World Cup 2018: Round of 16 Betting Tips – 30th June to 3rd July 2018

World Cup 2018 LogoThe reigning world champions Germany may be out, but the likes of Brazil, Argentina, France, Spain and England are all safely through to the Round of 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. We have eight mouth-watering ties to look forward to, starting with the blockbuster match between France and Argentina in Kazan on Saturday. England will take part in the final last 16 tie when they face Colombia in Moscow on Tuesday evening.

Round of 16 Matchday 1: 30th June 2018

Date Time Match Tip
30th June 2018 15:00 France v Argentina Draw
30th June 2018 19:00 Uruguay v Portugal Uruguay to Win 1-0

The first two of the Round of 16 matches could be absolute crackers, especially France versus Argentina in the afternoon. Will Messi shine and put France to the sword, or will the flair of Les Bleus win the day? Meanwhile European Champions Portugal also face South American opposition in the form of Luis Suarez and co of Uruguay.

France v Argentina

Saturday 30th June, 15:00, BBC

Didier Deschamps’ France and Jorge Sampaoli’s Argentina meet at the Kazan Arena on Saturday to get the Round of 16 ties up and running. This is arguably the most glamorous game of the round.

France did more than enough to win Group C, without setting the world alight. After narrowly beating Australia and Peru, the French drew 0-0 with Denmark to top their group. Things were far less straightforward for Argentina, who needed a late Marcos Rojo winner to pip Nigeria to second spot in Group D.

This really is a difficult fixture to call in Kazan, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see it go the distance. Have a punt on the draw in the 90 minutes, which is available at the tempting price of 21/10 with Betfred.

Draw – 21/10 at Betfred

Uruguay v Portugal

Saturday 30th June, 19:00, ITV

On Saturday night, Oscar Tabarez’s Uruguay meet Fernando Santos’s Portugal in Sochi. With the likes of Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo hoping to fire their respective nations to the last eight, this will no doubt be a real cracker at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.

Uruguay were one of only three teams to take maximum points in the group stage, beating Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russia. The Uruguayans are the only country yet to concede a goal at the World Cup. The Portuguese, meanwhile, had a ding-dong battle with Spain for first place in Group B, eventually losing out on goals scored.

With Ronaldo in the side, Portugal are capable of winning this one. However, Uruguay’s well-drilled defence will be very hard to break down. We’re siding with a 1-0 victory for Tabarez’s team (6/1 at Betfair) on Saturday.

Uruguay to Win 1-0 – 6/1 at Betfair

Round of 16 Matchday 2: 1st July 2018

Date Time Match Tip
1st July 2018 15:00 Spain v Russia Spain to Win -1
1st July 2018 19:00 Croatia v Denmark Croatia to Win to Nil

Russia will have vociferous support when they take on Spain on Sunday, but it probably won’t be enough to help them get a positive result in this one. Later on, the impressive Croatia look to progress against a Denmark side who are there for the taking.

Spain v Russia

Sunday 1st July, 15:00, BBC

Hosts Russia go up against Spain at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday afternoon. Despite being far from their best at this World Cup, Fernando Hierro’s La Furia Roja are the strong favourites in this one.

The Spanish booked their place in the knockout rounds by finishing top of a tight Group B. Meanwhile, Russia took six points from a possible nine in Group A, seeing off the likes of Saudi Arabia and Egypt with ease.

Russia will be backed by the roar of the crowd, but Spain have all the experience in the world. The 2010 World Cup winners should be too strong for the host nation in Moscow, so back Hierro’s side to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 17/10 with Coral.

Spain to Win -1

Croatia v Denmark

Sunday 1st July, 19:00, BBC

Croatia have been one of the standout performers in Russia so far. Can Zlatko Dalic’s side continue their fine form with a win over Age Hareide’s Denmark at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Sunday night?

The Croatians made light work of the likes of Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria in Group D, scoring seven times on their way to three wins from three. Denmark were very competitive in their group, following France into the Round of 16 on five points.

Croatia have looked superb in Russia, and Dalic’s side will fancy their chances against the Danes in Nizhny Novgorod. The Blazers have only shipped once, and we like the look of Betfred’s 13/8 for Croatia to win to nil.

Croatia to Win to Nil – 13/8 at Betfred

Round of 16 Matchday 3: 2nd July 2018

Date Time Match Tip
2nd July 2018 15:00 Brazil v Mexico Brazil to Win Both Halves
2nd July 2018 19:00 Belgium v Japan Belgium HT/FT

Brazil versus Mexico promises much as a spectacle, and there are many who think this will be a walkover for Tite’s men. Mexico will have other ideas of course. In the other game of the day, all things point towards a comfortable victory for Belgium over a Japan side who might be well out of their depth in this one.

Brazil v Mexico

Monday 2nd July, 15:00, BBC

Brazil are growing into this World Cup, which is an ominous sign for their rivals. In the Round of 16, Tite’s troops go up against Juan Carlos Osorio’s Mexico at the Cosmos Arena in Samara on Monday.

After beginning with a 1-1 draw with Switzerland, the five-time World Cup winners have sealed back-to-back 2-0 victories to secure their spot in the last 16. Mexico, meanwhile, were heavily beaten by Sweden last time out after two narrow wins.

The Mexicans have been knocked out at this stage of the World Cup six times in a row, and Brazil should be too strong on Monday. Selecao to win both halves in Samara is nicely priced at 12/5 with BetVictor.

Brazil to Win Both Halves – 12/5 at BetVictor

Belgium v Japan

Monday 2nd July, 19:00, BBC

Having beaten England to first place in Group G, Roberto Martinez’s Belgium will fancy their chances of going all the way in Russia. However, Japan will have other ideas at the Rostov Arena on Monday.

Belgium eased past Panama and Tunisia before beating England 1-0 in Kaliningrad on Thursday. Japan did an excellent job to get out of their group, winning one, drawing one and losing one to go through ahead of Senegal on Fair Play rules.

Akira Nishino’s boys have performed admirably in Russia, but we can see their journey coming to an end on Monday. The Belgians to be winning at half time and full time is available at 6/5 (Ladbrokes).

Belgium Half Time/Full Time – 6/5 at Ladbrokes

Round of 16 Matchday 4: 3rd July 2018

Date Time Match Tip
3rd July 2018 15:00 Sweden v Switzerland Switzerland to Win 2-1
3rd July 2018 19:00 Colombia v England England Win & BTTS

Sweden against Switzerland might not be the glamour tie of the round, but given that it will decide England’s quarter final opponents (if the Three Lions make it past Colombia in the later game) there will be plenty of interest. So can Gareth Southgate’s men progress to the quarters or will they mess up in the Round of 16 as they have so often in the past?

Sweden v Switzerland

Tuesday 3rd July, 15:00, ITV

Janne Andersson’s Sweden and Vladimir Petkovic’s Switzerland lock horns at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday afternoon. The Swiss, who have been on an incredible run over the past couple of years, are fancied to go through.

Before a ball was kicked in Group F, not many people would have envisioned Sweden finishing first and Germany last. However, the Swedes were worthy winners, picking up six points from three games. As for the Swiss, they won one and drew two to follow Brazil into the Round of 16 from Group E.

This could be close, but our money is going on a Switzerland victory in Saint Petersburg. Bet365 are offering the eye-opening odds of 11/1 for Petkovic’s team to win 2-1.

Switzerland to Win 2-1 – 11/1 at Bet365

Colombia v England

Tuesday 3rd July, 19:00, BBC

The final Round of 16 knockout game between Colombia and England takes place at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on Tuesday night. Gareth Southgate’s side are the slight favourites with the bookies.

Colombia went through on six points, beating Senegal 1-0 in their final Group H game to make sure. However, in that same match, their star man James Rodriguez limped off with an injury. England were already through on six points before playing a second-string side in Thursday’s 1-0 defeat to Belgium.

This could go either way in Moscow, but this set of English players, led by the prolific Harry Kane, are not an easy team to beat. You can get the England win and both teams to score at 9/2 with Betfair.

England Win & Both Teams to Score – 9/2 at Betfair