Group F stragglers Germany must break down Sweden's defence in Sochi while Mexico will look to avoid complacency against South Korea. In Group G Belgium's flair faces the physical test of Tunisia.
Germany look to get their World Cup campaign back on track against Sweden on Saturday amid calls from one their own players that an attitude problem led to their defeat against Mexico.
“We're not talking about two players in and two players out,” midfielder Sami Khedira said. “If we play with the same attitude as we did against Mexico, then nothing will change.”
The Juventus player was speaking ahead of the World Cup Group F match with Sweden at Sochi's Fisht Stadium. Khedira is one of the players many critics want taken out of the line-up in favour of Ilkay Guendogan. Marco Reus for Mesut Oezil would be another popular swap.
Sweden will not make life easy. The fear for Germany is that they will defend deep and in numbers having won their first game against South Korea thanks to a goal from captain Andreas Granqvist. “I think the Germans will have more possession and dominate attack. We will have to defend a lot,” Granqvist said.
“We will have to be very disciplined and defend as a team as we did during qualifications against Italy and France.” Mexico are still on a high after beating Germany in their opening game and now face South Korea in Rostov.
Coach Juan Carlos Osorio will hope for more of the same from Hirving Lozano whose goal beat Germany. He will also be looking for Javier Hernandez to get off the mark in this tournament.
Hernandez – already Mexico's all-time top scorer – is one goal short of 50 international strikes. In Saturday's other fixture there will be a clash of styles in Moscow when the power of Tunisia meets the pretty passing game of Belgium.
“They have a lot of bravery and they're very dynamic,” said Belgium coach Roberto Martinez of his Group G rivals. “Their players have a good understanding and they counter-attack with energy and intensity. They play direct, efficient football.”
Tunisia must pick themselves up from the disappointment of losing their opening game to England in the last minute. “We lost a battle, but not the war,” Tunisian forward Fakhreddine Ben Youssef tweeted after that late set-back.