World Cup 2018: Quarter Finals Betting Tips – 6th & 7th July 2018

World Cup 2018 Gold Football on Red Patterned BackgroundThe four quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia have been confirmed, with the likes of France, Brazil, Belgium and England still left in the competition. Yes, that’s correct, England are still in this thing!

Uruguay and France get the quarter-finals up and running, culminating in the Russia v Croatia match in Sochi on Saturday evening. With four huge games spread over two days the football just keeps coming and this quartet offers some of the best clashes of the World Cup so far.

Quarter Finals Matchday 1: 6th July 2018

Date Time Match Tip
6th July 2018 15:00 Uruguay v France France to Win 1-0
6th July 2018 19:00 Brazil v Belgium Brazil to Win 2-0

On Friday, Uruguay and France get the quarter-finals going with a mouth-watering matchup in Nizhny Novgorod. Later in the evening, five-time World Cup winners Brazil look to book their place in the last four when they square off against Belgium at the Kazan Arena. That’s a real heavyweight battle and whoever progresses could well be the outright favourite. An enthralling day of World Cup football awaits this Friday as the tournament really enters the business end of proceedings as we look to whittle down eight to four.

Uruguay v France

Friday 6th July, 15:00, BBC

Oscar Tabarez’s Uruguay and Didier Deschamps’ France go head-to-head at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium for a place in the World Cup semi-finals on Friday afternoon. These two nations look hard to split, but the French are the slight favourites after they dazzled with their attacking play against Argentina last time out.

After topping Group A by picking up nine points out of nine, the Uruguayans edged past Portugal in the Round of 16, with the prolific Edinson Cavani netting both goals in a 2-1 win. As for Les Bleus, they picked up seven points from three group games before beating Argentina 4-3 in a thrilling last 16 game in Kazan.

France and Uruguay have met at three World Cups previously with the last two ending in goalless draws. Although things will be tight in this one, we can see the French claiming a narrow victory in Nizhny Novgorod. Check out Betfair’s tempting odds of 5/1 for France to win this quarter-final 1-0 and, for a few hours at least, become the favourites for the 2018 World Cup!

France to Win 1-0 – 5/1 at Betfair

Brazil v Belgium

Friday 6th July, 19:00, BBC

Tite’s Brazil and Roberto Martinez’s Belgium meet at the Kazan Arena for a heavyweight last eight match on Friday night. This is arguably the most attractive quarter-final fixture of the lot and it could go either way. Can the Brazilians qualify for yet another World Cup semi, or will it be Belgium’s time to shine and shed their tag of under-achieving individuals.

After being held to a draw in their opening match in Russia, Selecao are beginning to find their feet at this World Cup, winning their last three matches each by a 2-0 scoreline. As for the Belgians, they came from two goals down to beat Japan in an enthralling Round of 16 encounter on Monday. That will have boosted their belief, though how they went 2-0 down against Japan should also be of concern.

When these two nations last met, goals from Rivaldo and Ronaldo gave the Brazilians a 2-0 win at the 2002 World Cup. Having won their last three by that same scoreline, put some money on the 2-0 Brazil win at 10/1 with Bet365.

Brazil to Win 2-0 – 10/1 at Bet365

Quarter Finals Matchday 2: 7th July 2018

Date Time Match Tip
7th July 2018 15:00 Sweden v England England Win & BTTS
7th July 2018 19:00 Russia v Croatia Croatia to Win to Nil

England continue their fascinating World Cup journey with a winnable looking quarter-final tie against Sweden at the Cosmos Arena in Samara on Saturday afternoon. This will be the Three Lions’ first World Cup quarter-final for 12 years and Sweden’s first since 1994. The final game of the round involves the tournament hosts Russia, who go up against Croatia at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on Saturday night.

Sweden v England

Saturday 7th July, 15:00, ITV

England booked their place in the World Cup quarter-final for the first time since 2006 with a dramatic penalty shootout win over Colombia on Tuesday night. Again, yes, you read that right, England won a penalty shootout. Gareth Southgate’s men now face Janne Andersson’s Sweden in Samara for a place in the last four. Can the English reach the semi-finals for just the second time since winning the World Cup in 1966?

England came through a gruelling 120 minutes and a nervy penalty shootout to finally get the better of a stubborn Colombia in Moscow on Tuesday. Tottenham’s Hotspur’s Eric Dier scored the all-important winning penalty after a brilliant save by Jordan Pickford had denied Carlos Bacca.

The Swedes, meanwhile, squeezed past Switzerland in Saint Petersburg, with Emil Forsberg’s deflected shot proving to be the difference in a very tight game in Saint Petersburg. This will only be their second quarter-final appearance since 1958 when they went on to make the final at home.

England played well at times against Colombia, having to deal with plenty of antics from the opposition players along the way. They also had to win the match twice, with the Colombians scoring in the 93rd minute. However, Southgate’s side showed plenty of guts and determination to get over the line in the Russian capital. That will stand them in good stead for this challenge.

England will feel more at home against Sweden and won’t face such provocation and play-acting and we fancy the Three Lions to roar to a famous victory in Samara on Saturday. That said, they are yet to keep a clean sheet at this World Cup. We like the look of England to win and both teams to score, which BetVictor has priced at 4/1.

England Win & Both Teams to Score – 4/1 at BetVictor

Russia v Croatia

Saturday 7th July, 19:00, ITV

The last of the quarter-finals is between Stanislav Cherchesov’s Russia and Zlatko Dalic’s Croatia and it takes place at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi on Saturday night. The hosts have done an incredible job to reach the last eight, but they head into this quarter as underdogs.

The Russians shocked the footballing world by knocking Spain out on penalties in the Round of 16 last weekend. Cherchesov’s troops were tipped to have a poor tournament. Their pre-World Cup form was simply dreadful but they have certainly answered their critics.

Croatia also needed a penalty shootout in their last 16 game, beating Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod. They have impressed sporadically but can sometimes be a little hit and miss despite their stellar midfield.

Russia have been on an incredible journey at their own World Cup, but we can see it coming to an end on Saturday. Determination and the home crowd can only take a side so far and much as Uruguay did in the groups, we think Croatia will outclass the hosts. Have a punt on the Croatians to win to nil at 11/5 with Coral.

Croatia to Win to Nil – 11/5 at Coral