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World Cup 2014: Fixtures, Match Odds, Predictions, Latest Standings for Day 10

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 15:  Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Maracana on June 15, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 21, 2014

Day 10 of the 2014 World Cup will be the most exciting yet, if you're a fan of blowouts.

Two of the best teams in the tournament will face winless opponents on Saturday. Ugly matches are almost inevitable. At least the final fixture of the day should be a nail-biter.

Here are predictions for and how to watch Day 10 action, as well as updated standings.

Day 10 Schedule
Time (ET)FixtureNetworkPrediction
12 p.m.Argentina vs. IranESPN2-0, Argentina
3 p.m.Germany vs. GhanaESPN3-0, Germany
6 p.m.Nigeria vs. Bosnia-HerzegovinaESPN2-1, Bosnia-Herzegovina
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*All odds are according to Odds Shark

 

Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press

Argentina vs. Iran

Odds: 3-22 Argentina, 243-10 Iran, 226-25 Draw

Argentina only scored one goal on Bosnia-Herzegovina, but Argentina won 2-1 because of a Sead Kolasinac own goal. This should give Iran confidence, especially after it shut out Nigeria. However, Argentina is superior to Nigeria and Bosnia-Herzegovina is more talented than Iran.

An upset isn't happening. Only Brazil has better odds to win the World Cup than Argentina. Only three teams have worse odds than Iran.

Don't make a Costa Rica comparison. Costa Rica scored as many goals in its opener, three, as Iran's shots on goal.  Even if Iran's defense plays the game of its life again, it still doesn't have the offense to outscore Lionel Messi and company.

 

Matthias Schrader/Associated Press

Germany vs. Ghana

Odds: Germany 41-132, 257-25 Ghana, 5-1 Draw

If the United States scored on Ghana twice, what will Germany do after scoring four on a superior Portugal team? (Just in case Thomas Muller's teammates try to outscore him, the record for goals in a World Cup match by a single team is 10).

This one could be worse than 3-0. Only Argentina and Brazil have better odds to win the World Cup than Germany, and if those odds were redone, Germany should be on top after its performance against Portugal. Muller recorded a hat-trick on FIFA's fourth-ranked team in the world.

Ghana competed with the U.S., but neither is on the same level as Germany. A draw for Ghana would be cause for celebration.

 

Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press

Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Nigeria

Odds: 50-53 Bosnia-Herzegovina, 84-25 Nigeria, 263-100 Draw

Unlike the aforementioned two, this match could go down to the wire. Bosnia-Herzegovina likely would have come away with a draw against Argentina if not for an own goal. And while Nigeria couldn't put a dent in the scoreboard against Iran, it still dominated time of possession and shots on goal.

Of course, if Nigeria struggles to score again, this one won't go down to the wire. Iran's pitiful offense isn't on the level of Bosnia-Herzegovina's. 

With so much on the line, though, these teams should be at the top of their game. A winner will have a huge edge in advancing to the knockout round. Bosnia-Herzegovina is the likely winner after it entered the World Cup favored and performed better than Nigeria thus far.

Tables
PosTeamPtsGDPWDLFA
Group A
1Brazil42211031
2Mexico41211010
3Croatia32210153
4Cameroon0-5200205
Group B
1Netherlands64220083
2Chile62220051
3Australia0-3200236
4Spain0-6200217
Group C
1Colombia64220051
2Ivory Coast30210133
3Japan1-1201112
4Greece1-3201103
Group D
1Costa Rica63220041
2Italy30210122
3Uruguay3-1210134
4England0-2200224
Group E
1France66220082
2Ecuador30210133
3Switzerland3-2210146
4Honduras0-4200215
Group F
1Argentina31110021
2Iran10101000
3Nigeria10101000
4Bosnia-Herzegovina0-1100112
Group G
1Germany34110040
2United States31110021
3Ghana0-1100112
4Portugal0-4100104
Group H
1Belgium31110021
2Russia10101011
3South Korea10101011
4Algeria0-1100112
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David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.

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