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England vs. Uruguay [WATCH World Cup 2014 Live Stream Free] Match Preview, TV Schedule & Predictions

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After only one game there is already a sense of desperation for both England and Uruguay, both of whom lost their openers in group play. They now find themselves in an uphill battle in order to reach the knockout round. The teams will meet Thursday, in what is certainly a must-win match if either club hopes to survive and claim one of Group D's top spots.

When: Thursday, June 19, 2014

Where: Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo

Kick-off: 3 p.m. ET/4 p.m. BST

Live Stream: ESPN Player, BBC iPlayer

TV: ESPN

According to Yahoo! Sports, each club will be counting on their respective "unpredictable" strikers, Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney, in order to keep each clubs' tournament hopes alive.

Suarez is still recovering from knee surgery and watched Uruguay lose to Costa Rica in its opener from the bench. He has now announced he is ready to play despite the recovery, and is expected to take the pitch on Thursday.

Rooney is also looking to prove himself against his critics by "finally scoring at the pinnacle of international football," says Yahoo!.

If either club is to move forward, it must start on Thursday, and that will require production from their star forwards.

Keys to the Game

Uruguay's Keeper - Fernando Muslera gave up three goals in the opener to Costa Rica, and while Campbell's goal was simply brilliant, Muslera looked shaky on the other two goals.

Per the Telegraph, Look for England to attack him as much as possible in hopes he again folds. Muslera was particularly uninspiring on set pieces last match where he on two occasions didn't even make contact with Costa Rica's attempts.

The Backline - Raheem Sterling will look to press the issue against Diego Lugano and Diego Godin, both of whom looked gassed in the opener. Given that both Diegos struggled to contain Costa Rica's Campbell, Sterling's abilities should also give them fits.

The Left Side - Uruguay will be without their best defender Thursday thanks to a red card in the final minutes of Saturday's loss to Costa Rica. Maxi Perreira's kick on Campbell could prove costly as England can now capitalize in his absence. Look for Danny Welbeck to move over and attack on the left.

Predictions

With Suarez' status uncertain and Uruguay's back line suspect, England will bounce back from their loss to Italy with a victory here.

Rooney's play-making ability should be on full display, as he is surrounded by Welbeck, Sturridge and Sterling.

Though Uruguay is just as desperate as their opponent, England simply has the slightly better lineup, and that should be the difference.

England over Uruguay: 0-2

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