2014 World Cup: Previewing Sundays Knockout Round Games
Day two of the 2014 World Cup’s knockout round gets rolling at 12:00 PM Eastern with an intense match between the Netherlands team and Mexico. That’s not to be completely outdone by another tough contest between Costa Rica and Greece.
The second round of the World Cup isn’t quite as jam-packed as the grouping round, but it’s much more intense. Everything is laid on the line, as each team faces the potential end to their World Cup dreams with one loss.
To see what we can expect to happen and who we can expect to move on, let’s break down and pick both matchups:
Netherlands vs. Mexico
Mexico is no cakewalk here, despite the Netherlands coming out strong in their first round grouping and looking like a strong favorite to make a deep World Cup run. That is thanks largely to their active and prolific offense, as they’ve dropped a whopping 10 goals on their opponents thus far, earning a clean 3-0 sweep to get things rolling.
Mexico has been equally impressive, though, as they have two wins under their belt, with their only non-win being a hard-earned 0-0 draw with arguably the best team in the entire tournament – Brazil.
There’s no doubt Mexico is going to put the clamps down defensively and give the Netherlands squad a run for their money, but it’s hard to see an upset when you consider how balanced the Netherlands team is.
Pick: Netherlands, 3-2
Costa Rica vs. Greece
Another clear favorite in the knockout round is Costa Rica, especially against Greece in the first game of the single elimination bracket. Costa Rica had little trouble working their way through the first round, as their only non-win was a well contested draw with England. Greece, on the other hand, got dominated in a 3-0 loss to a good Colombia team and also had a draw with Japan.
Costa Rica is arguably the more battle tested team and has looked better through the first three matches. They also appear to have the edge defensively, so should be the odds on favorites to move on out of this matchup.
Pick: Costa Rica, 2-1
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