We're only heading into Day 4 of 2014 World Cup action, and already we've seen some upset victories, blowout wins and down-to-the-wire finishes.
The early action only reaffirms the notion that the World Cup remains one of the most difficult sporting events to predict—especially during the early stages.
On Sunday, six more teams—all four from Group E and two from Group F—take the field in effort to get off to a fast start in the group stage of the tournament.
If any of the World Cup's previous matches are indicators of what's to come, we're certainly in for some breathtaking excitement on Sunday.
To ensure not a moment is missed, let's overview Sunday's match schedule and predict how each contest is likely to unfold.
2014 World Cup: Sunday's Schedule
|2014 World Cup: Sunday's Schedule|
|June 15||12 p.m.||E||Switzerland vs. Ecuador||ABC|
|June 15||3 p.m.||E||France vs. Honduras||ABC|
|June 15||6 p.m.||F||Argentina vs. Bosnia-H.||ESPN|
The complete World Cup schedule can be found at FIFA.com.
Sunday's Match Predictions
Switzerland vs. Ecuador
This contest will set the tone for Group E.
In 2010, Switzerland got off to a hot start, defeating future champion Spain in its first match.
Needless to say, the Swiss will be looking to do the same on Sunday.
Switzerland comes into the World Cup very healthy. With Gokhan Inler and Valon Behrami set to take starting positions at midfield, and Josip Drmic at striker, the Swiss have plenty of starting-caliber talent who will serve on the bench.
Ecuador isn't exactly in the same situation.
Segundo Castillo was scratched from the World Cup due to a torn ACL. Christian Noboa's status is also in doubt for Sunday's contest after a knock in a friendly with England, according to Yahoo Eurosport.
FourFourTweet noted the roster change after the announcement of Castillo's injury:
With a talented, healthy and diverse team set to take the field on Sunday, the Swiss have the capability to overtake a talented-yet-injured Ecuador team.
This one should come down to the wire, but Switzerland will prevail.
Switzerland 2-1 Ecuador
France vs. Honduras
France may be in a bit of disarray heading into this year's World Cup, but the team was given a fortunate draw and will face Honduras on Sunday.
Dealing with some lackluster showings in qualifying games, and the injuries of Franck Ribery and Clement Grenier, the French must be careful against the underdog Honduras.
CVM Television tweeted the question everyone was asking after the news of Ribery's scratch:
Especially after the loss of Ribery, a high amount of pressure will be applied to Karim Benzema. The Real Madrid striker will need to take the reins on offense to ensure a victory over a Honduras team that failed to score a goal in South Africa's 2010 World Cup.
Honduras shouldn't be overlooked, as the team defeated Mexico during the qualifying stages, and has the firepower to be a sneaky contender in the group stage.
Although as long as the French can avoid playing in erratic fashion, they'll come away with the victory.
France 1-0 Honduras
Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina
Sunday's third match features one of the best players in the world—Lionel Messi.
We all know the kind of talent Messi brings; however, Argentina is simply loaded at the attacking positions with strikers Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero. At midfield is Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria, who will play a strong supporting role to the front line.
Mail Online Sport tweeted quite a message regarding Messi:
Despite Argentina's prowess on offense, though, the squad's defense is lacking.
That may be an issue against a Bosnia-Herzegovina team that scored 30 goals in 10 qualifying matches.
There's plenty of offensive firepower on display in this contest—which may wind up being closer than many would think.
Even though Argentina is one of the favorites to win the World Cup this year, Bosnia-Herzegovina is talented enough to at least advance through the group stage.
Expect to see some goals in this exciting contest.
Argentina 3-2 Bosnia-Herzegovina
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