By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 6th July 2018
With the fixtures for the World Cup quarter-finals decided, we’ve picked out one great punt from each of the four matches. Here are the some of the best bets at the current World Cup quarter finals odds.
Uruguay vs France odds – Luis Suarez to score two or more is our prediction at 17/2
Uruguay would’ve fancied their chances against a French defence that looked vulnerable in the last round, conceding three goals to Argentina.
However, Edinson Cavani is a huge fitness doubt having not trained after a suspected hamstring issue and Luis Suarez limped out of training on Tuesday evening.
Whilst Uruguay continue to sweat on Cavani’s fitness, Suarez returned to training and will be available to play.
El Pistolero has form scoring when regarded as an injury doubt. His brace against England at the 2014 World Cup that sent them crashing out of the group stages was his first game back from surgery.
Amazingly, the Barcelona forward who has played 638 games in his career has remarkably missed only six games through injury.
Suarez knows France’s centre-backs Samuel Umtiti and Raphael Varane well and our betting tips suggest that will be to his advantage.
Brazil vs Belgium odds – Tite’s samba boys to keep a clean sheet at 13/8
While Belgium’s poor defensive record is illustrated by them shipping twice each to Tunisia and Japan at this tournament. By comparison Seleção‘s defence is a bastion of organisation and good tactical structure.
Tite has drilled his side into a cohesive unit, not conceding a single goal since their World Cup opener against Switzerland. Brazil have kept an extraordinary 19 clean sheets in the former Corinthians coach’s 25 games in charge.
Even though they boast fantastic individual quality defensively with players like Miranda, Thiago Silva and Casemiro, it is Brazil’s structure and resilience that stands out compared to every other side.
For a Belgium side whose much hyped attack failed to break down the Japanese until resorting to desperate route-one football, breaking down Seleção could prove to be the impossible task.
Sweden vs England odds – Under 1.5 goals is our pick at 6/4
This tie could prove to be a war of attrition given the two sides’s inability to create clear cut chances.
Harry Kane’s striking partner Raheem Sterling has been unable to transfer his form from Manchester City to the national team – with his last goal for England coming over a thousand days ago.
Sweden striker Marcus Berg – who was their top scorer in qualifying – has had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, the most of any player to fail to score this tournament.
The Swedes have scored nine goals in their last 11 games whilst England have (that 6-0 against Panama aside) a lowly nine goals in nine games.
With under 2.5 goals is slightly short at the betting at 4/9, it’s worth taking a punt on under 1.5 goals at more attractive odds of 6/4.
Russia vs Croatia odds – 1st half result – draw betting at 14/5
There has been an extraordinary trend occurring during the knock-out ties that has culminated with this incredible statistic from the past round:
During the round of 16, seven of the eight fixtures were all square at half-time. The exception being Uruguay vs Portugal which saw the South Americans lead 1-0 at the break.
Our prediction is that this will happen again in the clash between Croatia and the host nation. This could be a bet to bear in mind across the World Cup quarter finals odds.
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about many different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Sport Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.