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World Cup 2014: Fixtures, Match Odds, Predictions, Latest Standings for Day 4

France's soccer team goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, left, and head coach Didier Deschamps, right, attend a press conference before an official training session the day before the group E World Cup soccer match between France and Honduras at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
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David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 15, 2014

If Day 4 of the 2014 World Cup is as thrilling as the previous two days, a favorite will fall.

On Thursday, Spain lost to the Netherlands 5-1. Going into the match, Spain had the fourth-highest odds to win the World Cup, according to Odds Shark. On Friday, Costa Rica beat Uruguay by the score of 3-1. Costa Rica had the worst odds to win the World Cup and wasn't expected to win a match.

On Sunday, France and Argentina should be on upset alert.

Here are the updated standings after Day 3 as well as the Day 4 schedule.

Standings
PosTeamPtsGDPWDLFA
Group A
1Brazil32110031
2Mexico31110010
3Cameroon0-1100101
4Croatia0-2100113
Group B
1Netherlands34110051
2Chile32110031
3Australia0-2100113
4Spain0-4100115
Group C
1Colombia33110030
2Ivory Coast31110021
3Japan0-1100112
4Greece0-3100103
Group D
1Costa Rica32110031
2Italy31110021
3England0-1100112
4Uruguay0-2100113
Group E
1Switzerland00000000
2Ecuador00000000
3France00000000
4Honduras00000000
Group F
1Argentina00000000
2Bosnia-Herzegovina00000000
3Iran00000000
4Nigeria00000000
Group G
1Germany00000000
2Portugal00000000
3Ghana00000000
4United States00000000
Group H
1Belgium00000000
2Algeria00000000
3Russia00000000
4South Korea00000000
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Day 4 Schedule
Time (ET)MatchWatchPrediction
12 p.m.Switzerland vs. EcuadorABC2-2
3 p.m.France vs. HondurasABC3-0
6 p.m.Argentina vs. Bosnia-HerzegovinaESPN3-1
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Switzerland vs. Ecuador

Switzerland 6/5 to win, Ecuador 287-100 to win, 219-100 for a draw

Michael Sohn/Associated Press

Unless another underdog goes crazy like the Netherlands and Costa Rica did, this will be the match of the day.

While every match in the group stage is just as valuable as the next, this one has the greatest odds to decide which teams will represent Group E in the knockout round. France is a heavy favorite to advance and Honduras is a heavy favorite to lose every game, leaving Switzerland and Ecuador to battle for the final spot.

Expect a draw because the stakes are so high. But if there's a winner, it's almost guaranteed to advance.

 

France vs. Honduras

France 49-169 to win, Honduras 1341-100 to win, 43-10 for a draw

David Vincent/Associated Press

Honduras has the exact same odds to win the World Cup as Costa Rica. Few gave Costa Rica a chance against Uruguay, but it won by multiple goals. Honduras could be another Costa Rica, or it could just be what Costa Rica was supposed to be.

The latter is more likely.

France winning this match by multiple goals is probably more likely than a draw.

 

Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina

Argentina 72-200 to win, Bosnia-Herzegovina 226-25 to win, 383-100 for a draw

Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press

Bosnia-Herzegovina is far more capable of pulling off an upset than Honduras is. However, Argentina is even more capable of holding off an upset than France is.

More numbers: Lionel Messi has the highest odds, 7-1, to lead the World Cup in goals scored. He scored 28 goals for Barcelona this past season and is going to be a pain to deal with.

But Argentina doesn't have the second-highest odds to win the World Cup—behind only Brazil—just because of Messi. It's stacked from top to bottom. Bosnia-Herzegovina isn't and will need to be at its best to force a draw.

 

*All odds are according to Odds Shark

David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets too.

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