Day 10 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup will see tournament heavyweights Germany in action for the first time since dismantling Portugal 4-0 in their opening Group G game.
The Germans will battle Ghana, an underrated team narrowly defeated by the U.S.A in their first fixture. The Black Stars are facing the possibility of an early exit if they can't control Germany's rampant forward line.
Elsewhere, it's the turn of Group F, where Argentina will hope to be more impressive than they were in a 2-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina to begin their World Cup.
The Argentines will look to potent forwards Gonzalo Higuain and Lionel Messi for inspiration against Iran. The South Americans need to reassert their credentials as one of the tournament favourites.
Finally, Nigeria will battle a skilled Bosnia squad that was unlucky to lose against Argentina.
TV Schedule Information
|TV and Streaming Schedule for Day 10|
|Argentina vs. Iran||5 p.m. (BST) / 12 p.m. (ET)||ITV / ESPN||ITV Player / ESPN Player|
|Germany vs. Ghana||8 p.m. (BST) / 3 p.m. (ET)||BBC One / ESPN||BBC iPlayer / ESPN Player|
|Nigeria vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina||11 p.m. (BST) / 6 p.m. (ET)||BBC One / ESPN||BBC iPlayer / ESPN Player|
|FIFA.com and FanSided.com|
Despite an enviable quartet of world-class attacking talent, Argentina failed to sparkle in their opening game. It will be interesting to see if Messi, Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Angel di Maria can deliver more fireworks at the second time of asking.
Germany's game with Ghana will be all about the African nation's ability to resist the pace, movement and creative guile of their illustrious opponents.
The Germans can count on Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and Toni Kroos to pull the Ghana defence all over the pitch.
The final game of the day should make for intriguing viewing. Nigeria were desperately disappointing in a goalless draw with Iran, while Bosnia and Herzegovina were cruelly beaten, despite some stylish football of their own.
The Nigerians have pace and power up front, thanks to Premier League stars Victor Moses and Peter Odemwingie. But the Bosnians have plenty of creative flair via skilled playmakers such as Miralem Pjanic and Zvjezdan Misimovic.
This is a clash of styles with a do-or-die mentality for both teams. That should eventually lead to an open game.
Here are some predictions for how Day 10 will play out:
Lionel Messi Will Score Again
When Lionel Messi netted his nation's second goal against Bosnia, the relief was tangible. It was obvious in Messi, the world's best player, who has struggled through a season marred by injuries and playing out of position.
A birdseye view of the scene taken by a photographer captured the wreckage Messi left in his wake, men in blue shirts scattered around the box, helpless figures bowing before his genius. Sergio Aguero was the first to reach the celebrating Messi, followed by Angel Di Maria. The fans simply chanted 'olé, olé, olé, olé, Messi, Messi'.
After being sluggish for more than an hour, Argentina kicked into life after Messi scored. Players such as Di Maria and Higuain turned on the style, showcasing the flair that makes this team a major threat for the trophy.
Messi's goal has clearly eased the pressure on himself, as well as lifting spirits within the camp. A more buoyant Argentina will provide their talisman with plenty of chances to add to his World Cup tally against Iran.
Count on Messi finding the net at least once during Day 10's first game.
Mesut Ozil Will Dominate Ghana
Mesut Ozil is another player who laboured through a difficult club season. But like Messi, the Arsenal man has shown signs that he is set to revive his form at this World Cup.
Ozil wasn't a menace against Portugal, but he was direct and intuitive as part of an ultra-fluid front three. Germany's versatile attacking trio was detailed by BBC Sport writer David Ornstein prior to the game with Portugal:
As that match unfolded, it was Muller who most often became the focal point of the German attack. But it's clear Ozil has a varied and demanding role to play.
He is tasked with ghosting into multiple positions and providing a scoring threat, along with his trademark penchant for creative guile. It's a role this supremely talented playmaker can manage.
Ozil will be back to very near his best against Ghana. The 25-year-old will repeat the dominance of the Black Stars he produced at the 2010 World Cup.
Don't be surprised if he finds himself on the scoresheet or is responsible for at least one assist.
Miralem Pjanic Will Be the Star Against Nigeria
They lost their first Group F game, but Bosnia and Herzegovina should have earned plaudits for their attractive and expansive football. At the heart of their intelligent passing is Miralem Pjanic.
The AS Roma maestro is a natural creative hub in midfield. Pjanic has the vision and speed of thought to play between the lines and expose even the slightest hint of a defensive gap.
He has the vital role to play in providing opportunities for bullish Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko to find the net. Pjanic's combination play with Misimovic, Muhamed Besic and wide flier Senad Lulic can cause any team major problems.
With Pjanic in peak form, Bosnia's technical artistry will be enough to dispatch Nigeria from the tournament.
Once Day 10 is in the books, the established order for Groups F and G will be set. Germany will have all but sealed qualification, while Bosnia will have staked the strongest claim to be runners-up to Argentina.
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