After an exciting group stage, qualified teams are ready to play their first knock-out stage clashes.
World Cup enters its last-16 round after a host of major surprises in the group stage.
Germany and Belgium suffered early exits, while Asian teams got the world by surprise.
As we prepare for the first knock-out games of the World Cup, let’s take a look at 3 betting tips for the round of 16 matches.
Don’t expect goals when Japan take on Croatia
Japan sealed a last-16 spot with stunning comebacks against Germany and Spain.
The Samurai Blues will take on Croatia, who qualified with two draws and a win in the group stage.
We expect Croatia to push for victory in the upcoming match. However, their poor attacking, combined with Japan’s solid defence, suggest they won’t have an easy time scoring against the Asian giants.
On the other hand, Japan will most likely continue their smash-and-grab strategy against the World Cup runner-ups.
Back England to beat Senegal
England remained unbeaten in the group stage as they qualified for the last-16 round ahead of England in Group B.
The Three Lions will take on Senegal, who’ve become better and better in playing without Sadio Mane recently.
We expect Senegal to maintain their attacking edge against England too. However, the Three Lions’ superior firepower will most likely be enough to secure them a quarter-final spot against Senegal.
The African champions’ backline is too unstable to prevent England from finding chances in the upcoming game.
Goals likely on both sides when Spain take on Morocco
Spain claimed a spot in the last-16 round as the Group E runner-ups.
La Roja will now take on Morocco, who won Group F with brilliant performances.
Spain’s attacking displays in the tournament have shown their ability to create chances, even against the most compact backlines.
We expect them to score against Morocco. However, the Atlas Lions’ incredible form and their deadly counterattacks convince us that they will also find the back of the net, at least once, on Tuesday.