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John Motson | 10:04 UK time, Friday, 11 June 2010

The start of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa is just hours away, so let's not waste any time. Here are my predictions for the day one games, featuring South Africa v Mexico and Uruguay v France.

Click on the video below to see my picks.

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  • 1. At 11:15am on 11 Jun 2010, IUTBDBNID wrote:

    Excellent once again Motty. South Africa to get off to a winning start, beating Mexico 2-1, then France will squeeze past Uruguay in a classic 3-2 World Cup match.

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  • 2. At 11:19am on 11 Jun 2010, Hold those Cue Cards wrote:

    Why can't you transcribe these things for those of us unable to watch video at the moment???

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  • 3. At 11:49am on 11 Jun 2010, FedupwithGovt wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 4. At 12:25pm on 11 Jun 2010, bringbacktheworld wrote:

    This is less preview, more 'lets pick out the players who play in England'. Comes across as slightly ethnocentric IMO. I'd much prefer to focus on the key players rather than just ones we already know. Pointless..
    Anyway, I agree with Motty as far as the results go. Maybe France to nick it late on.

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  • 5. At 12:46pm on 11 Jun 2010, Schpikster wrote:

    A friend has just suggested that John Motson can probably already recite each team's full squad from memory, and I don't doubt it!

    Apart from the games themselves, World Cup Motty will be my most anticipated event of the day. Fantastic.

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  • 6. At 12:52pm on 11 Jun 2010, Xtro wrote:

    I can't really see South Africa getting out of the group, but perhaps at the Expense of France (or is that wishful thinking). Mexico will win 2-1. as will France.

    More importantly my new Freeview HD box is plugged in and ready !
    MOTD in HD can't wait.

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  • 7. At 12:58pm on 11 Jun 2010, David Hawes wrote:

    Does Motty take a breath during any of those 6m18s? lol

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  • 8. At 1:02pm on 11 Jun 2010, boils wrote:

    2. At 11:19am on 11 Jun 2010, The Holdem Supremacy wrote:

    Why can't you transcribe these things for those of us unable to watch video at the moment???#


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  • 9. At 2:00pm on 11 Jun 2010, Nara_samurai wrote:

    Very entertaining but predicting 2 draws is not exactly sticking your neck out. I have a hunch that Uruguay will beat France. It should be a great game.

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  • 10. At 2:21pm on 11 Jun 2010, hedge73 wrote:

    Gotta funny feeling Mexico are gona win by a few goals, maybe 4-1 and France to scrape past Uraguay 1-0, at least that's what my betting slip says!!!

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  • 11. At 2:24pm on 11 Jun 2010, Notasquick wrote:

    South Africa to controversially qualify with Mexico from Group A:
    South Africa v Mexico 2-3 (Mexico red card, South African penalty, disallowed Mexican goal);
    Uruguay v France 3-1 (Uruguay red card, Thierry Henry to score off bench);

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  • 12. At 3:05pm on 11 Jun 2010, Sam wrote:

    South Afica 1 Mexico 3

    Uraquay 2 France 1

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  • 13. At 4:00pm on 11 Jun 2010, Trace the Ace wrote:

    I've done just one half of the World Cup and have to say the noise of those trumpet things is an absolute pain. It's like a mosquito has crawled in to my ear. Not sure how long I'm going to be able to put up with it.

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  • 14. At 4:25pm on 11 Jun 2010, AyrtonWasHero wrote:

    All I can say is the Mexico RSA game mosed biased refereeing ever seen in all the 40 years I have been involved in football. Bit like Jaoenese / Korea World Cup. It's fixed

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  • 15. At 5:02pm on 11 Jun 2010, AyrtonWasHero wrote:

    Well all I can say again after watching game it I am glad they can afford to pay ref more than the £2 a week adverts when they show that stuff. If u r a poor nation dont pay all this money. PS - Why dont 80,000£ a week players send half home to help?

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  • 16. At 5:12pm on 11 Jun 2010, ChrisSuttonsBarmyArmy wrote:

    Yeah, oh boy, they fixed themselves a good old draw.

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  • 17. At 5:15pm on 11 Jun 2010, LostmekecksintheGmex wrote:

    @14 - Not sure how the SA v Mexico match was fixed. SA should maybe have had a pen for one pull-back, but it was arguable.

    Anyway, I reckon SA v Mexico will be 1-1.


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  • 18. At 5:47pm on 11 Jun 2010, krishnamurthi ramachandran wrote:

    Greetings to this author and BBC team for covering of this very wonderful football matches from South Africa.
    An opening day with tremendous crowd,more 85,000 attendance, well gathered,full of color,lovely cheering while players actions at the ground.
    Both opening teams had each goal,drawn as a result.
    South Africa had lost a chance to win this game.
    Just,finished my comment on who will win USA vs England football match.
    My prediction,60 per cent to England,40 per cent to USA in New York Times,news website.
    Hope to get more lively coverages,videos,best sport editors blogs,stories in connection with football game.
    All the best.,

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  • 19. At 6:05pm on 11 Jun 2010, cybermonkeypuzzle1 wrote:

    Well done....Pretty good and sensible comments that we have come to expect from Motty. Common sense is what it used to be called....

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  • 20. At 6:27pm on 11 Jun 2010, WCUP1 wrote:

    A tad out of sync! France to shade Uruguay!! I ask you does Mottie still watch games? As for this being a tough group, Mexico - South Africa was awful (bar the SA goal) this group is a make-up zone for the real teams; Spain/Brazil/Germany/Netherlands maybe England! Please report something that actually stands up to critic

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  • 21. At 7:28pm on 11 Jun 2010, mark wrote:

    Those horns are so annoying. had to watch the south africa/mexico match with tv on mute. ban them from the stadium before I switch off completely

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  • 22. At 9:55pm on 11 Jun 2010, ABE wrote:

    come on the USA, Algeria and Slovenia,

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  • 23. At 10:00pm on 11 Jun 2010, Derek wrote:

    Well done Motty you were spot on, two draws, cant waint to see your comments for tomorrow when England play>

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  • 24. At 10:01pm on 11 Jun 2010, ABE wrote:

    mark wrote
    Those horns are so annoying. had to watch the south africa/mexico match with tv on mute. ban them from the stadium before I switch off completely

    if you were a true football fan you'd watch the games no matter what, i'm a patriotic scot who has to put up with Lineker, Hansen (supposedly scottish), John Motson, Alan Shearer and all the rest go on about England 66 yet, i'll still be watching every game, thank god for Colin Murray, at least he won't spoil the games for the tartan army, come on ABE

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  • 25. At 10:29pm on 11 Jun 2010, jon hurley wrote:

    Motty is always enthusiastic, a real, loyal fan. Unlike Alan Hanson, whose dreary comments on tonights World Cup action showed him to be boorish,and bitterly anti English, just like his boring counterpart Ferguson. His ignorant dismissal of Adebyor's reasonable assessment of of the Englsh team was rude and arrogant. His time is up, drop him.

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