England Are 10/1 To Beat Colombia On Penalties

Updated Thursday 21st February 2019, 11:39 AM

As the 2018 World Cup reaches the Round of 16 stage, the tournament has bid farewell to star-studded reigning champions Germany, along with the likes of Mo Salah and Robert Lewandowski, as Egypt and Poland were among the teams to crash out at the group stages.

Attention now turns to the knockout stages, with teams setting the quarter-finals in their sights. England have impressed so far in the Russian sunshine, despite slipping up against Belgium, with five-goal Harry Kane still in the mix for the prestigious Golden Boot.

The hopes of Argentina and Portugal progressing from the Round of 16 appear to rest on the shoulders of the world’s two greatest players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Meanwhile, the all-Latin American affair between Brazil and Mexico is an intriguing match-up.

We’ve previewed some key matches from the Round of 16 below and provided some tips for bets that could be worth taking.

France v Argentina

  • Saturday 30th June, 15:00 GMT

Despite topping Group C unbeaten, with narrow victories over Australia and Peru followed by an uninspiring scoreless draw against group runners-up Denmark, France are yet to set this tournament alight with the attacking flair we all know they possess. Their two wins so far have both come by a single goal, and despite reaching the Round of 16 for the second successive World Cup, they might need to raise their game against Argentina.

Atlético Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann is 9/2 with Ladbrokes to open the scoring for Les Bleus at the Kazan Arena, with the same bookmaker offering odds of 5/1 for both teams to score and under 2.5 goals. France manager Didier Deschamps will be a man under pressure to deliver the goods for this proud footballing nation, with his players 5/2 to win and keep a clean sheet.

It’s been a similar story for an underperforming Argentinian squad, packed with world-class talent going forward but often found wanting at the back in this tournament. Goalkeeper Willy Caballero was dropped following a clanger that paved the way for Croatia’s 3-0 rout over La Albiceleste, and the South Americans are 19/5 to shore up defensively and win without conceding in Kazan.

Head coach Jorge Sampaoli has been animated and energetic from the sidelines all campaign, and with his side needing to improve in all facets of their game, especially in defence, defender Nicolás Otamendi is 13/8 with Ladbrokes to win 4+ tackles. It is a tough game to predict, as reflected by the close betting markets, but if Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain find their range in front of goal, odds of 7/1 for them both to hit the back of the net at any time should offer encouragement to followers of the South Americans.

Type Odds Bet Now
To Score 2 Goals or More
Lionel Messi
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Half Time/Full Time
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Both Teams to Score In First Half
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*Please note, odds may fluctuate

Uruguay v Portugal

  • Saturday 30th June, 19:00 GMT

The Uruguayans have an unblemished record at the World Cup so far, with three successive victories over Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russia, five goals scored, and none conceded. It is the fifth time in World Cup history they’ve topped their group, and their potent strike force of Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani could cause problems for a Portuguese defence that has looked troubled at times in Russia. The duo have scored three of their side’s five tournament goals, and Suárez is 7/2 to be the game’s first goalscorer on Saturday, whilst the same odds can be found for Cavani to score the last goal.

In what might be a tasty affair between two sides renowned for being physical and abrasive, there could be yellow cards aplenty given what is at stake - a quarter-final against France or Argentina. Suarez is set to come up against Portugal’s no-nonsense centre-back Pepe, with 33/1 for both players to receive a red card.

A Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Portugal progressed to the knockout stages after finishing as runners-up in Group B behind Spain. The Real Madrid star currently has four tournament goals to his name, one behind England captain Harry Kane, with odds of 9/2 for Ronaldo to pip his rivals in the race for the prestigious Golden Boot.

Portugal are 20/1 to come from behind to claim victory over Uruguay, and 11/1 to win both halves. Given the vulnerability that both defences have shown in the group stages, this could be a clash decided by which side can keep their discipline and composure in the cauldron of the Fisht Olympic Stadium.

Type Odds Bet Now
Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals
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First Half Correct Score
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Edinson Cavani to score anytime, Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime and the match to be a draw
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*Please note, odds may fluctuate

Brazil v Mexico

  • Monday 2nd July, 15:00 GMT

A colourful clash between two of South America’s most attacking countries sees Brazil come up against Mexico at the Samara Arena for the right to meet Belgium or Japan in the quarter-finals. For all their flair, the Brazilians have cut frustrated and forlorn figures at times in Russia, especially star striker Neymar, who is 11/4 favourite to produce the goods and open the scoring on Monday.

Given Brazil’s World Cup pedigree and the personnel at their disposal, the five-time winners have the knowhow and experience on this stage to cause Mexico problems. Adenor ‘Tite’ Bacchi’s side will be eager to get that all-important first goal in a game of this magnitude and, in what could be an open game given the players on show and the style of the two teams, you can get encouraging odds of 5/2 for there to be 4+ goals and 29/10 for Brazil to win both halves.

Although the Mexicans, known as El Tricolor, will begin as underdogs on Monday afternoon, they’ve already defied the odds in this tournament with the historic 1-0 win over Germany in the group stages. All four teams in Group F were separated by just three points and with Juan Carlos Osorio’s side going through as runners-up to Sweden on goal difference, they’ll dare to dream of causing another upset. Having kept a clean sheet against the eliminated Germans, you can find odds of 11/1 for Mexico to win with a clean sheet and repeat their heroics.

West Ham United forward Javier Hernandez will have a key role to play in leading the line for the Mexicans, and the striker, known as Chicharito, is 8/1 to be the first player to hit the back of the net. You feel like his team will need to score at least once, because Brazil appear to be favourites to reach the quarter-finals for the seventh-consecutive World Cup.

Type Odds Bet Now
Win From Behind
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Match Result and Over 3.5 Goals
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Carlos Vela to score anytime, Brazil to win and over 3.5 goals in the match
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*Please note, odds may fluctuate

How Far Will England Go?

England supporters are dreaming that the Three Lions can finally reach their true potential on the global stage and win the World Cup for the first time since 1966. It has been 50 long years since the late Bobby Moore held the iconic trophy aloft after England beat West Germany 4-2 at the old Wembley. Gareth Southgate’s Class of 2018 are four games away from following in the footsteps of that iconic moment in the history of English football, and with an upcoming date of destiny with Colombia in the Round of 16, how far will England go?

Talk is rife throughout the country of whether this youthful squad, captained by the fearless Harry Kane, can go all the way. They’re 5/4 to reach the semi-finals or further, which they haven’t done so since 1990, but 7/1 to lose the World Cup final. However, for those daring to dream, you can get odds of 10/1 for England to win the World Cup and for Harry Kane to win the Golden Boot. Furthermore, a Brazil vs England final is 12/1, the third favourite offering behind Spain vs Brazil and Spain vs Belgium.

Yet, for all the positivity, England haven’t reached the dizzy heights of the quarter-finals for 12 years, and a tough task awaits against Colombia, with odds of 11/8 for England to be eliminated on Tuesday night. England have a disastrous penalty shoot-out record in major tournaments – think the woe against Italy in 2012, double devastation against Portugal in 2004 and 2006, and heartache against Argentina in 1998.

For the optimists out there, England are 10/1 to rewrite the history books at Moscow’s Otkrytiye Arena and beat Colombia on penalties. If they do, England fans can finally start to believe that football might just be coming home.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 February 2019 11:39:39+00:00
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