World Cup 2014: TV Schedule, Live Stream and Predictions for Day 12

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World Cup 2014: TV Schedule, Live Stream and Predictions for Day 12
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Two-thirds of the 2014 World Cup group-stage matches have been played, and all 32 teams will have one final chance to show what they can do on the biggest stage in the sport before the next round of competition starts.

Groups A and B will conclude play on Monday, and while we already know which teams will be advancing from the latter, the former is still wide open.

Let's have a look at the full schedule for Monday's action, including full TV and mobile coverage info:

2014 World Cup Day 12 Schedule
Time (BST) Time (ET) Match TV Info Live Stream
5 p.m. 12 p.m. Netherlands v Chile ESPN/ITV WatchESPN/ITV Player
5 p.m. 12 p.m. Australia v Spain ESPN2/ITV4 WatchESPN/ITV Player
9 p.m. 4 p.m. Croatia v Mexico ESPN/ITV WatchESPN/ITV Player
9 p.m. 4 p.m. Cameroon v Brazil ESPN2/ITV4 WatchESPN/ITV Player

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Netherlands v Chile

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Both teams have already qualified for the knockout stages and will face a fight to avoid a date with hosts Brazil in the next round, but the bigger battle may be the one for health and fitness.

The Dutch will be without suspended striker Robin van Persie and could be without Bruno Martins Indi, who suffered from concussion-like symptoms after a collision with Australia's Tim Cahill in the Netherlands' previous match.

Likewise, Chile could choose to drop Arturo Vidal and Charles Aranguiz from the starting XI, both players struggling for health and facing suspension should they receive one more yellow card.

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Van Persie told reporters it would be very important for his teammates not to underestimate the Chileans, as reported by The Associated Press' Mike Corder (via Yahoo Sports):

I saw bits of Chile against Spain and they looked very good. They looked fit, they looked strong, they played together. So we've got a big task. It will be very hard to at least draw against them.

Chile's athleticism made all the difference against a Spanish team bent on possession, but the Dutch's strong foundation at the back will largely neutralize the spaces out wide, where Chile like to make their runs.

This match could turn on a single moment of individual brilliance, so expect a close affair.

Prediction: Netherlands 1-1 Chile

 

Australia v Spain

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Pride will be at stake for both of these winless teams, but not all winless teams are created equally. Australia weren't expected to do much in Group B, and following their two strong performances against the Dutch and the Chileans, they'll be going home with their heads held high.

The Spanish won't, to say the least. As defending champions, no team disappointed more during this tournament than La Roja. While morale will understandably be low in the Spanish dressing room, a solid final performance at the 2014 World Cup is a must.

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Spain have one of the deepest squads in the entire tournament, and Vicente del Bosque is expected to make some changes to his starting XI as the team starts to prepare for the future.

It won't have to worry about marking Tim Cahill, who won't be playing due to suspension. The striker told reporters his team can be proud of what it accomplished in Brazil, according to The Associated Press' Pan Pylas (via Yahoo Sports):

We came here to play football, and as a nation I think we have earned the respect of the world. I am proud of this team, the kids. It's one of the best soccer teams I have ever been a part of.

A Spanish victory would be bittersweet, but the team needs some hope as it starts preparations for Euro 2016. Look for the Spanish youngsters to add a spark La Roja have lacked so far, making sure Spain don't become the first-ever defending champions to leave the tournament with no points.

Prediction: Australia 1-2 Spain

 

Cameroon v Brazil

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The hosts are in great position to finish at the top of Group A, but following two unconvincing performances, Brazil are in dire need of some confidence heading into the knockout stages.

Brazil haven't been bad—they just haven't looked like the tournament favourites so far. The team's movement still leaves a lot of room for improvement, and finishing clear-cut chances has been the biggest problem so far.

Defensively, Brazil have looked very solid, and against the already-eliminated Indomitable Lions, it will allow the hosts to take more chances and send more people forward.

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The Brazilians are fast and have two of the world's best full-backs when it comes to overlapping runs in Marcelo and Dani Alves. The lack of production from Paulinho has been worrying so far, but he won't be going up against the physical Alex Song, who is out with a suspension.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Benjamin Moukandjo could be dropped from Cameroon's starting XI as well following their on-pitch clash during the match against Croatia, so the Indomitable Lions won't be at their very best coming into this match.

Prediction: Cameroon 0-2 Brazil

 

Croatia v Mexico

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Croatia did well in their opening match against Brazil despite the absence of star striker Mario Mandzukic, but after their excellent showing against Cameroon, it's clear this is a far better team when the Bayern Munich man is playing.

Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric are two of the world's best at controlling the pace of a match and finding openings for the likes of Mandzukic and Ivan Perisic, but they will struggle for space against an organised Mexican team.

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El Tri are one of two teams yet to concede during the 2014 World Cup, and Guillermo Ochoa's breathtaking performance against the Brazilians was far from the only reason.

Miguel Herrera uses his two full-backs to perfection, adding a lot of depth to the attack and limiting space effectively when defending in their own half. Mexico don't rely on their star power as much as the Croatians do, as evidenced by Javier Hernandez's role on the bench.

Oribe Peralta has been very effective up front, and as the Croatians need to beat Mexico in order to advance, he will find plenty of space to work with against the team's high press.

Prediction: Croatia 1-1 Mexico

 


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