Here's today's preview/match thread/discussion post on Brazil 2014. Enjoy the matches!
12 noon ET: Netherlands vs. Mexico, Round of 16, match #3.
Villarreal connections: Jonathan de Guzmán on the bench - maybe nursing the yellow card that will be reset if the Dutch advance. Javier Aquino in the far recesses of Miguel Herrera's mind. Giovani dos Santos starting!
Tournament situation: Could be the match of the round. Winner gets Costa Rica vs. Greece survivor - surely the easiest path to the semifinals of any true contender.
Prediction: Time for Mexico to put on its big boy pants. Upset in the making: 1-2.
4 pm ET: Costa Rica vs. Greece, Round of 16, match #4.
The Greek center backs have played quite well in this tournament. We need center backs. Just saying.
Tournament situation: Could be a snoozefest unless the ticos make something happen. They have the quality and verve, but the Greeks will try and take the air out of the ball until a set piece. Winner gets the Netherlands vs. Mexico survivor - wonder if fatigue will be factor.
Prediction: For football's sake, I hope Costa Rica wins. But I'm betting on the Greeks to go well beyond expectations in another big tournament. That country deserves some good news.