2010 winners take on hosts Russia for a place in the quarter-finals
Host nation Russia meet former World Cup winners Spain this coming Sunday (1 July) at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow for a place in the last eight of the competition. Spain remain one of the favourites but looked less than sure of themselves in the group stages, while Russia will be looking to recover from a 3-0 reverse against Uruguay.
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Hosts Russia made a bright start to the World Cup but faded as the group stage wore on. They now face a major test in the form of Spain, who topped Group B and will now look to build up momentum as the knock-out stages get underway – their strength in depth looks to go far beyond that of the Russians.
Looking at a bet you can make on the outcome of the match, Spain are the red hot favourites to get a result inside 90 minutes. While Russia are all the way out at 7.00 to win this one by the full-time whistle, Spain are at just 1.57 to do the same, according to Oddsshark.
Alternatively, you can simply bet on who you think will make it through to the quarter-finals. Again, Spain are at the shorter price of 1.25, while Russia are priced at 3.75 – there is no getting away from the fact that this is a match that the Spanish really should be winning comfortably.
Spain, however, only won one of their group games and will need to step it up a gear if they are to go all the way in this competition. They are priced at just 5.00 to win the World Cup, and are the favourites to reach the final, having been priced at just 2.75 to do so.
This, however, is an enormous game for Russia who are hosting the tournament for the first time. The vast majority of the 80,000 crowd will of course be home supporters, and while it is never easy predicting the exact score line, this World Cup has already thrown up its fair shares of surprises and upsets – you can back Russia to sneak a 1-0 win at a price of 15.00.
Odds (after 90 minutes): Spain (1.57), Russia (7.00), draw (4.00)
Later on the same day, Croatia hosts Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod. And, just like Spain, they come into their game as the clear favourites to progress n the competition, having been priced at 1.40 to progress, while Denmark’s price is almost double at 2.75 – Croatia, who comprehensively beat Argentina 3-0 in the group stages, will be confident of repeating the feat in the round of 16.
Denmark looked sluggish in the group stage, managing to win just one of their games, and their best bet may well be taking this game to extra time. You can bet on Denmark persevering after an extra 30 minutes of play at the long price of 19.00, while a Denmark win after penalties is at 11.00.
A draw after 90 minutes in this tie is priced at 3.30, and given the Dane’s defensive solidity it may well be a low scoring game. You can back under 2.5 goals in this match at a price of just 1.47, while over 2.5 raises the price to 2.60.
Croatia have reached the knock-out stages of the World Cup for the first time since 2002, but with the players at their disposal and the nature of elimination football, could go far. They are priced at just 3.50 to reach the semi-finals while Denmark, by way of comparison, have been given the second longest odds at 10.00 for that achievement – only Japan, priced at 17.00, ar behind them.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Mario Mandzukic is the favourite of all the players to get his name on the score sheet. The Croatia striker is at 3.00 to score at any time and at 6.00 to open the scoring.
All in all, this should be a fairly comfortable game for Croatia as they look to reach the quarter-finals. You can back a 2-0 win for the Croatians at just 8.00.
Odds (after 90 minutes): Croatia (1.90), Denmark (5.20), draw (3.30)
2018 FIFA WORLD CUP ROUND OF 16
Saturday, 30 June
3.00pm – (2.45) France x Argentina (3.50)
7.00pm – (2.80) Uruguay x Portugal (3.00)
Sunday, 1 July
3.00pm – (1.57) Spain x Russia (7.00)
7.00pm – (1.90) Croatia x 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)