World Cup Watch: The Top Games for the Week of June 19

Fans watch the England vs Italy match at The Isle of Wight Festival at Seaclose Park on June 14, 2014 in Newport, Isle of Wight.
Fans watch the England vs Italy match at The Isle of Wight Festival at Seaclose Park on June 14, 2014 in Newport, Isle of Wight. Ben A. Pruchnie / Getty Images

World Cup 2014’s first week has come to a close, but not without some exciting twists: Spain and Portugal were blown out, Costa Rica pulled the upset, the Swiss stole three points in stoppage time, and American John Brooks saved the day with a late header. Luckily there’s a lot more action to come. Once again, we’ve selected the one game a day you just can’t miss. Remember that you can catch all the action live on ESPN channels and

Uruguay vs. England
When: 3 p.m. ET
Why: With both Uruguay and England losing their first games to Costa Rica and Italy respectively, these two squads will be out for blood as they look to take any points they can get to stay alive in one of the more competitive groups.
Prediction: Uruguay 1, England 1

FRIDAY, June 20
Italy vs. Costa Rica
When: 12 p.m. ET
Why: This game was an afterthought for Italy until the No. 28 ranked Ticos stunned No. 7 Uruguay 3-0 in the first game. Now it seems anything can happen. The winner of this match will more than likely secure a spot into the knockout stage.
Prediction: Italy 2, Costa Rica 1

Germany vs. Ghana
When: 3 p.m. ET
Why: Germany’s 4-0 demolishing of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal proved why the No. 2 ranked team is once again a favorite in the World Cup. A win here over Ghana would effectively eliminate the African nation from the tournament, giving The Yanks a great shot at sneaking their way out of the dreaded Group of Death.
Prediction: Germany 2, Ghana 0

SUNDAY, June 22

United States vs. Portugal
When: 6 p.m. ET
Why: With Portugal reeling from their thrashing at Germany’s hands (read: feet), and with Team USA confident after a thrilling 2-1 victory over Ghana, the Americans will be looking to take advantage of a distraught Portuguese side, which will be without starting defender Pepe after he received a one-match ban for head-butting Germany’s Thomas Müller in their opening game.
Prediction: United States 1, Portugal 1

MONDAY, June 23
Netherlands vs. Chile
When: 12 p.m. ET
Why: The two top teams in Group B will go head-to-head in an effort to keep the reigning champions from Spain at bay. The Netherlands will be riding high following their 5-1 dismantling of the Spaniards, but Chile could surprise everyone, and all but lock up a spot in the next round, with a win in São Paulo.
Prediction: Netherlands 2, Chile 1

TUESDAY, June 24
Italy vs. Uruguay
When: 12 p.m. ET
Why: With both Italy and Uruguay competing in one of the tougher groups, and with all four teams looking to make a push for the next round, this is a do-or-die game for both nations.
Prediction: Italy 1, Uruguay 1

Nigeria vs. Argentina
When: 12 p.m. ET
Why: Lionel Messi’s masterful goal against Bosnia and Herzegovina reminded us why it’s called the Beautiful Game. After accelerating past one defender, bodying another, and finally sidestepping a third, Leo calmly pinged the ball in off the left post. Look for another impressive display against a weak Nigerian side.
Prediction: Argentina 3, Nigeria 0

United States vs. Germany
When: 12 p.m. ET
Why: United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann will be out for revenge against his former team as the Americans aim to steal points from a German side they defeated in the Nation’s capitol last summer. America’s organized defending and lethal counterattack will offer the talented Germans their toughest game yet.
Prediction: Germany 2, United States 0

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