Quarter-Finals Betting Tips, Odds and Preview
Round of 16 Winner 1 v Round of 16 Winner 2 – 7 July, 12am – Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Round of 16 Winner 5 v Round of 16 Winner 6 – 7 July, 4am – Kazan Arena, Kazan
Round of 16 Winner 7 v Round of 16 Winner 8 – 8 July, 12am – Cosmos Arena, Samara
Round of 16 Winner 3 v Round of 16 Winner 4 – 8 July, 4am – Fisht Stadium, Sochi
Possible Match Ups
By the time we reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup the remaining eight teams have hit their stride. They’ve navigated the challenge of the group stage and then come through potentially nerve wracking Round of 16 ties but the pressure gets turned up a level at this point.
The draw suggests we should be in line for some absolutely cracking quarter-finals across two days of action in Russia. The potential for England and Germany to meet in Samara is hugely exciting as it a possible match between France and Uruguay. Brazil could well be pushed all the way by Belgium while Spain could be taking on Australia should the Socceroos find a way through the Round of 16.
Betting Odds for the Quarter-Finals
Those patriotic punters who believe that Bert van Marwijk’s World Cup experience will see the Socceroos through to the quarter-finals can back them at around $17 to do so. That may be punting with your heart over your head though.
The favourites to reach the quarter finals are Brazil ($1.50), Germany ($1.50), France ($1.53), and Spain ($1.57). Those four should all have enough to finish top of their respective groups and make it through their Round of 16 encounters but you’re not going to make much of a profit backing them. Those of you looking for a little more return from your betting should consider Uruguay as they offer more appeal at a general $2.50.
Many people believe that Lionel Messi is the footballer the world has ever seen. Those who disagree claim that he will always fall short of Diego Maradona unless he can guide Argentina to World Cup glory like Maradona did in 1986.
There was a huge amount to love about the way that Maradona played football. Like Messi he was incredibly comfortable with the ball at his feet and had a wand of a left foot. There was a dark side to Maradona though and he showed both sides to his character in the quarter-final with England. Maradona beguiled with the ‘Goal of the Century’ but also scored the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal that will forever live in football’s history.