beausejour and co taking the tournament by storm.

Jean ‘Palmatoria’ Beausejour, flying the Latics flag all the way?

By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic

Vital Latics World Cup Prediction Comp.

Throughout the next four weeks we will be running a prediction league for the games played with a simple scoring system, simply access the thread ‘World Cup Prediction’ thread in the Latics Speyk forum and enter your predictions for the games that are there.

A correct result will score you 2 points and a correct score will see you awarded a 5 points bonus. There will be a group stage winner with an excellent prize for the top predictor, and a final overall winner, again with an excellent prize awaiting.

So put your international football knowledge to the test and have a go at predicting the results during the next four weeks.

You will need to be a Vital member to play, but joining is quick, simple and free, to register for membership simply click here and follow the instructions.

Check out the latest PWU podcast, this edition is a World Cup preview special, in the studio at the Beech Hill Book Cycle are Barry, Gareth, Mick, Dan and Paul discuss the chances of each country involved.

Brazil is the destination for the world’s best footballers, Latics fans have interest not only because England have qualified , but we also have current and past players featuring for various sides in the tournament, Honduras featuring the most with Espinoza, Garcia, Palacios and Figueroa.

We look at each group and pick our tournament favourites, hopefully one of us has picked the winner!

The podcast can be listened to by clicking the embedded player below or downloaded to listen at you leisure by visiting www.buzzsprout.com