Match Previews

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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After missing the opening win over England, the Juventus shot-stopper is set to return to help Cesare Prandelli's men pursue a spot in the last 16 against Uruguay's conquerors

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With France and Switzerland firmly in control after opening victories, only three points can give either of these sides an outside chance of qualification for the knockout rounds

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Everything for the South American side hinges on the return of their star striker, as England contemplate an early exit unless they avoid defeat

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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The talismanic striker has confirmed that he will sit out the match through injury, while the Croats can bring back the Bayern Munich forward following suspension

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The 2010 champions must recover from the embarrassing 5-1 defeat to Netherlands, while the South Americans look to build on victory in their opener

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The defending Malaysia Super League champions have won only once in their last six games and will be keen to get back to winning ways, with only three league matches left

Monday, June 16, 2014

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Fabio Capello's men are looking to hit the ground running at their first World Cup since 2002, while Hong Myung-Bo is hoping a blend of youth and experience can thrive

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Marc Wilmots has concerns over Kevin De Bruyne and Divock Origi but the Chelsea striker, who enjoyed a prolific 2013-14, is set to lead the line against the African nation

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Victory for either side will go a long way to securing top spot, with the host nation already thinking about qualifying as winners to avoid the best of a formidably tough Group B

Sunday, June 15, 2014

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Carlos Queiroz has built the Persian Stars into a formidable and physical defensive unit but Stephen Keshi's men need a win if they are to kick on from their 2013 Afcon triumph

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Injury concerns hang over both camps with Cristiano Ronaldo, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira all in danger of missing the match between the group favourites

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Unlike in the previous two World Cups this time it’s not a win-or-go-home match but, with Germany and Portugal waiting, it remains a game both teams need to win

Saturday, June 14, 2014

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The Bayern Munich star's absence from the squad has led to a tactical rethink for coach Didier Deschamps, as the central American side look to cause a significant upset

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The Barcelona striker wants to emulate Maradona's 1986 performances and starts his campaign against the World Cup debutants at the Maracana on Sunday

Friday, June 13, 2014

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The African side have never managed to get beyond the group stage in the finals but a win over Alberto Zaccheroni's men will boost their chances of progressing

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The prolific forward's omission from the tournament has led to a rethink in attack for Jose Pekerman's side, who are not short of options to fill his position

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The Liverpool striker will not feature against the Central Americans and could miss much of the group stage, but his team-mates should still secure a win

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Raheem Sterling's expected inclusion in Roy Hodgson's line-up is likely to open up the game in the Amazon jungle of Manaus, with De Sciglio ruled out for the Azzurri

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The Singapore side has lost four out of their last five games and will hope to do better against the Crocs, who beat them earlier this year

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The Three Lions will hope to make a strong start to their World Cup campaign against Cesare Prandelli's side, who have been struggling to score in recent times