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The Front Runners – Tip of the Week

In our third “Tip of the Week,” we look at another idiom that can be relevant to the FIFA World Cup: “They’re the front runners.”

This phrase refers to someone or a team that is expected to win, but hasn’t yet.  For example, coming into the tournament, Deutschland was the favorite to win the World Cup, so you could say: “Germany is the front runners.”  Of course, after their 1-0 loss to Mexico on Sunday, Germany has some work to do to make it to the Round of 16.  The defending champions will need a win and at least a draw in their next two matches to move out of the group stage.