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World Cup 2014: Fixtures, Match Odds, Predictions, Latest Standings for Day 11

Jun 16, 2014; Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, BRAZIL; United States defender John Brooks (6) is hugged by midfielder Julian Green (16) after his winning goal to beat Ghana 2-1 during their 2014 World Cup game at Estadio das Dunas. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
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David DanielsSenior Writer IDecember 5, 2016

Every match on Day 11 of the 2014 World Cup will likely be decided in the final minutes.

This is the most evenly matched trio of matches yet. Not a single team is a heavy favorite.

If there's a blowout, it would be surprising. If there isn't drama, it would be shocking.  

Here are predictions for the Day 11 fixtures and how to watch them, as well as the updated standings going into the day.

Day 11 Schedule
Time (ET)FixtureNetworkPrediction
NoonBelgium vs. RussiaABC1-1, Draw
3 p.m.South Korea vs. AlgeriaABC1-0, South Korea
6 p.m.United States vs. PortugalESPN2-1, United States
ESPNFC.com

 

Hassan Ammar/Associated Press

Belgium vs. Russia

Odds: 20-21 Belgium, 23-10 Russia, 27-10 Draw

Belgium entered the World Cup favored to win Group H. However, after only winning by a goal over Algeria, which has the third-worst odds to win the tournament, Belgium is no sure bet for the first seed.

Neither is Russia, which couldn't avoid a draw against underdog South Korea. But Russia remains more than capable of advancing.

Few matches in the group stage should be tighter than this one. And it shouldn't be a snoozefest because both teams allowed subpar opponents to score. Expect these evenly matched teams to end deadlocked.

 

Ahn Young-joon/Associated Press

South Korea vs. Algeria

Odds: 20-21 South Korea, 23-10 Algeria, 237-100 Draw

Oddsmakers gave South Korea the same likelihood to win on Sunday as Belgium and gave Algeria the same likelihood to win as Russia. The chance of a draw is higher in this match, but there's also more on the line.

If Russia loses to Belgium, it can always bounce back by beating Algeria. If South Korea loses to Algeria, though, it'll enter its final match of the group stage against Belgium as a heavy underdog. (It'll likely be a heavy underdog either way.)

Fueled by desperation, South Korea should defeat Algeria in an almost must-win scenario. A draw would leave too much in the hands of Russia going into the third set of matches.

 

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: A dejected Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
Martin Rose/Getty Images

Portugal vs. United States

Odds: 41-91 Portugal, 7-2 United States, 63-20 Draw

Portugal is favored, but an upset would shock no one. After Portugal lost by the score of 4-0 to Germany on Day 5, the United States beat Ghana 2-1. Not only is the U.S. playing better, but it's significantly healthier.

According to ESPN, injuries will sideline forward Hugo Almeida, defender Fabio Coentrao and goalie Rui Patricio for Portugal. Defender Bruno Alves could also miss the game with an injury. And all this is after defender Pepe drew a red card against Germany that will make him sit out this one.

As if Portugal didn't have enough to overcome, Cristiano Ronaldo will be playing on an injured knee that, according to El Confidential (h/t NBC Sports), a doctor told him to “rest, or your future is in danger.” If Portugal wins, it certainly wouldn't be a surprise, but neither would be a U.S. upset, given the circumstances.

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
1Argentina62220031
2Nigeria41211010
3Iran1-1201101
4Bosnia and Herzegovina0-2200213
Group G
1Germany44211062
2United States31110021
3Ghana1-1201134
4Portugal0-4100104
Group H
1Belgium31110021
2Russia10101011
3South Korea10101011
4Algeria0-1100112
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*All odds are according to Odds Shark.

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

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