Got a bit of an abridged edition today as things got thrown for a loop for us this morning.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Iran||F||Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador||6 p.m./ noon|
|Nigeria vs. Argentinia||F||Estádio beira-Rio, Porto Alegre||6 p.m./ noon|
|Ecuador vs. France||E||Maracana, Rio De Janeiro||10 p.m./ 4 p.m.|
|Honduras vs. Switzerland||E||Arena Amazonia, Manaus||10 p.m./ 4 p.m.|
Any Napoli players involved?
The Argentine and Swiss groups are in action today, with Gonzalo Higuain and Federico Fernandez starting for Argentina. Don't be shocked if Switzerland drops Valon Behrami against Honduras, but that's not a locked-on guarantee that Blerim Dzemaili starts.
How, exactly, can these teams advance?
Argentina are through in Group F, and secure the top spot in the group with a win or draw. Nigeria secures advancement with a win or draw, and a win gives them the first seed out of the group. In order for Iran to advance, they have to win and have Nigeria lose, and a thorough beating of Nigeria by Argentina would help too.
In Group E, things are a bit more open. France advance with a win or draw, and secure the top spot in the group by doing so. If Ecuador win, they're almost certain to advance unless Switzerland overturn their goal differential advantage. If the Swiss win and Ecuador lose or draw, they're through. Honduras can advance if they beat Switzerland by at least three goals and Ecuador lose by at least three, but that's unlikely.
How do I watch these games?
In Italy? You're on SkyGO or Sky Mondiale. In the US it's ESPN and ESPN2 in English and Univision in Spanish, and both have online streaming platforms, while Canadians friends have CBC and the CBC Sports player. In the UK you can watch ITV1 and ITV4 for the morning matches, and BBC1 and BBC3 for the evening set., or use the ITV or BBC players online. If you live elsewhere, check LiveSoccerTV for listings in your country.