2018 World Cup Round of 16 Betting Predictions

Posted by Derrick Harper on June 29, 2018 in

The group stage of the 2018 World Cup has been (for lack of a better term) amazing! Hopefully, the best is yet to come. Let’s check out what’s ahead in the 2018 World Cup Round of 16 Betting action.

2018 World Cup Round of 16 Betting Predictions

Argentina vs France

Both of these teams were favorites heading into the tournament, but neither has been all that impressive heading into the knockout stage. France was at least able to get three positive results in the group stage, which is why they are a slight favorite at -133 in this matchup. Argentina, meanwhile, needed a late goal in their final game to avoid an early exit that would have been humiliating. At +243, you can’t count out the Argentines, as they could gain new life in the knockout stage after having barely survived the group stage.

Portugal vs Uruguay

For the most part, Portugal has been a one-man show behind Cristiano Ronaldo. Of course, it’s a pretty darn good one-man show, good enough to be listed at +198 in the Round of 16. They will face Uruguay, a team that has a world of confidence after winning all three of their group games, albeit against three fairly mundane opponents. The South American side also has a slight betting edge at +172, as well as two strikers in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani who are capable of scoring spectacular goals.

Russia vs Spain

The hosts got a rude awakening during their 3-0 loss to Uruguay to close out the group stage. Thus, they are listed at +541 to advance past Spain, the world champions once removed. The Spaniards didn’t have an easy time during the group stage, collecting one win and two draws while allowing five goals. However, they’ve answered some of the questions coming into the tournament about their ability to score goals, which is why they are sizable -170 favorites to knock off Russia in what amounts to a road game.

Denmark vs Croatia

Croatia may have been the most impressive team during the group stage. They won all three games in arguably the toughest group while scoring seven goals and giving up only one (that came on a penalty). Not surprisingly, they are heavy -116 favorites to knock off the Danes. Denmark advanced with just two goals scored in three games, so they are not exactly clicking offensively. Odds are, the first goal in this game will be the only game in what should be a defensive slugfest.

Brazil vs Mexico

Brazil has done a great job of growing into the tournament, showing signs of improvement in each of their three games. As a result, they are heavy -202 favorites to move past Mexico. Meanwhile, El Tri has serious concerns after losing 3-0 to Sweden in their final group game. If the Brazilians are crisp in their passing and movement, they have a chance to rip apart the Mexican defense, which is why Mexico is a steep underdog in this matchup at +619.

Sweden vs Switzerland

This matchup is as even as any in the Round of 16. The Swiss are slight favorites at +162 compared to Sweden at +210. Of course, Switzerland will be disappointed with their performance against Costa Rica and need to be better if they hope to advance. Sweden, meanwhile, is riding high after their 3-0 thrashing of Mexico. However, the Swedes have been at their best in this tournament playing on the counter. Against Switzerland, they may be tasked with breaking down a team that will sit deep and stays organized, which could provide a difficult matchup for them.

Belgium vs Japan

The Red Devils will be heavy favorites in this game over Samurai Blue. Japan escaped the group stage despite making several changes to their starting lineup, so they should be fresh and ready for the challenge.

Belgium is one of the 2018 World Cup Round of 16 Betting favorites.

However, Belgium also rotated their starting lineup knowing they had already advanced. Japan may need to kick it into another gear to keep up with Belgium; if we’ve already seen the best of Samurai Blue, they may not have enough to reach the quarterfinals.

England vs Colombia

The betting line on this game could depend on the health of Colombian star James Rodriguez. He left Thursday’s win over Senegal in the first half and the team appears concerned about him. If Rodriguez can’t play, it changes the equation in terms of Colombia being able to unlock an England back line that most see as vulnerable against top talent. Of course, England has looked dangerous going forward during the tournament, particularly on set pieces, so this could end up being a high-scoring game.