Brazil vs Costa Rica — Group E
Brazil has to have a big match against Costa Rica to find their groove to start this World Cup. After a disappointing 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their opening match, Brazil needs something more out of Neymar, and (yes) they need the referees to call a little tighter game to keep it from becoming another match in which Neymar is hammered every time he touches the ball.
Location: Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Time: 3:00 pm local time, 8:00 am EST
Nigeria vs Iceland — Group D
Nigeria struggled against Croatia, falling 2-0 in their opening match. Then, Croatia went out and dominated Argentina in the second matchday. As the youngest team in the tournament, Nigeria should have the legs for the three games in relatively quick succession in this part of the group stage. Iceland is going to try to make the game super physical and prevent Nigeria from playing, but this match is set up for an important Nigerian win.
Location: Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia
Time: 6:00 pm local time, 11:00 am EST
Serbia vs Switzerland — Group E
If Serbia can snag all three points in this match, they’ll have secured themselves a spot in the knockout rounds with one match to play. After a physical match against Brazil in the first match, Switzerland won’t be able to rely on such tactics against Serbia, who will be just as physical in return.
Location: Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, Russia
Time: 9:00 pm local time, 2:00 pm EST
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