We’re a third of the way thru the World Cup and matters are beginning to take form.
Day nine sees one of the favorites in action, two heavyweights facing off and a clash for the hipsters. We’re excited.
Here’s what you should be looking out for:
Brazil have a point to prove
It’s fair to say that Brazil’s opener against Switzerland didn’t get our pulses racing. The game started brilliantly for O Seleção with some promising early pressure, followed by a trademark Philippe Coutinho wonder goal, but they lacked fluency from that point forward.
A credit of course has to go to Switzerland who did their best to disrupt Brazil (and Neymar) as much as possible which paid dividends. However, Tite will be concerned at how poor the midfield was at times and for such a typically mean defense – how easily they conceded.
Their second Group E match takes place in St. Petersburg this afternoon against Costa Rica and they have a chance to put things right after Matchday One. A chance they can’t afford to pass up.
Nigeria and Iceland have it all to play for
With Croatia cruising and Argentina in big trouble, Nigeria and Iceland have it all to play for in Volgograd. Both sides were underdogs heading into the tournament but a good result could boost their chances of progression considerably.
Iceland captured everybody’s hearts again with a brilliant defensive display on against Argentina but they didn’t finish top in qualifying by luck. They’re a good side who will look to attack this shaky Nigeria backline.
Alternatively, the Super Eagles are stacked with young talent and will be playing for pride after their lackluster opening defeat. It’s poised beautifully.
Two heavyweights collide
Hear us out. Serbia taking on Switzerland may not be the mouthwatering clash you want at a World Cup but we’re looking forward to two big, physical sides battering each other for 90 minutes.
Serbia boasts the likes of Branislav Ivanović, Nemanja Matić, Sergej Milinković-Savić and Aleksandar Mitrović, while Switzerland retaliates with Granit Xhaka, Valon Behrami, and Haris Seferovic.
We’re not reducing these sides purely down to their physical attributes, but when Matić is talking about a “hellish battle”, we’ve got a feeling things could kick off.