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World Cup 2014 - Day 2 Preview & Open Thread

Day 2 of the FIFA World Cup 2014 sees the culmination of round 1 of Group A games and the start of the first round of games in Group B.

Cameron Spencer

After a much talked about Day One, we switch our attentions to Day 2.

Group A - Mexico vs Cameroon

Where: Estadio das Dunas, Natal.

When: Friday June 13th, 12:00pm EST / 5:00pm BST

TV info: Live Soccer TV

The last time these two sides met the score finished 1-0 to Mexico. The teams this time round are pretty similar.

Team news:

Mexico (possible 4-4-2 formation)- Talavera, Moreno, Layun, Reyes, Salcido, Vazquez, Herrera, Giovani dos Santos, Guardado, Paulido, Jimenez.

It is thought that due to Javier Hernandez' lack of match practice he will be left on the subs bench. Not a bad sub to bring on, he is currently Mexico's 3rd top goalscorer of all time.

Cameroon ( Possible 4-4-2 formation)- Itandje, Assou-Ekotto, Djeuqoue, Nkoulou, Enoh, Mbia, Song, Moukandjo, Matip, Eto'o, Webo.

Whilst not many miss out in the Cameroon side, these two teams only just made it to this World Cup, for different reasons. Mexico were looking to maintain their 100% qualification record since 1990, and qualified through the playoffs, whilst on the other side the Cameroon players initially refused to board their plane, until an agreement over bonus payments was reached.

Everton interests: Samuel Eto'o features in the Cameroon side. The ageing striker has recently been linked with a move to Goodison Park.


Group B - Spain vs Netherlands

Where: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador.

When: Friday June 13th, 3:00pm EST / 8:00pm BST

TV info: Live Soccer TV

The last time these two team played each other was of course the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa. On that day the score finished 1-0 the the Spanish after a late extra time goal from Man of the Match Andres Iniesta. There was no love lost between the two sides, with a total of 13 yellow cards and one red to former Everton centre back John Heitinga handed out.

Team news:

Spain (Possible 4-3-3 formation) - Casillas, Jordi Alba, Ramos, Piqué, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Busquets, Xavi, David Silva, Costa, Iniesta.

Holland (Possible 3-4-1-2 formation) - Cillessen, Martins Indi, Vlaar, De Vrij, Blind, Clasie, De Jong, Janmaat, Sneijder, Van Persie, Robben.

Everton interests: In this particular game there are few interests, however Jordi Clasie of Holland is a transfer target of many Premier league clubs and has been linked to Goodison in the past. John Heitinga and Gerard Deulofeo don't make the squads respectively.


Group B -  Chile vs Australia

Where: Arena Pantanal, Cuiabà.

When: Friday June 13th, 6:00pm EST / 11:00pm BST

TV info: Live Soccer TV

These two teams have met 4 times in recent history and Australia have failed to win any of the fixtures. Chile are a few people's dark horse to do well in this years tournament. In the meetings between the sides Chile have scored 6 times with the Aussies only scoring once. Time for change?

Team News:

Chile (possible 3-4-3 formation)- Bravo, Jara, Medel, Gonzales, Isla, Vidal, Diaz, Beausejour, Sanchez, Vargas, Fernandez.

Australia ( possible 4-3-3 formation)- Ryan, Franjic, Spiranovic, McGowan, Davidson, Milligan, Jedinak, Bresciano, Halloran, Cahill, Oar.

Everton interests: Tim Cahill features in his 4th World Cup for his country and what could/should be his last. The Blue Socceroo has arguably had his best season to date in the MLS and will be looking to finish a good year with a good campaign with the Socceroos.