World Cup 2014: Live Stream, Predictions, Preview for Day 14 Fixtures in Brazil

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World Cup 2014: Live Stream, Predictions, Preview for Day 14 Fixtures in Brazil
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The knockout round hasn't begun, but it's still win-or-go-home for many teams in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup.

The teams that will advance from Groups A, B, C and D have already been decided. On Day 14, Groups E and F will join them.

Here's how to watch Wednesday's action, as well as previews of each showdown.

 

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

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Nigeria vs. Argentina

Lionel Messi has single-handedly scored more goals than Nigeria through two games. Of course, he's the only Argentine who's scored a goal. He has two, and Argentina's third was from an own goal.

If Nigeria shuts down Messi, it has a chance, but this is obviously easier said than done. He's arguably the best striker in the world. However, Nigeria's defense, which has yet to allow a goal in the World Cup, may be up for the challenge.

And it must be up for the challenge. A loss and an Iran win could eliminate Nigeria. But the combination of its lack of offense and Argentina's suffocating defense will be Nigeria's undoing.

Prediction: 1-0 Argentina

 

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Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran

To advance to the knockout round, Iran must do something it has yet to do in the 2014 World Cup—score.

And win, of course. It hasn't done that either. But it's in position to advance thanks to one of the top defenses in the tournament.

Bosnia-Herzegovina's World Cup campaign has been a nightmare, but once upon a time, it was favored to advance out of Group F. It's more talented than Iran, and while Iran has performed better, its offense is too pitiful.

Prediction: 1-0, Bosnia-Herzegovina

 

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Honduras vs. Switzerland

Honduras is still alive in the race for a spot in the knockout round, but it doesn't deserve to be. Not only hasn't it won a match, it's scored just one measly goal. Only Australia and Cameroon have a worse goal differential than Honduras, and they've completed more games.

While Switzerland sits behind Ecuador in the standings, it should feel comfortable entering Day 14. Switzerland is superior to Honduras and France is superior to Ecuador.

Upsets are frequent: All Switzerland and France have to do is avoid them, and Switzerland (and France) will be knockout round-bound. 

Prediction: 2-0 Switzerland

 

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Ecuador vs. France

France is averaging 4.0 goals per game in the World Cup. It's beating teams by an average of 3.0 goals per game. No one wants to play France in the knockout round.

Ecuador has to be hoping France's motivation will be low, given that it's basically guaranteed a spot in the next round. Ecuador cannot expect Switzerland to lose with such an easy matchup against Honduras. At the very least, a draw is necessary for Ecuador to keep its hopes alive.

But considering Ecuador only defeated Honduras 2-1, the same team France embarrassed 3-0, its hopes are slim.

Prediction: 3-1 France

 

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

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