Sweden and Switzerland also do battle in all-European tie
Gareth Southgate and his England side face a tough test this coming Tuesday (3 July) when they take on Group H winners Colombia in the World Cup round of 16. The match will take place at the Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow.
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England lost their final group game to Belgium 1-0 setting up, in theory at least, an easier route to the final. However, that will mean the Three Lions have to negotiate a way past a tough and talented Colombia side, who will offer a sterner test than Japan, the runners up in Group H, perhaps would have done.
Despite qualifying comfortably from their group, defensive issues must be a worry for England boss Gareth Southgate. His side have failed to keep a clean sheet at the tournament so far and you can back both sides to score in this one at 2.20 – meaning you would more than double your money. If you think both teams will not score, you can back that outcome at a price of 1.61, according to Oddsshark.
However, coming into this tie, England remain the favourites to emerge victorious and progress to the last eight. One of the most simple bets you can make is on the outcome of a game, and England are at just 2.10 to win this match inside 90 minutes, whereas Colombia are at almost double that price – 4.00.
However, you can also bet on who you think will progress, regardless of whether it will be inside 90 minutes, after extra time or after penalties. Again, it is England who are at the shorter price – 1.50 – whereas Colombia are at 2.50 to make it through to the quarter-finals.
A draw after 90 minutes, priced at 3.30, would of course then lead to extra time, and that is where some real money can potentially be made. England are priced at 10.00 to win after an extra half hour of play, meaning a ten-fold return on any potential investment, while Colombia are at 17.00 to win after 120 minutes.
However, Colombia could well be hindered by the absence of key playmaker James Rodriguez, who limped off in their final group game against Senegal. That would mean much of the attacking burden would fall on the shoulders of veteran centre forward Radamel Falcao, who is at 3.40 to score at any time and 7.00 to open the scoring.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is Harry Kane who is the out and out favourite to get on the score sheet in this game. The Tottenham forward is at just 2.20 to net during the match, and 4.00 to score either the first or last goal of the game.
Odds (after 90 minutes): Colombia (4.00), England (2.10), draw (3.30)
On the same day, Sweden and Switzerland meet in Saint Petersburg. Again, both sides will fancy their chances of making progress in the tournament having been drawn on the “kinder” side of the bracket.
Switzerland looked strong during the group stage, managing a 1-1 draw with Brazil and beating Serbia from behind. They are priced at just 5.00 to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, while Sweden, who came agonisingly close to taking a point off Germany before comprehensively beating Mexico 3-0 in their last match, are right behind them on 6.00 to go through the second round, through the quarter-final and reach the semis.
This is perhaps one of the more low-profile ties in the round of 16, but there looks to be precious little to separate the two sides. Both teams have five wins apiece in the head-to-head record, while the Swiss come in as only slight favourites to overcome the Group F winners.
Switzerland are at 2.70 to win inside 90 minutes, while Sweden are at the slightly longer price of 3.10. Looking simply at who will qualify, you can double your money by backing Sweden at 2.00, with Switzerland once again just shorter, at the price of 1.75.
There could be goals in this one, though. Like England, Switzerland are yet to keep a clean sheet at the World Cup, and while trying to predict the exact score of a game is never easy, backing Switzerland to win 2-1 at 12.00 looks good value for money.
Odds (after 90 minutes): Sweden (3.10), Switzerland (2.70), draw (3.00)
2018 FIFA WORLD ROUND OF 16 TIES
Saturday, 30 June
3.00pm – (2.45) France 4 x 3 Argentina (3.50)
7.00pm – (2.80) Uruguay 2 x 1 Portugal (3.00)
Sunday, 1 July
3.00pm – (1.57) Spain 1 x 1 Russia (win on penalties 4-3) (7.00)
7.00pm – (1.90) Croatia 1 (win on penalties 3-2) x 1 Denmark (5.20)
Monday, 2 July
3.00pm – (1.53) Brazil x Mexico (7.00)
7.00pm – (1.40) Belgium x Japan (9.00)
Tuesday, 3 July
3.00pm – (3.10) Sweden x Switzerland (2.70)
7.00pm – (4.00) Colombia x England (2.10)