World Cup 2014: TV Schedule, Live Stream and Predictions for Day 14

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more stories
World Cup 2014: TV Schedule, Live Stream and Predictions for Day 14
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The last-16 spots continue to be filled at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and on Day 14 it's Group E and Group F's turn to play their final games.

France and Argentina are favourites to top their respective groups after two wins each, while Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras in Group E, and Nigeria and Iran in Group F, are still in with a chance of progressing to the knockout round.

Bosnia and Herzegovina have already been ejected from the competition in South America but could play a crucial role in how their group finishes.

Read on for full television information as well as predictions for all the matches on Wednesday.

World Cup 2014: Day 14 Schedule
Time(BST/ET) Fixture TV Info Live Stream Prediction
5 p.m./12 p.m. Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Iran ITV4/ESPN2 ITV Player/ESPN Player 2-1
5 p.m./12 p.m. Nigeria vs. Argentina ITV1/ESPN ITV Player/ESPN Player 0-2
9 p.m./4 p.m. Ecuador vs. France BBC1/ESPN2 BBC iPlayer/ESPN Player 1-3
9 p.m./4 p.m. Honduras vs. Switzerland BBC3/ESPN BBC iPlayer/ESPN Player 0-2

BBC Sport

 

Group E

Adam Pretty/Getty Images

France have looked far and away like the best team in this group so far, having picked up a 3-0 win against Honduras and a 5-2 victory over Switzerland.

They face an Ecuador side who looked good in their opener against the Swiss but came away with nothing after a last-minute winner, while Enner Valencia bagged a double as they beat Honduras 2-1.

Courtesy of their superior goal difference, Reinaldo Rueda's side simply have to match Switzerland's result to go through, but they will do well to take even a point away from a strong French side.

Striker Karim Benzema has been in fantastic form so far in the tournament, per Squawka and Opta, and could be the key for France who only need a point to guarantee topping the group.

Honduras are in with the slightest of chances of making the last 16 if they can beat Switzerland and rely on an Ecuador loss and a large swing in goal difference.

However, realistically, the Swiss are in with the best chance of making the knockout round and will be aiming to win to put themselves in prime position.

They will likely have to rely on France beating Ecuador, but as Les Bleus are currently not absolutely guaranteed to qualify, Didier Deschamps will likely play a strong team. 

 

Group F

Ian Walton/Getty Images

Argentina top Group F currently, but it has not been wholly convincing thus far from a side many are tipping to go all the way in Brazil.

Two Lionel Messi crackers have proved the difference, one of those coming in the dying minutes to claim a 1-0 victory over Iran, per Fox Soccer:

However, they have already made it to the last 16 and will be looking to confirm the top spot in the group by beating Nigeria in Porto Alegre.

But the African side will be tough to break down, as they simply need a draw to advance after beating Bosnia and Herzegovina and drawing with Iran; however, they were fortunate against the former, per beIN Sports' Matteo Bonetti:

With the likes of Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria in the side, the South Americans should have enough to see off Nigeria, which would leave the door open for Iran who currently sit third on one point, per Fox Soccer:

If Iran beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0 and Nigeria suffer the same reverse against Messi et al, Group F's second place would go down to the irregular practice of lot-drawing, per ESPN's Dale Johnson:

However, the Middle East side have failed to get on the scoresheet in this World Cup so far and have not often looked like doing so.

They come up an already disqualified but wounded side who will be eager to take at least one win away from their first-ever World Cup campaign.

Thus the top two are likely to be Argentina and Nigeria—in that order—with Switzerland and France, respectively, potentially awaiting in the last 16.

The Argentinians have not been at their best so far, but if they do top the group, they should make the last eight. World Cups are about momentum, not getting off to a flier, and if Alejandro Sabella's side can continue to build, they must still be considered genuine contenders for the trophy.

Load More Stories

Follow B/R on Facebook

World Cup 2014

Subscribe Now

We will never share your email address

Thanks for signing up.