world cup matchday 4 preview

11:00    17 Jun 2018

Brazil's Neymar (C) attends a training session
The 2018 FIFA World Cup matchday four will see three matches taking place across Russia with two Group E games taking place, while one Group F encounter is scheduled to be played. Kick-off times are in Central Africa Time (CAT).

The first game of the day will be between Central American side Costa Rica and European team Serbia in a Group E match at the Samara Arena in Samara which is the sixth largest city in Russia. Kick-off is at 14h00. Nicknamed the Ticos, Costa Rica will be keen to start their group stage campaign with a victory against Serbia’s Eagles, who boast some of the meanest defenders in world football.

The Ticos will look to their accomplished goalkeeper Keylor Navas of Real Madrid and inspirational captain Bryan Ruiz, who is on the books of Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon. On the other hand, Zenit St Petersburg’s experienced central defender Branislav Ivanovic and AS Roma’s exciting defender-cum-midfielder Aleksander Kolarov are the Eagles’ key players.

A Group F game between European giants Germany and Central American side Mexico will then take centre stage at the Luzhniki Stadium in Russia’s capital city, Moscow. Kick-off is at 17h00. Germany will be hoping to start their World Cup title defence with a victory against Mexico’s Tricolor.

Nicknamed Die Mannschaft, Germany are expected to unleash free-scoring striker Timo Werner of RB Leipzig, while Arsenal FC playmarker Mesut Ozil remains a key player for Joachim Low’s side. Espanyol’s influential midfielder Andres Guardado and West Ham United’s prolific striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez are the players to watch out for in the Tricolor team.

The last match of the day will feature South American giants Brazil and European side Switzerland at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don. Kick-off is at 20h00. Brazil, who have won record five World Cup titles, will be eyeing a winning start to the tournament against Switzerland’s La Nati.

Affectionately known as Canarinho, Brazil will once again bank on Paris Saint Germain (PSG)’s world class forward Neymar and Real Madrid’s influential full-back Marcelo. For La Nati, Stoke City’s speedy forward and Arsenal FC midfield maestro Granit Xhaka will look to play an important role in helping their nation stun a much-fancied Brazil side.

Matchday 4, Sunday 17 June – Fixtures

Group E - Costa Rica v Serbia – Samara Arena, Samara, 14h00 CAT

Group F - Germany v Mexico – Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, 17h00 CAT

Group E – Brazil v Switzerland – Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, 20h00 CAT

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