Approaching the two week mark, we now know eight members of our last 16 but Day 14 could be a massive day in terms of the frontrunners, as title favourites – Germany and Brazil both face the prospect of crashing out at the group stage.
Serbia vs Brazil
Serbia must win here to be sure of going through whilst a draw and Switzerland defeat could see them eliminated by virtue of defeat last time out.
Brazil meanwhile need a point and if they lose alongside Switzerland, they will be through provided that they don’t concede more than the Swiss.
Serbia are quite tough defensively and carry a real threat through Aleksandar Mitrovic so if can get another early goal, I will really fear for Brazil because they won’t repeat their mistakes from against Switzerland.
Brazil meanwhile are sloppy when it comes to finishing chances and took them till injury time to get past Costa Rica. Do that here and they will have a real lucky escape, especially if the Serbs were to score first.
If they don’t then I can see a shock coming here.
Prediction: Serbia 1-0 Brazil
Switzerland vs Costa Rica
A point will do for Switzerland as they meet an already eliminated Costa Rica.
Unlike many teams, Switzerland have come from a goal down in their first two group games at tournament to earn a draw then victory.
Do that again here and this time could prove fatal for their qualification hopes but I reckon that they will show their overall strength now after two tough tests.
Prediction: Switzerland 2-0 Costa Rica
South Korea vs Germany
This is an absolute must win for Germany as a draw might not be enough depending on Sweden’s result with Mexico.
South Korea however still can qualify themselves if can thrash Germany and Mexico beat Sweden,
Based on what I have seen so far, both sides are strong going forward but defensively poor with their goalkeepers keeping the results respectable.
Germany in fact were lucky to beat Sweden and nothing more than that really and wouldn’t be surprised if its another tight result here.
Add in the fact that their two World Cup meetings were won by Germany by a single goal, then this could really be ultra tight with ratifications for top two spots in table if Sweden also win.
Although a South Korea win would be nice just to open up the knockout draw, I can see Germany again just edging it here.
Prediction: South Korea 1-2 Germany
Mexico vs Sweden
Sweden need to win to realistically qualify as long as match Germany’s result whilst Mexico need a point to assure their last 16 passage and top Group F.
Should Mexico lose and Germany win then they will be level on six points with Sweden, which makes things very complicated if their record end up being similar.
There has been only one World Cup meeting between these sides, back in 1958 when as hosts – Sweden ran out 3-0 winners.
This time around though, things will be much tighter because Mexico are dangerous on the counter, whilst the Swedes like to play with a deep striker and tuck the wingers in to allow the full backs to attack high up.
I do see both sides scoring but think that Sweden will have that more desire after being robbed in injury time by Germany on Saturday.
Prediction: Mexico 1-2 Sweden