On Wednesday, Group F and E of World Cup 2018 reach their third game, with much still be decided in both groups. Here is what is happening on an action-packed schedule at Russia 2018:
South Korea v Germany (Kick-off 3 PM)
South Korea have suffered defeat in both of their Group F games so far. However, the Asian team still technically have a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages. A big win against Germany and a Mexico win over Sweden would see the Asian nation qualify in second place. Those scenarios seem highly unlikely, though.
Germany will qualify if they better Sweden’s victory result against Mexico, as the two teams goal difference is level. A late 2-1 win over Sweden last time out gave the world champions the chance to head through into the knockout stages.
Die Mannschaft will fancy their chances of making it through to the last 16, as the world champions have a never-say-die attitude.
Mexico v Sweden (Kick-off 3 PM)
Mexico heads into this clash knowing that they need just a draw will ensure qualification and to top the group. El Tri have won both their games in the group so far against Germany and Mexico. However, if they lose heavily and Germany beat South Korea they could suffer elimination from the competition.
That scenario seems unlikely, and El Tri will be confident of making the last 16 for the previous six World Cups. Mexico could rotate their starting line-up for this clash after all-but securing their last-16 spot.
Sweden were highly unfortunate to suffer a stoppage-time defeat against Germany last time out. However, despite the loss, the Scandinavians could still qualify with a win or a draw, depending on the result in the other game’s result.
Serbia v Brazil (Kick-off 7 PM)
Serbia started their Group E campaign with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica, only to suffer a 2-1 defeat against Switzerland last time out. The loss meant that Serbia have to win this game to ensure qualification.
However, the unlikely scenario of Switzerland losing to Costa Rica in the other game could mean a draw may be enough to see the Serbians through to the last 16.
Brazil headed into the World cup as favourites to top the group and win the competition. The Selecao have picked up four points from their first two group games so far. However, Tite’s side needed two stoppage-time goals to beat Costa Rica last time out.
A draw would be enough to seal qualification for Neymar and co. However, they need to better Switzerland result in the other game to ensure a top spot finish.
Switzerland v Costa Rica (Kick-off 7 PM)
Switzerland are currently second in the Group E after that late victory over Serbia last time out.
The win means that a draw could be enough to seal qualification, depending on the result of the other game of course. A defeat here and a draw in the other match would mean elimination for the Swiss. To top the group Vladimir Petkovic’s side need to better Brazil’s result in the other game.
Costa Rica have already suffered elimination from World Cup 2018, having suffered defeats against Serbia and Brazil. The Central American country has yet to score at Russia 2018.
However, they have looked hard to beat in their group games. Oscar Ramirez’s side are likely to defend deep and hope to hit their European opponents on the break. A record of eight wins in their last ten outings does not suggest that they are likely to cause an upset in this clash.
Who will pick up crucial wins on Wednesday?