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World Cup 2014 Open Thread: Groups D & C to settle

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Costa Rica v England, Italy v Uruguay, Greece v Ivory Coast, Japan v Colombia

Italy fan not really happy
Italy fan not really happy
Claudio Villa

Round three match days can be complicated. There's a lot of scenarios as to who can win and who can lose and all of that. And there are two matches on TV at the same time. Today's choices are easy.

9 AM

One of Italy or Uruguay is going home at the end of this game. So you will watch it on ESPN. There's a chance that the winner of this one takes first in Group D and so they don't feel like the World Cup is a failure. But for one of these two powers will be going home today. Preview.

The other game (ESPN2) features surprise CONCACAF stars Costa Rica against England. There are more MLS players here, there is regional pride, but do you really want to watch England? It's the English most important meaningless game ever.

1 PM

Remember when you were angry that Colombia didn't bring Fredy? They've done OK without him. Japan was Asia's best chance at advancing and this is a must win for them. As you would expect ESPN has the better match again.Preview.

ESPN2 has Greece. Which is a shame, because Ivory Coast and Drogba are fun to watch. But Greece.

Let's review the success of the Coffee Quality Index to this point. The premise is simple the nation with the higher quality green coffee will win. Ignore matches for nations that have no green coffee of note.

Nations with better (or even just having native coffee) are 13-7-3 +10. So using the CQI your picks are Uruguay, Costa Rica, Colombia and Ivory Coast.