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World Cup Knockout Stage Predictions and Odds 2018

30th June 2018 / lee
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The World Cup Knockout stage begins on Saturday, June 30th and kicking off the round of action there is a heavyweight showdown between France and Argentina. That means there is a big name that is going to fall by the wayside. Will Lionel Messi’s dreams of winning the World Cup during his career crumble, or will it be the French, who many had tipped to make a strong title run, who will be heading home at the first knockout stage hurdle?

Could this be a tournament where a big underdog come through the field because if you look at the bottom quarter of the draw, one of Sweden, Switzerland, Colombia or England will be the semi-finals which will make things interesting from that perspective? It has been a tournament where the big teams struggled to have a huge impact in terms of strong performances in the group stage. With the bottom half of the draw wide open, in contrast, it means that the top is totally congested. Things are about to get very interesting.

World Cup Winner Outright Odds*

Brazil 7/2
Spain 4/1
Belgium 13/2
England 15/2
France 8/1
Croatia 12/1
Argentina 14/1
Uruguay 22/1
Colombia 22/1
Portugal 25/1
Switzerland 33/1
Sweden 66/1
Russia 66/1
Mexico 66/1
Denmark 80/1
Japan 125/1
* (betting odds taken from June 29th, 2018 at 5:12 p.m.)

Round of 16 World Cup Knockout Stage Predictions

Of the front-runners to win the 2018 World Cup, Brazil and Spain have landed themselves with the most favourable round of sixteen ties. Spain get to go up against the host nation Russia and while the Red Fury will have to contend with the extra support behind their opponents, they look to have the extra quality to put through the contest. Spain are 8/13 odds on favourites* (betting odds taken from June 29th, 2018 at 5:12 p.m.) to get through their contest and move ahead. Even though Spain haven’t performed too well defensively, Russia are not likely to live up to the challenge of taking on the higher quality opposition and we saw that in their heavy group stage loss against Uruguay.

Brazil will be taking on Mexico and after a slow start to the tournament, there were signs in their final match against Serbia that Brazil were beginning to find their groove. Overall they haven’t looked as fluent or as strong as many had predicted to them be and Neymar isn’t running at 100% by the looks of things. But they have won four of their last six games against Mexico and will just have to watch their step after the Mexicans took a 1-0 win over Germany in the group stage. But we are backing the Samba Boys at 1/2 odds in the match outright* (betting odds taken from June 29th, 2018 at 5:12 p.m.).

France and Argentina are paired up in the round of sixteen so that is a big name which is going to packing their bags earlier than expected and the winner of that would face the winner of the Uruguay v Portugal match in the quarter finals. That’s the toughest quarter of the entire draw but we can see France edging out a hugely disappointing Argentina, while we expected Uruguay to see off the challenge of Portugal to set up a clash with Les Bleus in the final eight. One of the best performers of the group stage, Croatia, are 17/20 odds* (betting odds taken from June 29th, 2018 at 5:12 p.m.) to get past Denmark in their round of sixteen clash.

England will be taking on Colombia in what should be a fascinating challenge between two nations who are taking a different approach to games. Colombia are more of a conservative side while England are just wide open and will throw their high-pressing game at the South Americans. There is a chance here for the Three Lions who will be well rested after sending out a second string against Belgium in their final group stage match. England are 11/10* (betting odds taken from June 29th, 2018 at 5:12 pm) in the round of 16 World cup knockout stage odds and we like that value.

For the remainder of the ties, we expect Belgium to have an easy time of things against Japan, while Sweden can, through sheer physical effort, muscle their way past Switzerland in what should be a pretty even contest.

To Reach Semi Final

As you can start plotting the knockout stage of the 2018 World Cup now it may well be worth skipping ahead to look at the To Reach Semi-Final stage. Because of our predictions having been made for the round of sixteen, we sort of get a feel for who will be in the quarter-final lineups. We are predicting, and of course, these are just our predictions, Uruguay v France, Brazil v Belgium, Croatia v Spain and England v Sweden for the final eight.

This is a good time to look at the to reach semi-final market then with Belgium and Spain at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken from June 29th, 2018 at 5:12 p.m.) to each get there which isn’t bad value. But you can find a healthy price of the likes of 13/10 on England or 6/4 on France* (betting odds taken from June 29th, 2018 at 5:12 pm) to make it to the final four. Croatia meanwhile, who are one of the best dark horse options of the competition are 9/4 shots* (betting odds taken from June 29th, 2018 at 5:12 pm) to make it through. The main opposition in their quarter is Spain but if you can see them getting past the Red Fury, then Croatia look great value.

To Reach Final

Once you have plotted your World Cup knockout stage predictions for the round of sixteen and quarter-finals then you can weigh up the options in the To Reach Final market with bet365. This is a good market to look at as an alternative to picking the outright winner. It basically means that you are risking one game less on your selected nation. Spain, for example, are 4/1 to win outright but there is solid value at 7/4 on them To Reach Final* (betting odds taken from June 29th, 2018 at 5:12 p.m.) and they are the top-seeded team in the bottom half of the draw.

England are an optimistic 10/3 odds to get there while Brazil are 2/1* (betting odds taken from June 29th, 2018 at 5:12 p.m.). As with all of your World cup 2018 predictions, this is going to be down to your own judgement. Once you have figured out who you are expecting to get through via the To Reach Final market then that could lead you on to one more step, which is the name The Finalists Market.

The current shortest priced option there is Brazil/Spain at 7/1 odds* (betting odds taken from June 29th, 2018 at 5:12 p.m.).

The tip is based on the personal opinion of the author. No success is guaranteed. Please gamble responsibly. 18+

* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!

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