It seems as if every match of the 2014 World Cup has been exciting thus far, and Day 6 action figures to be just as compelling.
With three matches on the schedule, there's plenty of World Cup play to keep fans entertained throughout the day. The first of three matches kicks off at noon ET. From there, you'll have World Cup action through dinnertime.
It has proven nearly impossible to correctly predict the outcomes of the completed matches. That said, upsets can't keep happening daily, right?
Stay glued to your TVs on Tuesday to ensure that you don't miss anything. Below you'll find a full schedule for the day, along with predictions for each match.
Day 6 Schedule
|June 17||12 p.m.||H||Belgium vs. Algeria||ESPN|
|June 17||3 p.m.||A||Brazil vs. Mexico||ESPN|
|June 17||6 p.m.||H||Russia vs. South Korea||ESPN|
Day 6 Predictions
Belgium vs. Algeria (Group H)
Algeria are the far inferior team in this matchup. Sure, they defeated the Ivory Coast last week and have won 12 of 13 overall, but the fact remains that Islam Slimani and Madjid Bougherra are their top stars. While good players in their own right, neither is capable of propelling this team past a dangerous Belgium team.
Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Nacer Chadli are Belgium's top players. This triumvirate will propel Belgium to an easy win over their Group H opponent and also to a deep run in this tournament. Belgium cannot be overlooked as one of the most dangerous teams in Brazil. Patrick O'Flynn agrees:
If Eng can't win the World Cup, I hope Belgium do. Great players and may at last convince their compatriots of merits of the nation state!— Patrick O'Flynn (@oflynndirector) June 16, 2014
This match will not be a close one. It will be all Belgium on Day 6, and Algeria will be left scrambling heading into a must-win second match of the group round.
Prediction: Belgiuml 4, Algeria 0
Russia vs. Korea Republic (Group H)
Son Heung-min is the player to watch in this one. The 21-year-old is Korea Republic's star, as he already has five career international goals under his belt. Overall, however, this team is solid up and down the lineup.
Korea Republic are a mismatch for many teams in this tournament because of their fantastic speed and high energy. They should run all over Russia.
The Russians are looking to make a splash in this tournament before hosting the event in 2018, but it will be extremely difficult without captain Roman Shirokov. He will miss the entire World Cup with a knee injury.
Igor Akinfeev will be crucial to stopping the Koreans, but if his defense lets him down, then there's really only so much he can do. Korea will take advantage of space and weaknesses in the defense. This will spell bad news for Russia.
Prediction: Korea Republic 2, Russia 1
Brazil vs. Mexico (Group A)
Both Brazil and Mexico have three points after wins against Croatia and Cameroon, respectively. The winner of this match will move on to the knockout stage as a result.
While Mexico looked sharp against Cameroon, they face a tough test in Brazil. Coach Miguel Herrera thinks his team can win the World Cup, however:
Miguel Herrera speaking in press conference, ahead of Mexico game v Cameroon: "We can win the World Cup."— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTSUSA) June 12, 2014
Neymar and Oscar played great for Brazil against Croatia. Even though the rest of the team played poorly, these two can anchor the squad against Mexico. I do expect improvement from Brazil after they worked out their opening-game jitters against Croatia, but any slip-ups will certainly be capitalized on by Mexico.
I wouldn't be shocked if this one ended in a draw or even with a win for Mexico. That said, I'm not picking against one of the tournament's best teams.
Prediction: Brazil 2, Mexico 1