Portugal have a terrific opportunity here to throw pressure on the shoulders of Spain. If Portugal beat Morocco, they will be on four points with Iran on three points and Spain on one point. The question remains, however, on if this will be a “let down” match for Portugal. After being so hyped for their first group match since it was against Spain, could they see a dip in form in this one, allowing Morocco to take a point (or all three)?
Location: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia
Time: 3:00 pm local time, 8:00 am EST
Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia — Group A
This match is relatively straight forward for Uruguay: Win and you’re in. Russia is sitting on six points after the first two matches already, so if Uruguay pick up all three points, they’ll joint the hosts in the knockout rounds. It’s hard to see Saudi Arabia putting up much of a fight against Uruguay after they were slaughtered by Russia in the opening game. Look for Luis Suarez and Uruguay to easily defeat the Saudis.
Location: Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Time: 6:00 pm local time, 11:00 am EST
Iran vs Spain — Group B
Iran’s victory over Morocco in the first match stunned a lot of people. While it was expected that Spain and Portugal will be going through to the knockout rounds, perhaps Iran can stifle Spain’s attack long enough to force the Spanish to get nervous? That remains to be seen. Spain should make some tweaks to their squad in this match and put Bayern boy Thiago Alcantara on the field from the start. I think Spain is going to run all over Iran.
Location: Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia
Time: 9:00 pm local time, 2:00 pm EST
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