Seemingly battling for third place in Group A, Cameroon clashes with Croatia in the third and final live stream match on Wednesday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup schedule. According to an SBN report on June 17, opening kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Eastern Time (TV start time) on ESPN and free online on ESPN3 live stream.
Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, will host tonight’s finale between two countries desperately trying to get on the board. Croatia is coming off a 3-1 loss to Brazil, while Cameroon was stunned by Mexico by a final score of 1-0 in their openers.
With Brazil and Mexico knotted atop the Group A standings with 4 points apiece, these countries will need to play with a sense of urgency in what is likely their final attempt to climb back in the race. A win tonight would put either one of them right back in the mix, but a draw would practically make things impossible with one match to play.
For the Croatian side, a June 18 FIFA.com report details how Croatian star Mario Mandzukic is “eager” to face Cameroon after sitting out the opener due to a suspension. The Bayern Munich forward, who was an integral part of Croatia’s World Cup berth, was forced to be a spectator versus Brazil after being tagged with a red card against Iceland last November.
“It is every player’s dream to play at a world tournament. I’m eager to play, eager to prove myself together with my team,” Mandzukic told the tournament’s official website. “I hope that my first appearance at a World Cup will be marked with a positive outcome.”
If 2014 World Cup oddsmakers are on the money, Croatia should be able to make things interesting for Brazil and Mexico in the Group A standings. According to the latest soccer money lines, Croatia is listed as -140 favorites to defeat a Cameroon side with long betting odds of an upset at +400.
In addition to the game lines, oddsmakers believe that Croatia and Cameroon will combine and score an OVER/UNDER of 1½ goals. Finally, the soccer odds that there will be a draw in this live streaming/TV match finale are calculated at +275 odds.