WORLD CUP OPEN THREAD, DAY 8: Who Hates Slovenia? We Hates Slovenia!

Time to do this. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

6:30 A.M. (ESPN): Germany vs. Serbia, in Group D. Germany had one of the finest performances of the first round of games, while Serbia had one of the poorest.  That said, Serbia has talent and should be better, on both the attack and in defense, than the toothless Australia side that Germany battered.  Serbia will also be desperate to get a result, since a loss could see them eliminated.  On the other hand, Germany looked absolutely wunderbar in their debut here -- hard to bet against them.

9 A.M. (ESPN): United States vs. Slovenia, in Group C.  It may not be a "must win game" in the truest sense of the word (a draw would still leave the U.S. in a manageable spot, although they'd need to beat Algeria and hope England knocked off Slovenia in the final group stage games), but let's be honest: anything less than a win would be a pretty big disappointment.  With three points from their opening win over Algeria, Slovenia has the ability to sit back, defend, and play for a draw, so it will be incumbent on the U.S. to get forward and break them down -- something they've struggled to do in past World Cups.

1:30 P.M. (ESPN): England vs. Algeria, in Group C.  Algeria was godawful in their first game.  England threatened but couldn't get much past Timmy Howard. Algeria doesn't have Timmy Howard in goal.  Uh-oh.  There have been odd results at this World Cup -- Switzerland beating Spain, North Korea holding Brazil in check for nearly 2/3 of the match -- but those surprise teams had the advantage of rock-solid defending and incredible discipline and organization.  You probably won't hear those words used to describe Algeria much.

Anyhoo, usual rules of game threads apply: no porn, no discussion of piracy; if you can't watch the game on TV, there are legal online streams at ESPN3.com. Beyond that, the topic is verboten. BONUS QUESTION: Give your score predictions and man of the match guesses for USA-Slovenia.

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