The 2018 FIFA World Cup is heading into the Quarter-Finals, as the best eight national teams left in the competition continues their battle for the champions of the world title. We saw one huge upset in the Round of 16 where the hosts Russia overcame Spain after the penalty shootout, while the other results were more or less expected.
The Quarter-Finals starts this Friday, July 6th, 2018, when in the left side of the bracket Uruguay meets France and Brazil faces Belgium, while on the other side of the bracket the matches are set for Saturday, July 7th, 2018, when Sweden meets England and Russia locks horns with Croatia. The latest winners odds update is ready on BetDSI Sportsbook, so let’s take a closer look at all contenders to beat the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
2018 World Cup Winners Odds Update – Quarter-Finals
|Brazil +275||France +400||England +400|
|Croatia +600||Belgium +600||Uruguay +1600|
|Russia +2000||Sweden +2500|
It seems like Brazil is slowly building up the form, and after some unconvincing displays in the Group E, Selecao has easily beaten Mexico 2-0 in the Round of 16. Brazil’s defense works very well throughout the tournament, but their attacking flow was an issue in the group stage, while in the clash against the Mexicans, it finally looked solid as Selecao could easily bag a couple of more behind Guillermo Ochoa’s back. The playmaker Philippe Coutinho is having a good tournament so far, Neymar is improving his form, so Brazil should be even more dangerous in the next game.
Brazil is in the arguably tougher side of the bracket, facing Belgium in the Quarter-Final as a +110 favorite, while the potential rival in the Semi-Finals is France or Uruguay. It means that Brazil will have to eliminate a couple of heavyweights to reach the Final, but if they continue to get better, the five-time World Cup champions could add another crown to their collection.
France played a tremendous game with Argentina in the Round of 16, beating the defending vice-champions 4-3 after trailing 2-1 at the start of the second half, but the Blues have shown great character, while the 19-year old wunderkind Kylian Mbappe was amazing, scoring a remarkable brace and earning a penalty kick. Didier Deschamps’ boys had some problems at the back, allowing plenty of chances in front of Hugo Lloris while attacking movement was excellent. The playmaker Paul Pogba finally had a good day in the office, showing why he’s one of the most expensive players on the market.
The Blues will have a difficult task in the Quarter-Final clash against sturdy Uruguay side where they are set as +100 favorites by the bookmakers, while in the Semi-Finals the Blues could meet Brazil or Belgium, so the road looks pretty bumpy for the one-time World Cup champions from 1998.
The Three Lions were on the verge of elimination against Colombia in the last 16, but they’ve managed to win after the penalty shootout, although England’s made the first miss. Their performance wasn’t impressive at all, scoring once more from the penalty spot, for the third time at 2018 World Cup so far, while just a few dangerous scoring chances for 120 minutes of soccer certainly cannot satisfied the manager Gareth Southgate. On the other side, the defensive work looked nice which should an encouraging fact ahead of the Quarter-Finals.
England meets Sweden in the last eight as a clear -110 favorite to win the clash, while in the Semi-Finals, the Three Lions could meet Croatia or Russia, so this seems like a huge chance for Gareth Southgate’s team to reach the Final after a 52-year drought.
The Blazers is having a wonderful tournament so far, but they were very lucky to eliminate Denmark in the Round of 16 after a penalty shootout. The goalie Danijel Subasic was Croatia’s hero with three penalties saved, leading his team to the 2018 World Cup Quarter-Finals where Croatia will face the hosts Russia as a +120 favorite. The clash with Sbornaya should be crucial for the Blazers, as they will need to be mentally strong to outplay the host nation, and the potential victory could give them huge energy boost ahead of the final matches.
Croatia possesses an outstanding midfield with Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic onwards, while wingers Ivan Perisic and Ante Rebic both are playing in an excellent form. The Blazers’ defense is still the key factor, and as long as they play responsibly at the back, Croatia will stand a chance to beat the 2018 World Cup.
The Red Devils are playing an attacking soccer, always pushing forward with at least six players in the final third, but their defensive job is a big problem that could cost them a great success at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. With three players at the back, Belgium suffered against Japan in the previous round as a -250 favorite, earning a 3-2 victory in the dying seconds of the match, so the Red Devils will have to make some changes or they will be blown out by Selecao in the Quarter-Final.
Belgium will be a +275 underdog to beat Brazil, while -133 odds are set on Red Devils to avoid the loss after 90 minutes, so it would be the toughest challenge so far for Roberto Martinez’s boys. The eventual rival in the Semi-Final could be France or Uruguay which means there’s no easy way for Belgium here.
La Celeste is playing the best defense at this FIFA World Cup, conceding just one goal in the previous four matches, as their movement at the back is simply incredible. The centre-back duo Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez are orchestrating the back line, while the midfielders are mostly doing a dirty job. Uruguay has some problems with the creativity in the middle of the park, but with Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani at the front, La Celeste is capable of scoring against any opponent in the world.
Uruguay will be a +360 out-of-towner against France in the Quarter-Finals, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they find the way to somehow beat the Blues with their sturdy defense. However, it will be a surprise if they manage to overcome another heavyweight opponent in the Semi-Final.
The hosts made a massive upset in the Round of 16, beating the one-time champion Spain after the penalty shootout, despite the fact that Russia couldn’t create any dangerous opportunities in the final third. However, Sbornaya is battling bravely in this tournament, playing some good defense, and trying to make some damage through quick counter-attacks, while having a huge support from the home audience. They are a limited team at the front, but on a home soil, everything looks possible.
Sbornaya will be a +300 underdog against Croatia in the Quarter-Final, whilst the bookies set -143 odds on Russia to avoid the loss. If hosts find the way past the Blazers, the potential rival in the next round wouldn’t be so scary, so the bettors should keep eyes on Stanislav Cherchesov’s team.
The Blue-Yellow relies on a strong defensive wall, attacking mostly on a counter, and for the time being, it works perfectly for Janne Andersson’s side. Sweden’s manager insists on a rigid 4-4-2 formation with a couple of physically strong players at the front, as Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen both are playing very well at the 2018 World Cup so far. The playmaker Emil Forsberg was exceptional in a 1-0 victory over Switzerland in the Round of 16, while the captain Andreas Granqvist is a pure defensive rock.
Similar to Russia, the Blue-Yellow is a limited side, but their teamwork is remarkable which is always an advantage in big games. Sweden certainly stands a chance against England in the Quarter-Final, although the price is +375 on Blue-Yellow to grab a win, while -110 odds are set on Sweden to stay unbeaten after the regular time.
My Pick: Belgium (+600) or Brazil (+275)