How to watch: 8 a.m. Eastern. FS1, Telemundo, Peacock (free). Matchups: Few people in England were intimidated by the group stage draw; the abiding sentiment ran that Gareth Southgate’s team should make short of at least two of its opponents, starting with Iran. It is a fact that Iran, like Wales and the United States, is ranked by FIFA as one of the best 20 teams in the world; likewise that it led by a canny — if deeply cautious — coach and Two players were involved in the garlands, in Mehdi Taremi and Sardar Azmoun of Champions League quality has yet to register. You can expect that. to Once the game begins, things can change. — RORY SMITH

How to watch: 11 a.m. Eastern. Fox, Telemundo, Peacock (free). Matchups: The African champion could have been the most interesting fixture on the group stage. and Perhaps the strongest team sent by Africa. to You can find more information at World Cup for 12 years, against one of Europe’s more volatile powers. The loss of Sadio Mané, the Bayern Munich forward, tilts the balance a little in favor of the Dutch, but Senegal still has a squad sufficiently full of high-caliber talent to test Louis van Gaal’s team’s mettle. — RORY SMITH

How to watch: 2 p.m. Eastern. Fox, Telemundo, Peacock (free). Matchups: Monday night is the first national television game in America. World Cup Eight year old match against Wales team. World Cup Match since 1958

With a team of promising but unproven players, the Americans are second in this tournament, behind only Ghana. and midfielders Tyler Adams and Yunus Musah.

Wales has a team with significant tournament experience. to Euro 2016 semifinals and to The Round of 16, in Euro 2020, which was played in 2021 as a result of the pandemic. They are led by Gareth Bale (a legend forward at the tail-end of his career).

Both teams would love to have each other. to All three points can be claimed if they have met. to Be against EnglandThe top team in the group. The two teams will still have to Determine how many risk they are willing to accept to Consider taking a step back, as a lack of points in the opener could seriously impact your chances of getting into group play. — ANDREW KEH