World Cup Schedule 2014: Fixtures, Kick-off Timetable, Predictions for Day 6

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World Cup Schedule 2014: Fixtures, Kick-off Timetable, Predictions for Day 6
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Hosts Brazil take on Mexico for their second group game of World Cup 2014 on Tuesday, knowing Group A can effectively be wrapped up with victory.

Hotly tipped Belgium take on Algeria on the same day, while Russia face up to South Korea as Group H finally makes its impact on the tournament.

The Belgians will be looking for a positive start against the North African side as Algeria pose potentially their easiest challenge.

Meanwhile, Brazil need to be more convincing than they were in their opening group game against Croatia, when they were flattered by the 3-1 scoreline and given the rub of the green on many decisions.

Read on for a full Day 6 fixture list and predictions for Tuesday's games. 

World Cup 2014: Day 6 Fixtures
Date Time Group Fixture Prediction
June 17 12 p.m./5 p.m. H Belgium vs. Algeria 3-0
June 17 3 p.m./8 p.m. A Brazil vs. Mexico 2-1
June 17 6 p.m./11 p.m. H Russia vs. South Korea 1-1

BBC Sport

 

Brazil Face Real Threat

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Mexico were good value for their 1-0 opening win over Cameroon, which should have been more convincing after they had a Giovani dos Santos double incorrectly denied by the officials.

Conversely, Brazil looked unconvincing against Croatia, going 1-0 down early on and eventually relying on some very suspect refereeing to hand them the win, per Eurosport's Desmond Kane:

The hosts will need to be better in Fortaleza on Tuesday as the attacking prowess of Dos Santos and Oribe Peralta should be more clinical than Croatia's attack and will make Brazil pay if they are sloppy in defence.

However, two standout performers from Brazil's opener were Neymar and Oscar, per ESPN's Miguel Delaney, and if they star again, Brazil should pick up another three points that would see them close in on a last-16 spot:

They will have the huge support of the crowd, and Luiz Felipe Scolari's squad simply looks to have greater strength than Mexico throughout the side. This will be no rout, though, as Miguel Herrera's side are organised and talented enough to run Brazil close.

Prediction: Brazil 2-1 Mexico

 

Belgium Must Not Believe the Hype

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Ask anyone for their "dark horses" to win the World Cup and Belgium will no doubt be the name on many people's lips. In fact, they have been so hotly tipped as an under-the-radar possibility that the phrase "dark horse" can no longer apply, as noted by ESPN's Alex Shaw:

There is no doubt they are a quality side, but they must not get carried away with the public perception of them; they must simply work as a team against Algeria in the opener.

The presence of the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu LukakuThibaut CourtoisVincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne in the Belgian squad is testament to their obvious quality, and if they play their normal game, victory over Algeria should be comfortable.

Victories over Tunisia, Sweden and Luxembourg in warm-up games should give Marc Wilmots' side the confidence to claim an opening win.

South Korea are something of an enigma, very unpredictable but impressive in making the knockout rounds of two of the last three World Cups and winning a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics. They are also fast starters, as noted by Opta:

Russia are a consistent outfit, all based in the national league and top of their group in qualifying, forcing Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal into a playoff.

Fabio Capello's men have the ability to make it to the last 16 but may have to settle for a single point in this opener.

Prediction: Belgium 3-0 Algeria, Russia 1-1 South Korea

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