What Fifa World Cup games can I watch today? Brazil v Costa Rica, Nigeria v Iceland and Serbia v Switzerland live from Russia
Brazil look to get their first win, Iceland dream of the knockouts and an all-Uefa affair promises no punches pulled
If ever a night captured the essence of the World Cup then it might be Friday.
In the mix for the three games are the greatest nation in World Cup history, a fan favourite from the last tournament and maybe everyone’s pick for the underdog they are backing this time out.
There is also the best (or worst) kit in world football and two European nations that are punching well above their weight. Oh, and the games all matter with the round of 16 on the horizon.
First up and probably the one for the neutrals among you is Brazil v Costa Rica. The five-time champions started brightly against Switzerland but were bullied into a draw, plus Neymar limped out of training in the build-up to this game.
The positive is that Costa Rica were pretty poor against Serbia so maybe Brazil can get back on track – with or without their talisman.
The odds are ever in their favour: $1.2 the boys from Brazil, $19 the Serbia win and $7 the draw.
All the action from Saint Petersburg is on Viu TV (channel 99) and Now TV’s World Cup channels (618 and 619) from 8pm.
Nigeria did not catch the eye against Croatia and not just because they wore their understated away kit. The Super Eagles were far from super and need to sort it out against Iceland.
The problem is that the debutants took a point off Argentina and will fancy their chances of reaching the knockout rounds.
The bookmakers agree on the excitement. Iceland are slight favourites ($2.7) ahead of Nigeria ($2.9) and the draw is $3.2.
This is easily the closest-priced game so far and not to be missed. Action from Volgograd kicks off at 11pm only on Now TV.
And last of all, when you should be in bed but it’s the World Cup and a day off when you finally do get up, comes Switzerland v Serbia.
A win for Serbia puts them top of group E but Switzerland will be buoyed after taking a point off Brazil.
Expect a tight, physical game. Serbia and the draw are paying $3 while the Swiss are slight favourites at $2.6. Don’t miss a kick from 2am on Now TV.