World Cup 2014: Day Four - open thread

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

There are a couple of United players in action on day four of the 2014 World Cup.

World Cup here, World Cup there, World Cup everywhere. Let day four of the fun commence ...

Today's games

Switzerland vs. Ecuador, Brasília, 12:00 ET/17:00 UK

Heading into this tournament there were so many 'dark horses' you could've been forgiven for thinking supporters were planning a day at the races rather than a World Cup. One such steed is Ottmar Hitzfeld's Switzerland, who, armed with Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka, head in with a good opportunity to do some serious damage. Antonio Valencia's Ecuador will be trying to stop them, fresh from his failed attempt to tear Raheem Sterling's head off in their preparation friendly against England.

France vs. Honduras, Porto Alegre, 15:00 ET/20:00 UK

If you haven't managed to catch any of France's pre-World Cup friendlies, here's something of which you may not be aware: they are very, very good. Not even the absence of Franck Ribéry has reduced their chances too much, with his likely replacement Antoine Griezmann having looked in such hot form coming into the tournament. Didier Deschamps' midfield trio is as strong as anyone's, and minnows Honduras should feel the full force of Paul Pogba and co. ... *sob* ...

Argentina vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Rio De Janeiro, 18:00 ET/23:00 UK

Argentina are a funny team, whose major tournament whole is never greater than the sum of its individual parts. A team with Gonzalo Higuaín, Sergio Agüero, Ángel di María and Lionel Messi should run riot against the only World Cup debutants in Brazil, but Edin Džeko and one-time Manchester United target Miralem Pjanić could certainly capitalise on their porous defence.

Today's United connections

There are a couple of current United players in action today, with His Royal Highness Patrice Evra set to start at left-back for France, and Antonio Valencia over on the right for Ecuador. Evra's teammate Paul Pogba will also be in action, no doubt keen to make Sir Alex Ferguson look even more ridiculous for letting him go to Juventus on a free transfer -- the same team now quoting us £60 million for their prize midfield asset.

Other stuff

If you like your previews tactical, check out our very own Callum Hamilton on Switzerland vs. Ecuador, and this writer on Argentina vs. Bosnia. There's also a piece by SB Nation's Kirsten Schlewitz on a possible Argentina tactical switch perhaps inspired Louis van Gaal. For much more coverage, take a wander in the general direction of SB Nation Dot Com. The fresh air will do you good.

How do I watch?

In the UK, catch the first game of the day on ITV, before heading over to BBC for games two and three. Both sites offer live streaming online.

In the US, everything's on ESPN (and streamable via Watch ESPN and Univision En Vivo), and in Canada on CBC. Anywhere else, have a look on LiveSoccerTV.

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