[PREDICTIONS] All eight teams in Groups C and D remain in contention for berths in the second round. Slovenia and Ghana lead their respective groups but face stern tests against traditional powers England and Germany. For a look at Wednesday's four games and Soccer America's predictions ...
USA (2 pts. 3-3) vs. ALGERIA (1 pt. 0-1)
June 23 in Pretoria
Kickoff:10 a.m. ET.Television: ESPN/Univision.
Referee:Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium).
Suspensions: USA -- Findley.
Paul Kennedy: USA 2-1
Ridge Mahoney:USA 2-1
Mike Woitalla:USA 2-1
SLOVENIA (4 pts. 3-2) vs. ENGLAND (2 pts. 1-2)
June 23 in Port Elizabeth
Kickoff:10 a.m. ET.Television: ESPN2/TeleFutura.
Referee:Wolfgang Stark (Germany).
Suspensions: England -- Carragher.
Paul Kennedy: Tie 1-1
Ridge Mahoney:England 2-0
Mike Woitalla:Slovenia 2-0
THE LOWDOWN:Slovenia needs only a tie to advance. A tie in the Slovenia-England game would mean a USA-Algeria tie would probably put the Americans through to the second round.
GERMANY (3 pts., 4-1) vs. GHANA (4 pts., 2-1)
June 23 in Johannesburg
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET.Television: ESPN/Univision.
Referee:Carlos Simon (Brazil).
Suspensions: Germany -- Klose.
Paul Kennedy: Germany 2-0
Ridge Mahoney:Germany 2-1
Mike Woitalla:Germany 3-1
SERBIA (3 pts. 1-1) vs. AUSTRALIA (1 pt., 0-1)
June 23 in Nelspruit
Kickoff:2:30 p.m. ET.Television: ESPN2/TeleFutura.
Referee:Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay).
Suspensions: Australia -- Kewell.
Paul Kennedy: Serbia 2-1.
Ridge Mahoney:Serbia 2-0
Mike Woitalla:Serbia 2-0
THE LOWDOWN:Germany, which has never been eliminated from the World Cup in the group stage, faces the prospect of having to beat first-place Ghana to be assured of advancing to the second round.