Round of 16 Betting Tips, Odds and Preview
Winner Group C v Runner-Up Group D – 1 July, 12am AEST – Kazan Arena, Kazan
Winner Group A v Runner-Up Group B – 1 July, 4am AEST – Fisht Stadium, Sochi
Winner Group B v Runner-Up Group A – 2 July, 12am AEST – Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Winner Group D v Runner-Up Group C – 2 July, 4am AEST – Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Winner Group E v Runner-Up Group F – 3 July, 12am AEST – Cosmos Arena, Samara
Winner Group G v Runner-Up Group H – 3 July, 4am AEST – Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Winner Group F v Runner-Up Group E – 4 July, 12 am AEST – Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Winner Group H v Runner-Up Group G, 4 July, 4am AEST – Spartak Stadium, Moscow
As all football fans know, anything can happen in the group stages of the World Cup. The way the draw has been made and the form of some of the teams heading into the Russian summer means we expect a few surprises in the early stages of the tournament but it’s only going to get more exciting as we head to the Round of 16.
There are a host of potentially massive games awaiting us in the first set of knockout fixtures. The biggest match-up would come if either Brazil or Germany finished second in their group but they’re both heavy odds-on favourites to win their three group stage matches.
The runners-up of Group B (likely to be Egypt or Russia) will likely face a match against SPain while France could well be pitted against Argentina or Croatia. As for the Socceroos, they’ll face the winners of the very competitive Group D if Bert van Marwijk manages to steer them through in second place.
Finally, the matches between the teams who qualify from Groups G and H could be very entertaining. There is no guarantee of an easier draw for finishing top of Group G so England and Belgium are in for tough assignments should they progress.
Betting Odds for the Round of 16
As our previews of the group stage games suggest, there is every chance that some well fancied teams will miss out on the Round of 16. We think Argentina, Switzerland and Portugal look particularly vulnerable and their potential failure throws up some interesting betting odds.
Morocco look a good bet to get into the Round of 16 at anything around $4.00 while Nigeria ($4.00 to qualify) could be the side to capitalise on any poor performances by Argentina. Serbia are another side who look too big for a Round of 16 berth at around even money while a bet on Senegal to qualify out of Group H could pay off at a similar price.
Many people believe that sport and politics should be kept completely separate but it doesn’t always work out that way. Look at England and Argentina for example. The two nations have a rocky history in terms of politics while their rivalry on the football pitch is every bit as intense.
This footballing rivalry includes Diego Maradona’s ‘hand of God’, David Beckham gaining redemption from the penalty spot and the Round of 16 classic from 1998 that had it all.