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World Cup Pundit Watch: Female Analysts Taking Tournament By Storm

A trio of female analysts were among those to make waves during week one of our World Cup Pundit Watch challenge.

We're rating and hating the men and women on our airwaves using key social metrics including follower numbers, mentions and sentiment.

And while prolific Tweeter and nation's favourite Gary Lineker predictably dominated the social scene during the opening round of matches, Alex Scott, Eni Aluko and Jacqui Oatley each saw the biggest increases in their following, comfortably beating higher profile male counterparts like Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand.

Another top performer in the first round has been Slaven Bilic, who, despite not having any social media accounts, finds himself in the top 10 most talked about pundits in week 1 with his now infamous ‘I don’t care’ comment even managing to make Roy Keane laugh, something we didn’t know was even possible.

Patrice Evra courted controversy for one exchange with Eni Aluko some thought 'patronising' but was among the topped mentioned pundits on Twitter, while new boy Cesc Fabregas, despite widespread praise for his sharp analysis, attracted mockery for his satorial choice on debut, with his shirt deemed to make him look like a sailor.

Lineker had a whopping 200,000 mentions during week one, with next best Rio Ferdinand streets behind with 47,000. Next came Ian Wright followed by Evra, Shearer and Fabregas.

The likes of Martin Keown, Mark Lawrenson, Henrik Larsson and Ryan Giggs were branded dull by many, while Lineker's counterpart on ITV, Mark Pougatch, has had almost no  social engagement. 

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