Coming off wins in their respective opening (Group A) games, Mexico and Brazil collide in the premier Day 6 matchups of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as ESPN (TV/online) and Univision (en vivo) will handle TV and live stream duties. As reported by FIFA.com on June 17, Estádio Governador Placido Aderaldo Castelão in Fortaleza, Brazil, will be the site for this Clasico between a team favored to win it all, versus one that’s not even supposed to be here.
Opening kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. EST (2 p.m. CST/1 p.m. MST/12 p.m. PST) and it will be broadcast nationally on ESPN (DirecTV channel 206) and Univision (Español en vivo). On TV, ESPN and Univision’s coverage gets underway 30 minutes before kickoff, with pre-game highlights and analysis from English and Spanish experts.
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Given the large presence of Brazilians and Mexicans in the greater Miami community, one is pleased to report that ESPN’s family of networks has gone above and beyond to make the 2014 World Cup viewing experience a unique one. Beginning at 1 p.m. EST, Brazilian and Mexican soccer fans can watch ESPN3’s extensive pre-game live stream feed free of charge (No subscription required).
It’s worth noting that the televised and online experiences vary significantly this year, with the latter consisting of many more live stream viewing/audio options. Once the national TV (ESPN and Univision) broadcasts of Mexico vs. Brazil gets underway at 2:30 p.m. EST (TV start time) and 2:55 p.m. EST (kickoff), ESPN3 feeds will go as follows: Brazil vs. Mexico (Group A) (2014 FIFA World Cup) match, highlight reel stream, Portuguese audio stream, Tactical Cam feed, Em Português em ESPN-Deportes (en vivo), and concluding with the post-match show at 5 p.m. EST.
As far as what soccer fans around the world can expect to see when these bitter rivals meet between the lines, a June 17 FIFA report does a great job of breaking down the latest chapter of this Clasico. It is reported that this will be the 39th time that Brazil and Mexico have crossed paths, with the South American side winning 22 of those encounters.
And while this is one of the best soccer rivalries for Latino fans, head-to-head statistics in World Cup play tell a very compelling story. Not only does Brazil come in undefeated in their previous encounters (three), but they’ve also done it in dominant fashion, with a combined goal-differential of 11-0.
It comes as no surprise that 2014 FIFA World Cup oddsmakers favor history in the 39th clash between these countries. Moments removed from TV/live stream kickoff, Brazil is a -300 favorite against Mexico, who’s in turn a +750 underdog. Meanwhile the odds of a draw stand at +450 and the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 3 goals this evening.