When and where: The men's Olympic football preliminary round match between Great Britain and the United Arab Emirates kicks-off from Wembley at 2.45 p.m. ET. Coverage will be provided by MSNBC, with a live stream available on NBCOlympics.com. Viewers in the U.K. can watch a live stream through the BBC Sport website.
Preview: After a disappointing opening draw against Senegal, Great Britain return to action against the United Arab Emirates desperately needing three points to keep their chances alive of qualifying for the quarterfinals.
Despite taking a first-half lead against the Senegalese, Stuart Pearce's side were unable to capitalize on their advantage and succumbed to a fully-merited late equalizer. Having played just two games together as a unit there was still very much a sense of the players striving for cohesion. Not to mention an identity. The same could be said for the supporters who, despite their impressive numbers, produced a strangely subdued atmosphere at Old Trafford. On the team's first appearance at Wembley, the British team will be hoping for more fervent support.
As well as Senegal played to come back into their opening contest, their play was also marked by some striking over physicality. Two particularly robust challenges left Craig Bellamy and Joe Allen with knocks and both may miss out against the UAE. Pearce admitted that changes are likely to be made as the tournament progresses.
"You never finish a tournament with the same side you started with," he said, according to the Independent.
Although GB received a lack of protection from the officials against Senegal, the UAE's assistant manager expounded fears that the referee could swing their encounter in the home side's favor.
"We are not afraid of the British team, but the one thing we are maybe afraid of is that the referee is going with the host team," Hassan Alabdooli said, according to ESPN.
"We will pray that the referee is neutral. The referee in the Uruguay game maybe cared too much for Luis Suarez and he didn't have any mind for our players because he thought maybe we were weak.
"Tomorrow we hope the referee will not be influenced by the crowd and everything around him."
While there were complaints about the officials in their match against Uruguay, the coaching staff could have little criticism of their players. Against one of the tournament's strongest sides, the UAE took a shock lead and, despite eventually falling to a 2-1 defeat, more than held their own. Certainly GB cannot afford to take the UAE lightly if they are to avoid likely needing a victory against Uruguay in the final round of Group A play.
Prediction: They may have started positively against Senegal, but Britain still look a team a long way short of being able to contest for medals. Pearce also appears some way from knowing his best 11. Although he missed a good late chance, Marvin Sordell offered a focal point up front when he came on and may get a start. Daniel Sturridge should also benefit from getting more minutes under his belt after suffering from meningitis. Expect another unspectacular performance, but this time Britain should just hang on for a narrow victory.
Great Britain 1-0 UAE