Germany (Last year: 4th in Group B) - They can't be happy to have ended up in such a tough group again this year. While Germany are obviously a very solid team I wouldn't lump them in with the elite teams. I really don't see anyway Germany can win this tournament but they are a team who has given Laos a lot of trouble before. All it takes is one upset for Germany and they will be through, that's what they will have to hope for.
Laos (Last year: 3rd in Group B) - Laos not making the knockouts stages was one of the biggest upsets of the tournament last year and I would not expect that to happen again. Since last years WCP Cup they have been training 3 times a week at altitude in order to get to where they need to be for this years tournament. Though they have lost Steve Irinici and Chico they have added Josh Northey and Roman Doutkevich.. Look for them to return to being one of the major players in this years tournament.
Poland (Last year: 2nd Overall) - Poland came ever so close to winning the WCP Cup that has been alluding them last year but came up just short. They are best known for their hard work which makes them very hard to break down especially with Michal Bandula playing keeper. They have lost Dane Mcdougall and it doesn't sound as though Brett Levis will be playing but they have made several additions and will have polish god Jay Tomchuk back to full health. If one team takes this tournament more seriously than Laos it's Poland and the two teams and their fans really do not like one another. I cannot wait for that game.
Scotland (Last year: Tied for 4th in Group D) - Scotland is either the team that think they are infinitely better than they are or have a death wish. With the 7th overall pick in the draw they decided to go with Laos.... I have no idea what inspired that. Either way the only thing bigger than Scotland's talk is usually the margin they lose by. I can't fathom a way they have much of a chance in this pool they helped create.
South Korea (Last year: 6th in Group B) - South Korea was clearly one of the worst teams in the tournament last year but I have heard they have picked up some youth players and should be significantly better than they were last year. That being said putting a together a team that's significantly better than what they had last year probably won't even be enough to get them out of the bottom of this group.
5. South Korea
This group is all about the games for the big three: Poland, Laos, Germany. It's almost impossible to choose between Poland and Laos but I went with Poland just because I know all of their players will come to all their games as opposed to Laos who could be missing a few guys especially if they get ahead in the group early. Germany is much closer to the top two than they are to the bottom two but they aren't there yet. Scotland has created their own demise and can fully expect their only win to come against South Korea. This won't be South Korea's year.
5. South Korea
Poland - Poland may lack skills in certain positions but they work so hard together and for each other that they are a pain to play against. With a healthy Tomchuk, the addition of Bobbi and Sam, and Michal in goal I wouldn't be surprised to see Poland make a run for the trophy this year.
Laos - Laos are losing the core of their midfielders, but they have picked up two dangerous goal scorers. After missing out on group stage last year I am expecting to see Laos go deep into this years tournament.
Germany - I think Germany have the players to give any team in this tournament trouble. For them to cause an upset I think they need their goalkeeper to stay in goal the whole game. For him to come out and play striker the 2nd half hasn't really worked for them.
Scotland - A lot of young over confident players. Calling out Laos sure made this group interesting though!
South Korea - Had number 10 last year who was pretty talented, hopefully they have added some guys around him to help him out. I just don't see that happening so therefore I see them going winless.