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22nd Jun 2018

World Cup Day 9: Punditry line-ups, fixtures and everything you need to know

Having this much football every day is a blessing

Ben Kiely

There are some tasty World Cup fixtures to look forward to on day nine of the tournament.

Brazil vs Costa Rica will kick off proceedings in Group E at 1 pm before we turn our attention to the Group D clash between Nigeria and Iceland at 4 pm. An all-European Group E affair between Serbia and Switzerland will provide the evening kick-off at 7 pm.

ITV will be broadcasting the early kick-off between Brazil and Costa Rica from Saint Petersburg Stadium. Meanwhile, BBC One will be showing both evening games. Their coverage starts at 3:30 pm for the build-up to Nigeria vs Iceland at the Volgograd Arena.

Punditry lineup

ITV –  Mark Pougatch will present the early kick-off. Martin O’Neill, Roy Keane and Patrice Evra. Glenn Hoddle and Clyde Tyldesley will be in the booth.

BBC – Mark Chapman will lead proceedings in the 4 o’clock kick-off. Jermaine Jenas, Danny Murphy and Didier Drogba will provide the analysis while the commentary team will be Guy Mowbray and Martin Keown.

Gary Lineker will be back in the studio for Switzerland vs Serbia. He will be joined by Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Pablo Zabaleta. The commentators for the game will be Simon Brotherton and Kevin Kilbane.

Group standings (prior to kick-off)

World Cup fixtures

World Cup fixtures

Top goalscorers (prior to kick-off)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 4
Denis Cheryshev (Russia) 3
Diego Costa (Spain) 3
Artem Dzyuba (Russia) 2
Mile Jedinak (Australia) 2
Harry Kane (England) 2
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) 2
Luka Modric (Croatia) 2