World Cup 2018 odds

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France v Croatia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

France v Croatia- World Cup 2018
France v Croatia Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 15th July - 4.00 p.m The showcase match of the 2018 World Cup will be contested on Sunday, a showdown of France v Croatia for the title of World Champions. France are looking for their second World Cup title while the Croatians will be hoping to make the most of this first ever trip to a World Cup Final. Their respective routes through the knockout phase were vastly different with Croatia having done things the hard way. Will they be able to rouse themselves for one last effort as they take on Les Bleus who are favourites to win the World Cup Final 2018?

France News and Form

You can’t really find any fault with the form of France even though their performances haven’t always been spectacular. In their last seventeen games played they have lost just once (W12 D4) and they are currently running on a ten-match undefeated streak. Looking at things realistically, they had a much tougher knockout stage campaign in front of them than Croatia did, but of the two, France were actually the more comfortable. So that says a lot about them. France opened the knockout stage with a 4-3 win over Argentina and then totally shut out Uruguay and Belgium in the subsequent rounds of action. While they flourished against a poor Argentina defence Les Bleus had to be patient in cracking open Uruguay's tight back line. But then the fact that totally shut out the free-scoring Belgium in the semi finals was perhaps their stand out performance of the knockout phase. France have taken four clean sheets in their last five games played now and France to win to nil in Sunday's Final is at 13/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July 2018 at 6:12 p.m.).

France v Croatia World Cup Final 2018 Infographic

While they looked clinical getting forward against Argentina, albeit not bossing possession in that game, France were more pragmatic against Uruguay and Belgium. To be fair we haven’t seen a great deal of attacking flair from the French apart from the odd spell here and there. But the substance they have had and control in midfield has been good and that was evident in blanking Belgium in that semi final match up, especially with Belgian having torn apart Brazil in their previous game. Antoine Griezmann is the 4/1 first goalscorer favourite at bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July 2018 at 6:12 p.m.). The French have scored in 14 of their last 15 games and will be expected to find a way through Croatia. They have just produced strong tournament football to get the jobs completed that have been put in front of them. They haven’t had to go through a trial of extra time like Croatia have done and with a day’s extra rest will be the fresher of the two. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Croatia News and Form

Croatia have needed extra time in all three of their knockout stage matches at the 2018 World Cup and all that up and that’s the equivalent of them having played an extra knockout stage game. They carded penalty shootout wins over Denmark and then Russia before going up against England in the semi-finals. That was Croatia’s second semi-final appearance and this time they made no mistake, despite having to come from behind as they had to do against Denmark and Russia, to get their rewards. Mario Mandzukic settled the tie in the second period of extra time. Again, they had to come from behind in each of those matches as well, all three of which ended 1-1 at 90 minutes. In the bet365 correct score market, the shortest priced option is a France 1-0 at 9/2 while the 1-1 draw is at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July 2018 at 6:12 p.m.). Croatia are having a golden generation show at the moment and while they have really been pushed to their physical and mental limits, they have not been broken and indeed produced more stamina than expected against England. After looking so tired in extra time against Russia in the previous round, the general thought was that they wouldn't have the steam in the tank to outlast England in the semi-finals. It wasn’t true as Croatia grew in stature and strength in the second half of that contest. They showed tremendous strength and sprinting to keep on going and with Luka Modric again the star of the show for them he looks a very strong Golden Ball candidate. Croatia are unbeaten in seven games now (W4 D3) which includes extra time and they have scored in each of their last seven games, netting at least two in six of those seven games. So they haven’t been shy in front of goal but in context of the overall quality they have faced in the knockout stage, France are head and shoulders, the best team that they have faced. France are so well organised at the back under 1.5 goals is at 11/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July 2018 at 6:12 p.m.).

France v Croatia Head to Head

France and Croatia have met five times before with France holding a W3 D2 record against the Croats. Actually, their first ever coming together was at the 1998 World Cup, a game with France won on their way to lifting the title. Their most recent meeting was a 2011 friendly which ended in a draw and the last two meetings have been tied.

France v Croatia Betting Odds*

France 19/20 Draw 23/10 Croatia 15/4 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on 12th July 2018 at 6:12 p.m.)

France v Croatia Predictions

We have to side with the French in this one and are going to do so with a France to win by a one-goal margin. They have been so strong at the back and should be able to handle themselves against the Croatians who surely have to run out of steam at some point. France have the better of the two benches and can land the title.  
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Belgium v England Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

England - Belgium
Belgium v England Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 14th July - 3.00 p.m This is the game at the World Cup that no-one wants to end up in. It is a consolation battle between the two losing semi-finalists to see who finishes third and fourth respectively. Both were undone by just the one goal in their respective semi-final contests, Belgium falling against France and then England going down against Croatia a day later. We were denied a competitive clash between these two in the group stage, will this be better as they meet again? Read our Belgium v England predictions for more.

Belgium News and Form

What a performance Belgium delivered to knocked Brazil out at the quarter-final stage. That should have been the platform for them from which to drive on to even bigger things. But they fell completely flat in the semi-final as they couldn’t string much of anything together against France. So once again this golden generation of Belgian players missed the mark. In that semi-final against France, Belgium created so little it was a little bit a shock really but that was all down to just how strong and well-organised France were defensive. Belgium just couldn’t find a crack. Again that does seem to be an issue with Belgium, they do struggle for consistency and are prone to producing really strange disjointed performances. But Belgium as a whole are a free-scoring side and we are going over 2.5 goals at 3/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July, 2018 at 6:12pm) for this game.

Belgium v England World Cup 2018 Infographic

Each of the last ten Third Place matches at World Cups have all gone above 2.5 goals. Belgium's form is fine with a W13 D2 L1 record in their last sixteen games and their scoring at the World Cup has been fine. They just lost their long unbeaten streak of form at the wrong time. The Red Devils have scored at least two goals in six of their last eight games played and at least three in five of those six. Romelu Lukaku was brilliant against Brazil and anonymous against France but he is a 7/2 first goalscorer option for this fixture* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.). Belgium are known for their attacking threat, but they do also have seven clean sheets in their last eleven games. They will have had that extra day of rest compared to England as well. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

England News and Form

So it was another case of World cup semi final heartbreak for England as they suffered a 2-1 loss against Croatia after extra time. England were supposed to be the ones with the more stamina in the game, but they faded badly after such a good first half when they were well on top and should have put the game out of reach. Once again a downfall of this England side was the lack of ability to create any chances from open play and it was another set play which got them their goal. But that set play strength is something that is working for England and so we are backing both teams to score at 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.). It is likely that boss Gareth Southgate is going to freshen up his starting eleven and give a run out to some of those who have spent most of the time on the bench. So they could have some energy left in them and there is no pressure on this game at all. England’s form is pretty solid with only the one defeate since the start of September last year, which was against Belgium in the group stage. But they have gone just W1 D2 L1 (over 90 minutes) in their last four played at the World Cup. Harry Kane hasn’t scored since his spot-kick against Colombia in the round of sixteen, but he is the anytime goalscorer favourite at 20/21 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.). England haven’t done all that bad defensively really despite having collected just the one clean sheet at Russia 2018 as they have not conceded more than one goal in ninety minutes during any of their last sixteen games, so that’s a good record. England were distraught at the end of their semi-final and that is because they will know that they lost a golden opportunity to make the final of a World Cup. Can they go out, get some revenge over Belgium and go home on a high?

Belgium v England Head to Head

There was that group stage meeting at Russia 2018 between the two sides, a really odd game which neither wanted to win because doing so meant going to the top half, the more difficult section of the draw. It was reserve team v reserve team and Belgium took a 1-0 win. That snapped a three match winning streak that England were on against the Red Devils and it was just England’s second ever loss against Belgium. Overall in the head to head England are 15-2 up with the four drawn matches. England’s last three wins over Belgium have all been by a one-goal margin.

Belgium v England Betting Odds*

Belgium 6/5 England 23/10 Draw 11/4 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on 12th July, 2018 at 6:22 p.m.)

Belgium v England Predictions

We have to side with Belgium in this one. England were badly deflated at the end of their semi final against Croatia and they have been punching above their weight. Belgium have had the extra rest and they have the players who are more likely to open this game from open-play. There is value in just backing Belgium in the match outright.  
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England v Croatia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

England - Croatia
England v Croatia Betting Prediction - World Cup 2018 11th July - 7.00 p.m England have exceeded expectations and have booked their place in the final four of the 2018 World Cup. If they were to get through this semi-final challenge now against Croatia England would be celebrating just their second ever World Cup Final appearance. Standing in their way is the technically strong Croatia who have really lived up to their pre-tournament billing of a dark horse. But they only survived again through another penalty shoot-out as they took down host nation Russia in the quarter finals. Our England v Croatia predictions expect a tight scrap.

England News and Form

It has been pretty exciting and fun to have watched England at this World Cup. Their game against Colombia in the round of sixteen was tense and physical, but they got through. Things were a little more sedate and comfortable for England in the quarterfinals as they held themselves together in Samara to collect a 2-0 win over Sweden. After the ups and downs of the game against Colombia, England’s young players performed really well with some composure against Sweden. Granted the quality levels aren’t quite there, but they make up for the lack of that with commitment, determination and energy. Their midfield will likely come under pressure in this one though because that is where Croatia will have a definite advantage over the Three Lions. There have been so many positives from the performances of the Three Lions and can they continue it to get to that World Cup Final? In the bet365 correct score market, the 1-1 draw is the shortest-priced option at 5/1 with an England 1-0 at 11/2* (Betting Odds were taken from July 8th, 2018 at 6:46 p.m.). Of them, the draw is tempting.

Croatia v England 2018 Infographic

England were thankful on three notable occasions to Jordan Pickford in their game against Sweden and boss Gareth Southgate will be hoping that the England defenders can see him get a little less action in this one. Pickford thought was outstanding in that game. The clean sheet that he got against Sweden was England’s first of the tournament and it made Pickford the youngest ever England keeper to bank a clean sheet at World cup. Harry Kane didn’t get much of a look in against Sweden, looking a bit gassed at times, but he is still well on course for the Golden Boot and he is the 10/3 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from July 8th, 2018 at 6:46 p.m.) for this one. That’s eleven goals in their five games at the tournament so far, the only previous World Cup edition in which England reached that tally was in 1966. The Three Lions have found the back of the net with 10 of their last 13 shots on target at the World Cup, so are certainly clinical when those chances come along. England are now at W4 D1 L1 in their last six games and they have lost just one of their last fifteen. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Croatia News and Form

It has been a pretty intense run in the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup for Croatia who once again had to rely on a penalty shootout to get through. After needing penalties to get past Denmark in the round of sixteen (a game in which Croatia were strong favourites to win in 90 minutes) they had to rely on them again to get past Russia. The host nation continued to defy the poor status they had ahead of the tournament and pushed Croatia hard. Why this is important is that it is not only two extra 30 minute periods that Croatia have now played, but they have had all that extra emotional stress of penalty shoot-outs. Will that take its toll on them as they face up to an energetic England side on Wednesday? Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 1/2 odds* (betting odds taken on July 8th, 2018 at 7:56 pm) as this is a World Cup semi-final. Croatia were fantastic in the group stage, but they haven’t replicated that in the knockout phase yet. There has been a lack of commanding authority from them in the knockouts, despite the strength and quality that they have. Still, they are in the semi finals of the World Cup for the second time having made it to this stage in 1998 when they lost but ended up finishing third. The Croatians are carrying form with a good W4 D2 record in their last six games, but they haven’t managed to pick up a clean sheet in any of their last three now. The main bulk of Croatia’s star players probably won’t be back for another World Cup because of age and maybe there are signs of tiring from them. They wouldn’t want this to go to extra time against England’s young side. Croatia have netted at least two goals in five of their last six (extra time included) and without question, they will be the highest-quality starting eleven that England will have faced at this tournament. It hasn’t been plain sailing for them in the knockout stage, but they have quality likes Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Rakitic and of course Luka Modric. Croatia have lost just the two games since the beginning of September last year. Croatia are 13/10 underdogs To Qualify* (Betting Odds were taken from July 8th, 2018 at 6:46 p.m.).

England v Croatia Head to Head

Seven times before England and Croatia have met and England are 4-2 ahead with the one drawn match. England have won the last two meetings between the two countries, which were during 2010 World Cup qualifying, England scoring nine goals in those two games and conceding two. All but two of the previous seven meetings have gone over 2.5 goals, six of them producing at least four goals. They have just once in a major tournament, which was at Euro 2004 and England won that game 4-2 with Wayne Rooney getting a brace in the fixture.

England v Croatia Betting Odds*

England 11/8 Draw 21/10 Croatia 5/2 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 8th, 2018 at 6:46 p.m.)

England v Croatia Predictions

We only see this being tight as Croatia are patient and have the stronger midfield of the two. We can see this semi-final tie going beyond ninety minutes. So we are looking at the draw in the match outright. Croatia haven’t played well but are technically strong enough to hold in there and England don’t create enough from open play.  
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France v Belgium Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Belgium - France
France v Belgium Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 10th July - 7.00 p.m Whatever the outcome of this and the other semi final, it will be an all-European showdown for glory in the Final of the 2018 World Cup. France booked their place in the final four with a comfortable win over Uruguay and they continue to look as if they are growing more and more into the tournament. Belgium though pulled off a huge shock as they defeated Brazil after producing one of the performances of the tournament. Read our France v Belgium predictions for more.

France News and Form

Tournament football is just all about getting it right on the day. France, one of the front-runners ahead of the tournament looked a bit below par during the group stage of the competition. But they managed themselves well enough to win their group and since the knockout stages have arrived, they have started to get up through the gears. They were brilliant in their 4-3 round of sixteen victory over Argentina in which they were 2-1 down at one point. Then in the quarter finals, they saw off more South American opposition as they beat Uruguay 2-0. The French were never really under too much pressure from the South Americans and again, just managed the game well. Even though World Cup semi-final matches are usually leaning towards the conservative side, we are actually going over 2.5 goals for our France v Belgium prediction and at 23/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 6th, 2018 at 11:22 p.m.) we simply can’t ignore that. That is because France’s opponents Belgium are usually involved in high scoring games.

France v Belgium 2018 Infographic

France have picked up a clean sheet in three of their last four games now, so they are starting to look more solid back there. But they will be facing a side who are so dangerous on the break and who can strike in the blink of an eye. We do see goals coming in this one and both teams to score is at 19/20 odds as well* (Betting Odds were taken from July 6th, 2018 at 11:22 p.m.). Antoine Griezmann finally delivered the kind of performance that the World Cup was waiting for, as he produced a goal and an assist against Uruguay, easily his best game of the tournament. They need more of that from him. That’s the strength about France, they have such quality in depth that someone on the day is likely to come good. France are on a W7 D2 in their last nine games played and they have lost just one of their last sixteen. They have just looked better and better as the tournament has gone on and have the squad to deal with this deep run. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Belgium News and Form

What a performance that Belgium found in the quarter finals as they took out Brazil. That was night and day to how they played against Japan in the round of sixteen because they were so poor in that. That poor showing meant that they were big underdogs for their duel with Brazil, but the Red Devils tweaked their formation, their tactics and starting personnel and came up big. They were sitting pretty at 2-0 up at halftime and then it was just a matter of digging in and seeing the game out, looking for more opportunities on the break. Romelu Lukaku had a tremendous game without getting on the scoresheet and is a good anytime goalscorer option for this game. That was just about as good as it gets and Belgium looked like World beaters at times in that match. The question is, will they be able to replicate it in the semi-finals? Now France will have seen what they did and will have time to work on a solution and at the best of times, the performances of Belgium can be a bit hit and miss. Belgium are at 11/10 odds To Qualify* (Betting Odds were taken from July 6th, 2018 at 11:22 p.m.). The Red Devils have only taken the one clean sheet int their last four at the tournament so far which was in that non-contest against England at the end of the group stage. Twelve of Belgium's last fifteen games have gone over 2.5 goals so again, we can back goals to come in this tie. Belgium are on a seven-match winning streak at the moment and have netted at least three goals in all but two of those wins. That is a big streak to maintain though. It is the kind of streak where you can’t help think that it is about to stop because streaks like that are tremendously hard to sustain. In the bet365 correct score market a France 2-1 option is at 10/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 6th, 2018 at 11:22 p.m.) and that makes for one of our leading France v Belgium predictions. We are definitely going with goals at both ends in this absorbing European showdown.

France v Belgium Head to Head

Belgium are narrowly ahead of France from previous meetings, being 10-9 up with the nine drawn matches. The last time they met was in a 2015 friendly and the Red Devils collected a 4-3 win. This will be their first competitive meeting since their 1986 World Cup fixture which France won 4-2. Both teams have scored in just two of the last seven meetings.

France v Belgium Betting Odds*

France 6/4 Belgium 11/5 Draw 11/5 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 6th, 2018 at 11:22 p.m.)

France v Belgium Predictions

We are leaning slightly towards France and that is because they have grown in stature the more the tournament has wound on and they do have the better options off the bench to handle anything later on in the game, whether they are defending or needing to find a goal. Belgium are just a little more prone to errors at the back and while they will cause a threat on the counter-attack, we see France holding out for a one-goal margin win.  
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England v Sweden Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Trippier - Lingard (England)
England v Sweden Betting Prediction - World Cup 2018 7th July - 3.00 p.m England are still yet to pick up a clean sheet at the 2018 World Cup but they are in the quarter finals and are in with a fighting chance of making it through to the final four. The Three Lions exerted themselves a lot in a physical battle with Colombia in the last round. Will their period of extra time have taken something out of them? Sweden edged out Switzerland 1-0 in their round of sixteen tie and they have strong head to head form against the Three Lions in major tournaments as well. Read our England v Sweden predictions for this massive European showdown.

England v Sweden Betting Odds*

England 10/11 Draw 12/5 Sweden 15/4 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 4th, 2018 at 7.45 p.m.) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

England News and Form

All credit due to England first digging in their and holding their nerve in a penalty shootout against Colombia. It was a tough game for the Three Lions as they had to deal with some less than friendly gamesmanship from the South Americans. After the excitement and drama of the night in Moscow England need to get themselves back down to earth and focused again. One clear weakness of England does appear to be creating chances from open play and that can be credited to neither Raheem Sterling or Dele Ali really having had great tournaments so far. If a goal can both click then England will be on to a big winner. Harry Kane keeps providing for England and with his penalty against Colombia he is up to 6 goals for the tournament and he is the 11/4 favourite in the first goalscorer market* (betting odds taken from July 4th, 2018 at 7:51 pm) with bet365. England never deserted their style of wanting to bring the ball forward against Colombia no matter how much they were being harassed and they deserve credit for that too. England v Sweden World Cup 2018 Infographic Barring injuries we are not likely to see any changes in the England starting 11 and you are not going to anything different from them tactically. By no stretch of the imagination, is this going to be an easy game for England because of how well organised Sweden are. The Swedes are really tough to break. The difference in this game could be the fact that England have far more match winners and a higher degree of individual talent than their opponents do. England to win by a one-goal margin is at 12/5 odds* (betting odds taken from July 4th, 2018 at 7:51 pm) and is one of our leading predictions for the England v Sweden game. England still have not collected a clean sheet at the 2018 World Cup so far and they only have one in their last seven. To be fair though they have not conceded more than one goal in any game played since the beginning of September last year. England have scored in all but one of their last eight games In this fixture is going to be about them staying focused and not getting carried away and complacent after a success over Colombia. England will be making a run at reaching the semi finals for the first time since 1990.

Sweden News and Form

There can be no faulting what Sweden have achieved so far at the 2018 World Cup. They may well have flown under the radar all of the way, but there have been some notable moments of character from them. After harshly being denied a point against Germany in the group stage, Sweden hit back well by beating Mexico 3-0 and then they were up as underdogs against Switzerland in the round of 16. In a game that was far more wide open than had ever been predicted with plenty of chances at both ends over at the 90 mins, the game was settled by Sweden’s Emil Forsberg in the second half of the game. While the Swedes will be left elated from their success, the one downside one supposes is that they were extremely wasteful in front of goal and that will bring into question their quality up front. Under 1.5 goals at bet365 is at 6/4 odds* (betting odds taken from July 4th, 2018 at 7:51 pm). To be fair Sweden’s weakest area does appear to be in the attacking department You pretty much know at this point what you are going to get from Sweden. They sit back, they keep they shape well and they aren’t afraid to launch long balls forward. That is when they will use their height and physicality to try and win those first balls to settle attacking plays. Not since the end of their qualification group to reach the World Cup finals have Sweden being a major threat in front of goal. Aside from their big win over Mexico Sweden had not scored more than one goal in a game since and 8-0 triumph over Luxembourg back in October last year. In total Sweden have scored six goals in their last seven games with three of those coming against Mexico. Sweden's three wins at the 2018 World Cup are their only ones in their last ten games (D4 L3). To their credit though they have hit the back of the net at least once in each of their four World Cup 2018 games. Sweden have really excelled to get to this point and there is immense pressure on right now so we are going with both teams not to score for our Sweden v England prediction at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken from July 4th, 2018 at 7:51 pm).

England v Sweden Head to Head

During the buildup for this Sweden v England quarter-final, you are going to see a lot about how Sweden boss England in the head to head. England have collected just one victory in their last eight games against Sweden in major tournaments. But that win was in their most recent competitive meeting which was at Euro 2012 where England took a 3-2 victory. The Three Lions have won two of their last three games against Sweden including international friendlies. But those are the only two wins for England over Sweden in their last fifteen meetings so the Swedes historically have been a bit of a bogey side for the Three Lions.

England v Sweden Predictions

With the organised defence of Sweden, England are going to have a hard time breaking them down. We saw against Colombia that the Three Lions didn’t create too much in and around the box other than from set pieces. It may be a set pieces which wins this. Back an England 1-0 correct score.    
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Russia v Croatia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Dyzuba - Modric (Russia - Croatia)
Russia v Croatia Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 7th July - 3.00 p.m Surprisingly Russia have created their own success story at the tournament as they caused one of the biggest shocks of the 2018 World Cup by eliminating Spain via a penalty shoot-out in the last round. Can they take a journey step further by seeing off Croatia? Croatia also needed a penalty shootout to make it past their round of 16 tie against Denmark. After looking so very good in the group stage Croatia really looked flat in that round of 16 tie. Still our Russia v Croatia predictions sees the extra quality of Croatia pulling through.

Russia News and Form

So the Russians have arrived in the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup totally against the odds. Heading into the tournament there was no expectancy surrounding them as they were simply out of form, not having won in seven games. They opened the 2018 World Cup with back to back wins so qualified for the knockout stage immediately and their final group stage loss against Uruguay didn't matter. But they were drawn against Spain in the first knockout stage and they were heavy underdogs for that game. But they had a simple game plan of parking the bus and it worked. They took their chance in the penalty shootout. To open our Russia v Croatia predictions under 2.5 goals looks an obvious place to go to and that is at 19/40 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). They spent a lot of energy in defending their way to that victory against Spain but the cost of that is that a great deal will have been taken out of them. Russia v Croatia World Cup 2018 Infographic Russia are now W2 D2 L2 in their last six games and they have collected just the one clean sheet in their last twelve games. They are going as underdogs here once again and it will be interesting to see if they can find the defensive levels against Croatia that they produced against Spain. A both teams not to score option at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) for our Russia v Croatia predictions and that is because we don’t see Russia producing a lot of attacking threat against a well-organised Croatia side. The Russians have taken only three wins in their last twelve games (D4 L5) over 90 minutes and it is average at best opposition that they have beaten. They have only managed to score more than one goal in four of their last twelve matches. Fedor Smolov and Artem Dzyuba are joint 2/1 anytime goalscorer options for them going into this one* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Croatia News and Form

Croatia didn’t quite hit the high quality that they had produced in the group stage as they took on Denmark in the World Cup round of sixteen. They were really conservative and flat and just seemed to totally tighten up. Maybe it was all down to the pressure of the situation but they did get through it. They are the stronger of the two sides going into this quarter-final tie but based on their performance in the last match we are looking at a Croatia 1-0 correct score option at 5/1* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). The Croatians are not really going to give up too much at the back and they have kept two clean sheets in their last four games. They are W4 D1 in their last five games played (90 minutes) and they scored at least two goals in each of those four victories in that sequence. But we are suggesting for our Russia v Croatia predictions that this is going to be a tighter, low scoring game and it is not worth looking bigger in the correct score market. This is the quarter finals of a World Cup after all. Croatia are favourites for this game so there will be that extra pressure on them. Luka Modric, with two goals, is their top scorer at the tournament so far and he has been one of the stand out performers of the entire tournament so he is worth a look in the anytime goalscorer market. Mario Mandzukic is at 5/1 in the first goalscorer market for this fixture* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) and he got their somewhat lucky goal against Denmark in the last round. Croatia are carrying strong form with eight wins in their last thirteen matches, suffering just the two defeats along the way. In terms of quality, Croatia are head and shoulders above Russia and should be able to control this game from the midfield. They have to step up and be better than they were against Denmark when the key players just didn’t perform. Croatia finished third back in the 1998 World Cup and with the draw ahead, there’s a decent chance that they could get close to at least replicating that. At the time of writing they had been moved into 6/1 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) to win the World Cup outright.

Russia v Croatia Head to Head

This will be just the fourth meeting between Russia and Croatia. The first two meetings were both 0-0 ties which were in the Euro 2008 qualifiers. Their other game was a friendly meeting in Russia back in 2015 and Croatia cruised to a 3-1 victory in the game, Mario Mandzukic getting Croatia’s last goal.

Russia v Croatia Betting Odds*

Croatia 5/4 Draw 21/10 Russia 29/10 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 2nd, 2018 at 6:13 p.m.)

Russia v Croatia Predictions

Russia were pretty much out on their feet in the extra time of their tie against Spain and that is because they just sat back and had so much defensive work to do. They would likely be chasing the ball a lot in this game to as Croatia can stroke it around. We are backing for our Russia v Croatia predictions the hosts to eventually run out of steam and Croatia to edge their way through to the final four.  
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Uruguay v France Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Cavani - Mbappe (Uruguay - France)
Uruguay v France Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 6th July - 3.00 p.m Uruguay battled their way past Portugal in the round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup and now they will showdown against France for a place in the semi-finals. They are going to have to bring their usual brand of defensive strength and organisation to the table for this one. France had to come from behind to get the better of Argentina in their round of 16 ties, but they did that in emphatic fashion. Our Uruguay v France predictions sees the Europeans taking a step further in the tournament.

Uruguay News and Form

Uruguay have won all four of their matches at the 2018 World Cup and you can’t really find a fault with that. After not conceding in the group stage, they conceded their first goal of the tournament in a 2-1 win over Portugal in the round of sixteen. Edinson Cavani was the hero of the day with both goals, both very good goals at that as well. But Uruguay lost him in the second half with a calf problem so will be hoping that he is fit enough to take part in Friday’s first quarter-final of the tournament. Cavani is a 12/5 odds in the anytime goalscorer market with Luis Suarez at 11/5* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 2nd, 2018 at 5:24 p.m.). Really Uruguay didn't excel going forward against Portugal, but they got their rewards from really good breaks. They didn’t really impose themselves on the Portuguese defence at any point. More of the same will probably follow in this one. Uruguay v France World Cup 2018 Infographic A low scoring game is probably going to be on the cards because of how strong Uruguay are at the back. In the bet365 correct score market, considering that France are the favourites, you have a 5/1 odds quote on a France 1-0 result* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 2nd, 2018 at 5:24 p.m.). It will be interesting to see how Uruguay face up to the French attack because they haven’t really faced a positive attacking side at the tournament so far. Uruguay pride themselves on being defensively strong and we have seen that at this tournament. Under 2.5 goals is the obvious way to lean for our Uruguay v France predictions. Uruguay are on a seven-match winning streak at the moment with 10 clean sheets in their last thirteen games. They will stick around and cause Les Bleus problems. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

France News and Form

France are probably going to have to exercise some patience in trying to work their way through the Uruguayan defence. That's not an easy thing to do. But France do have plenty of quality in their ranks of course and they are likely to make it count the longer this game goes on. The half-time draw is at 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 2nd, 2018 at 5:24 p.m.) and that is well worth looking at because Uruguay are likely to stay strong and organised early on, but if their legs start going in the second half then that is where things will open up for the French. France never really delivered a convincing display in the group stage but in having to fight back from a goal down against Argentina in the round of sixteen, they turned in the style to produce a 4-3 win. France were second best in possession in the match up, but when it came down to it, their incisive touches of individual brilliance, that is what won it for them. It was Kylian Mbappe who stood out with his brace to get France the win over the Albiceleste and he is at 11/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 2nd, 2018 at 5:24 p.m.) in the anytime goalscorer market. France are unbeaten in eight games now but they haven't been without their problems at the back though with only two clean sheets in their last six fixtures. With Cavani and Suarez prowling around on the break for Uruguay, France will just have to be on their toes back there. Both teams have scored in seven of France’s last 10 games which does show vulnerability at the back. But with that said, the pressure of this being a World Cup quarter-final is likely to lead to the game being tight and a both teams not to score option is at 8/13 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 2nd, 2018 at 5:24 p.m.). France have the greater depth on their bench and in the latter stages of this game that could be quite telling.

Uruguay v France Head to Head

France are trailing 1-3 to Uruguay in the head to head with four drawn matches. Low scoring games have been a big feature of meetings between these two and in fact that there has been just the one goal in the last five meetings between them. That was a goal which gave Uruguay a 1-0 win in their most recent meeting, a 2013 friendly. Both teams have scored in just two of the previous eight games between the two nations and six of those eight have ended under 2.5 goals. They have met three times before in World Cup fixtures the first one ending in a 2-1 win for Uruguay the other two playing out to 0-0 draws in the 2002 and 2010 editions. Their last two World Cup meetings have both produced a red card.

Uruguay v France Betting Odds*

France even money Draw 9/4 Uruguay 7/2 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 2nd, 2018 at 5:24 p.m.)

Uruguay v France Predictions

Uruguay do struggle to get forward and get up a big head of steam and they may not see much of the ball in this contest against the French. France will have renewed belief after the current around their game against Argentina in impressive fashion and we can see the French finding a way through the well-drilled Uruguay defence. Our prediction is a simple France to win in the match outright.  
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Brazil v Belgium Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Neymar (Brazil) - Lukaku (Beglium)
Brazil v Belgium Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 6th July - 3.00 p.m Brazil have started to look better and better as the tournament has worn on and that is a dangerous sign for the rest of the teams left in. They handled themselves well against Mexico in a tricky round of sixteen match-up, with their defence standing strong once again. Belgium were nearly down and out against Japan in the last round, in what was supposed to be an easy game for them. They survived by the skin of their teeth and are going to punished heavily if they play that poorly again. Our Brazil v Belgium predictions sees the South Americans progressing further.

Brazil News and Form

Brazil have looked solid and steady throughout their 2108 World Cup campaign. Granted they haven’t had everything their own way as they only managed a 1-1 draw against Switzerland and struggled to break down Costa Rica in the group stage. But they have gotten better with each passing match and Neymar is doing the same. Take out his antics he is undoubtedly one of the most influential players in the game and he is the driving force behind Brazil. With the bulk of the other big teams having fallen by the wayside early, Brazil are the front-runners to get their hands on the title this summer. Going back to Neymar, he is going to be worth a look at 13/10 odds in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). Brazil are on a three-match winning streak then at the moment and haven’t lost a game since the start of September 2017, that’s a fourteen match stretch with wins in ten of them. Brazil v Belgium World Cup 2018 Infographic The Brazilians have won their last three games by a 2-0 scoreline after taking out Mexico in the last round and there’s a nice little trend. A Brazil 2-0 correct score option is at 9/1 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). The big asset of Brazil which gets overlooked is just how well-drilled and organised their defence is. They have conceded in just three of their last fourteen games for a total of four goals. Backing a Brazil clean sheet can be done for 13/8 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). You look at how well they handled the quick attack of Mexico their round of sixteen tussles and you can picture them being alright against Belgium. The only difference is that the Belgians have a big centre-forward in Romley Lukaku that the Brazilian defence is going to have to deal with. They had a slow start to the tournament, but they are getting better all the time and the form that they have behind them just suggests that they are going to take some stopping. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Belgium News and Form

Belgium found themselves in a much tougher fight in the round of sixteen against Japan than they ever thought that they would be. They were 2-0 down against the Blue Samurai in the second half. That prompted the Red Devils to hit the panic button and just go the direct route as they fired balls forward. It worked as they turned things around and Nacer Chadli popped up in stoppage time to give Belgium a 3-2 on a quick breakaway after a late Japan corner. There are times at this tournament has the Belgians just haven’t looked a cohesive unit and they struggle to look like a team. If they play as poorly as they did against Japan against Brazil then they are going to be in for a pretty harsh lesson about teamwork. Belgium have their assets, being able to break quickly and the presence of Romelu Lukaku and both teams to score is at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) if you wanted to back Belgium getting on the scoresheet. Belgium have shown plenty of scoring power, granted, with at least three goals netted in three for their four games at the tournament. But they haven’t met a really good defence to be fair to them so that should dial them back. The Belgians have won their last six games in a row and just like Brazil, there are on a long undefeated sequence which stretches back to September last year. Going back to the scoring threat that the Red Devils have they have netted at least three goals in five of their last six games now but they are going to have their work cut out for them against Brazil’s defence. We are still looking over 2.5 goals at even money though* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). Belgium have their match winners like Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku should play a bit part in this, roughing up the Brazilian defence. In their last ten games, Belgium have posted a W8 D2 record but the only notable sides they faced were Mexico and Portugal (draws) and then their second string taking on England’s second string in the group stage.

Brazil v Belgium Head to Head

Brazil are certainly dominating the head to head against Belgium having won each of the four previous meetings between the two sides. The one competitive match that they have previously played was at the 2002 World Cup with Brazil collecting a 2-0 win.

Brazil v Belgium Betting Odds*

Brazil 11/10 Draw 12/5 Belgium 5/2 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 2nd, 2018 at 6:04 p.m.)

Brazil v Belgium Predictions

Although the antics of Neymar has grabbed most of the headlines about Brazil, the defence that the Selecao has is highly impressive. It is organised and solid and just doesn't give up many chances at all. They are getting better and they should be able to see off the Belgians who look more like a collection of individuals than a team.  
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England v Colombia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

England v Colombia - World Cup 2018
England v Colombia Betting Prediction - World Cup 2018 3rd July - 7.00 p.m The South Americans were the toughest opposition that England could have landed themselves against in the round of sixteen and it has happened. The benefit though is that if England can pull through this game then the draw favours them to reach the semi-finals. Colombia are going to be no pushover as they are capable of a very strong performance. But they are more conservative than England, so will the positive attacking threat of the Three Lions win the day? Read our England v Colombia predictions to find out how we think this game is going to go.

England News and Form

England have shown, at least in their first two performances of the 2018 World cup that they can be a force to be reckoned with. Granted easier tests against Tunisia and Panama don't prove a lot and as they put out a reserve side against Belgium's reserves in the final group stage match, it was hard to get anything from that. So this will be England’s first real test of the World Cup and they may have to show some patience in breaking down a strong side. Their rested stronger starters have the chance to snap straight back into action and really there shouldn’t be any drama of them losing that game against Belgium. Harry Kane is on a mission towards the World Cup 2018 Golden Boot with a five-goal haul so far and Kane is the 6/5 anytime goalscorer favourite at bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 29th, 2018 at 9:43 p.m.). England are solely going to be reliant on him for goals as it’s hard to see where the backup support is going to come from. England v Colombia World Cup 2018 Infographic England were on a twelve match undefeated streak of form before that loses against Belgium, winning four in a row. It is not a game that you can take anything from though and even though England ends up with the tougher round of sixteen tie (it could have been Japan) the Three Lions have to win games regardless of who is in front of them. England are a far more positive side than Colombia are but we only see a success for the Three Lions in this game being by a one-goal margin at 5/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 29th, 2018 at 9:43 p.m.). England haven’t been past the round of sixteen since beating Ecuador in 2006. They arrived in Russia with the third youngest squad and this is where they are going to be put to the test. The one concern for them is that they didn't keep a clean sheet in that group stage. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Colombia News and Form

It has been a bit of an odd tournament for Colombia. Things got off to a bad start as they picked up a red card in the first five minutes of their opener against Japan which they lost 2-1. Then they looked like world beaters in taking out a very poor Poland side 3-0 and then they were in a strangely mutated final game against Senegal, Colombia winning 1-0. So that is back to back clean sheets for them and under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 19/40 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 29th, 2018 at 9:43 p.m.) and that makes for a very good England v Colombia prediction. Things are going to get tense now in the knockout stage of the competition as teams don’t want to throw anything away. During their qualification for the World Cup, Colombia were a stronger defensive side than an offensive side. They have taken four wins in their last twelve games which isn’t hot form (D4 L3) so England will have their chances here. Los Cafeteros will show defensive strength and organisation and they have conceded in just one of their last five games so another good Colombia v England prediction is both teams not to score is at 8/13 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 29th, 2018 at 9:43 p.m.). Colombia are not the most prolific side in attack, averaging around a goal per game in qualification and they have scored just the five goals in their last five games and three of those were in that win over Poland. Radamel Falcao is their big hero up front and he is at 6/1 in the first goalscorer market but England’s youthful defence could be ok against his ageing legs. Colombia's main man James Rodriguez is a doubt for this one, and England’s cause with further if he doesn't make it.

England v Colombia Head to Head

England and Colombia have met five times before with England never having lost against the South Americans. They have won three and drawn two against Colombia and their includes their 1998 World Cup success against them by a 2-0 scoreline. England have kept a clean sheet in three of their five previous games against Los Cafeteros.

England v Colombia Betting Odds*

England 11/10 Draw 23/10 Colombia 3/1 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 29th, 2018 at 9:43 p.m.)

England v Colombia Predictions

We see England getting through this but only but the one goal margin and that is our England v Colombia prediction. Colombia haven’t been in the greatest of form and one good performance against Poland doesn’t make them a tremendous threat. England, as long as they stick to what has been working for them, can get through this.  
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Sweden v Switzerland Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Sweden v Switzerland- World Cup 2018
Sweden v Switzerland Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 3rd July - 3.00 p.m There doesn't look as if there is going to be too much to choose between these two at the end of the day in this round of sixteen clash at the 2018 World Cup. Sweden battled their way to top spot in their group, totally against the odds because of the demise of Germany. Switzerland though remained unbeaten in their group, finishing second behind Brazil. A place in the quarter final against either Colombia or England awaits. Our Sweden v Switzerland prediction sees value in backing the underdogs.

Sweden News and Form

The Swedes were only the third favourites to get out of their group behind Germany and Mexico, but they prevailed. Not only did they get through but they won the group which was a big thing for them because they avoided Brazil in the round of sixteen. Sweden opened in muted fashion in beating South Korea 1-0 thanks to a penalty from Andreas Granqvist who does have a couple of goals in the tournament so far and is at 6/1 odds in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from July 1st, 2018 at 8:05 p.m.). Then they were really deserving of a point against Germany but ended up conceding a losing goal in the 95th minute which was a tough blow for them. To their credit though they didn’t let it get them down as they came out in their final group stage match with qualification still on the line and thumped Mexico 3-0 to top the group. Sweden v Switzerland World Cup 2018 Infographic All but one of the goals that Sweden have netted at the 2018 World Cup have been in the second half of matches, so for our Sweden v Switzerland predictions were are looking at the half time draw at bet365. We don't see this being an expansive contest, not the way that these two play and with what is at stake. Under 1.5 goals is well worth a look at 11/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 1st, 2018 at 8:05 p.m.) because both of these will probably err on the side of caution understandably. We have seen the pressure get to the likes of Spain and Croatia who failed to play well in the round of sixteen. Sweden have not been further than the round of sixteen since their third-place finish at USA ‘94. Sweden are W2 D2 L2 in their last six games but that dramatic defeat against Germany is their only loss in five. They have a direct style, they are a big physical side and after the confidence of the big win over Mexico, they will be in this. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Switzerland News and Form

Pretty much everyone expected Switzerland to lose their opening game against Brazil, but the Swiss dug in their and played out a 1-1 draw. They stayed competitive and organised and got their bonus point in the group. They have their backs against the wall in their second match against Serbia having to come from a goal down and only netting a winner deep into stoppage time to put themselves in the frame for qualification. They rounded up the group stage campaign with a 2-2 draw against Costa Rica but it was enough to get them into second place because of Serbia’s defeat against Brazil in their final game. So they have shown some fighting spirit but they will be concerned about not having earned a clean sheet. Despite that we are going with both teams not to score at 8/13 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 1st, 2018 at 8:05 p.m.) for this one though because of the situation. The last time that Switzerland made it beyond the round of 16 at a World Cup was their quarter-final run in 1954 which was on home soil. Switzerland are currently on six-match undefeated streak and in that run of games they have taken a W3 D3 record but they do have only the one clean sheet in their last five played. Switzerland don’t look a major threat going forward they really don’t have world-class striker up front to deliver the goals for them but they will be taking on a Sweden side who did ship a lot of chances during their group stage campaign. While that is something that should spur on the Swiss, you wonder if at the end of the day they have enough to capitalise against a rocky defence? It is Sweden's Marcus Berg who is the 13/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 1st, 2018 at 8:05 p.m.) favorite in the first goalscorer market for this game. The Swiss are on a good nine-match undefeated streak and have lost one of their last 13 and again this should be tight.

Sweden v Switzerland Head to Head

This will be the first meeting between Sweden and Switzerland since 2002 when they played out a 1-1 friendly draw. Switzerland are 13-8 up in the head to head with Sweden but the Swedes are unbeaten in their last three against the Swiss (W1 D2). Both teams have scored in just one of the last three meetings between them. This will be their first meeting at World Cup Finals.

Sweden v Switzerland Betting Odds*

Switzerland 17/10 Draw 2/1 Sweden 21/10 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 1st, 2018 at 8:05 p.m.)

Sweden v Switzerland Predictions

It would not be a surprise to see this go through to extra time because there doesn’t look to be anything between them. Sweden they take their chance of quick breaks from long balls but Switzerland are a well organised side, just lacking a bit of quality up front. We do like the determination and spirit Sweden have shown and they did have Germany under pressure in the group stage and so we are going with a Sweden to qualify prediction at even money odds.  
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