World Cup 2014: Day seven preview - Can Spain bounce back?


It is match day seven at the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Here is the preview of the three matches.

BELGIUM'S Dries Mertens proved to be hero for the Red Devils today after the Napoli winger scored the winning goal to beat Algeria while Guillermo Ochoa saved Mexico when he single handedly stopped Brazil from winning the game.

Today, reigning champions Spain will look to bounce back from their 5-1 defeat against Netherlands last week. They will face Chile at the Maracana Stadium. Croatia will face Cameroon in group A while Netherlands will look to continue their winning ways by beating Australia today.

So what can we expect?

Chile vs Spain

Will the Maracana see the resurgence of Spain in this game? I'm expecting a complete overhaul from Vicente Del Bosque for this game.

The likes of Xavi, Gerrard Pique, Iker Casillas and Xabi Alonso might lose their starting spots for today's game. Expect Pepe Reina, Javi Martinez, Santi Cazorla and David Villa to start this match.

They might also change their tactics. Having seen their 'Tiki-Taka' unravelled by Netherlands last week, Del Bosque might opt for a newer approach and catch their opponents off-guard.

Jorge Sampaoli will stick with his current line-up and will hope to see Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal come good against the Spaniards.

Sanchez and Vidal might be the stars but I see Jorge Valdivia being one of the unsung heroes for Chile. The 30-year-old Palmeiras playmaker was impressive against Australia scored a thumping goal in their 3-1 win. His creativity will be key to unlock Spain's defence.

The battle will be in midfield and based on form, Chile has the upper hand. However, Spain need to win this game and they will go all out to get it. 

My prediction is 2-1 to Spain.

Croatia vs Cameroon

Niko Kovac was livid with the standard of officiating and said that if this continues, Croatia should instead play basketball. Hopefully, today's game against Cameroon will not be marred by refereeing gaffes.

For this tie, I'm seeing a victory for Croatia. Simple...Tactically, they are one of the best sides in the group and they could have shocked Brazil if the penalty was not given.

Luka Modric and new Barcelona signing Ivan Rakitic will run the show in midfield and the return of Mario Mandzukic will galvanise the Croatians.

The loss of Samuel Eto'o to injury is a big blow for Volker Finke as he will lose a vocal voice in the pitch. Vincent Aboubakar looks set to take over his place.

Alexandre Song will have to be at his best for this game but i don't see Cameroon getting past Croatia. Croatia to win this game 2-0.

Netherlands vs Australia

Another thrashing on the cards? Maybe but never take anything away from the Australians. Against Chile, they impressed with their hardwork and determination and I'm expecting them to do the same against the Oranjes.

Right after their victory against Spain, the number of Holland fans escalated and hopefully, that effect will spur the players to go far in this tournament.

Australia will surely find it hard to contain The Netherlands’ firepower with Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben having scored two goals each already.

Mile Jedinak will be the keyman for Australia and you might see him in his own box rather than the opposition box to counter the Dutch threat.

It's going to be a one-sided affair and Netherlands will stroll through this 3-0.

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