World Cup 2014: Live Stream, Predictions, Preview for Day 13 Fixtures in Brazil

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World Cup 2014: Live Stream, Predictions, Preview for Day 13 Fixtures in Brazil
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Two of the four spots for the knockout stages at stake on Tuesday have already been filled, but while Colombia and Costa Rica can take things relatively easy in their final group-stage match, five other teams will be playing with their 2014 World Cup bids on the line.

Ivory Coast, Japan and Greece all still have a chance at progressing from Group C, while Italy and Uruguay will go head-to-head in Group D to determine which team will join Costa Rica in the round of 16.

Tuesday promises to be another cracking day of World Cup action, so let's take a look at all four fixtures fans will get to watch:

2014 World Cup Day 13 Schedule
Time (BST) Time (ET) Match TV Info Live Stream
5 p.m. 12 p.m. Italy v Uruguay ESPN/ITV4 WatchESPN/ITV Player
5 p.m. 12 p.m. Costa Rica v England ESPN2/ITV WatchESPN/ITV Player
9 p.m. 4 p.m. Japan v Colombia ESPN/BBC1 WatchESPN/BBC iPlayer
9 p.m. 4 p.m. Greece v Ivory Coast ESPN2/BBC3 WatchESPN/BBC iPlayer

FIFA.com

 

Preview

Italy v Uruguay

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Tuesday's action will start off with a bang as the Azzurri and La Celeste will battle it out for the right to play in the round of 16.

Both teams recorded 2-1 victories over England and backed that result up with poor showings against the surprising Costa Ricans. The Italians hold the edge in goal difference, meaning a draw will be enough to see the 2006 champions through to the knockout stages.

Speaking to reporters, Andrea Pirlo stated his team hadn't even considered the notion of losing on Tuesday, while also admitting he isn't happy with the way his Italy side has performed so far, per Football-Italia:

Am I worried? No. We are all aware that this is a crucial match, but we are equally aware that we are a strong team with destiny in our own hands.

It would be a big disappointment for me and for the whole team to go out now, but it is not something we have thought about.

We are preparing to go through to the next round. Leaving [the tournament] hasn’t entered our minds.

Hopefully we will see a different Italy – not the same one that we saw against England or Costa Rica.

ESPN's Sumeet Paul claims the Italians could be reverting back to the 3-5-2 formation they used at times during Euro 2012:

The Azzurri seemed to struggle for fitness against Costa Rica, with the ball moving up and down the pitch at a snail's pace. That could spell trouble against Uruguay's athletic attacking unit, who were deadly efficient against the Three Lions.

Luis Suarez looked like his old self in that match, but Italy have a knack for eliminating the opposing team's biggest weapon. Taking Suarez out of a match is easier said than done, but if anyone can do it, it's Cesare Prandelli.

Prediction: Italy 1-1 Uruguay, Italy advance on GD

 

Costa Rica v England

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The Costa Ricans have little to play for in this match, their lead in Group D fairly safe thanks to their goal differential. In contrast, England will be playing for pride, and manager Roy Hodgson could be coaching for his job.

Criticism of the England manager has been fierce, and it has been steadily growing during the buildup for the team's final World Cup match. The Mirror's John Cross weighed in:

Via the Associated Press' Rob Harris, Jorge Luis Pinto expects his team to treat this match like they did the previous two:

England could make a handful of changes to the starting XI following the disappointing results in their first two matches, but as Hodgson is desperate for a solid result against the group leaders, don't expect him to experiment too much.

For the Costa Ricans, this match will be played with one eye already on the knockout stages. Protecting your players from injuries or suspensions is vital at this point, so while the Central Americans will most likely field their strongest possible team, vital contributors like Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell likely won't play the full 90 minutes.

Prediction: Costa Rica 1-1 England

 

Japan v Colombia

Shuji Kajiyama/Associated Press

The Samurai Blue have been amongst the most disappointing teams at the 2014 World Cup so far, but they'll have one last chance at turning their fortunes around when they take on Colombia.

The Colombians have already qualified, which could be an advantage for Japan, but the South Americans are unlikely to put in a meager performance with thousands of fans having travelled to Brazil to watch their heroes play.

However, they could decide to give some of their key contributors a rest, particularly James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado. Both have been vital in creating much of the danger for Colombia, and the team can't afford to lose them to injury or suspension heading into the knockout stages.

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Per Sky Sports, Mario Yepes is also expected to be dropped for this match, and his authoritative voice is what has made the Colombian defence this good early in the tournament. His absence could give Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa a chance to take advantage of the space that will come available around the box.

Alberto Zaccheroni has so far refused to give Yoichiro Kakitani a real chance at proving himself on the biggest stage, to the surprise of pundits across the globe. The forward looked to be in excellent form during preparations, and his introduction could give the team a little more creativity in front of goal.

Prediction: Japan 0-2 Colombia

 

Greece v Ivory Coast

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Greece's 2014 World Cup hasn't exactly gone according to plan, to say the least.

The Greeks were hammered by Colombia in their opening match and fortunate enough to run into a Japan side struggling with form in their second fixture, securing a vital point to keep their Cup dreams alive.

The team has looked slow, unimaginative and overwhelmed for much of the World Cup, lacking players able to break open a match in the centre of the pitch. The defence has been solid for spells, but against Colombia, it allowed far too much space close to the back line.

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Ivory Coast's come-from-behind win against Japan was huge in many ways, and they'll go into the tie with Greece knowing a draw will most likely see them through to the next round.

The Greeks aren't particularly adept at pressing high and keeping the ball in the team, but they'll have little choice against the Ivorians, who have no reason to go chasing goals themselves.

Yaya Toure's World Cup has been one of flashes so far, the central midfielder failing to consistently dominate his opponents. Against Greece, he'll have the opportunity to use his superior athleticism to his advantage and grow more comfortable with the role he plays for Ivory Coast.

Prediction: Greece 0-1 Ivory Coast

 


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