World Cup 2018 quarter-finals. Preview, odds

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Uruguay – France

The quarter-finals of the World Cup 2018 start in Nizhny Novgorod with a match that should become an intriguing tactical clash between two teams with highly different styles. Uruguay are seen more well-knit and organized team. Although both coaches can count on their world-class stars, Oscar Tabares has an understanding within the team, which is not always observed in French national team under Didier Deschamps.

The latest World Cup odds from top bookmakers:

Uruguay
4.50
X
3.10
France
2.05

 

Belgium – Brazil

Friday evening’s match in Volgograd looks the most intriguing in the quarter-finals. Eternal favorites – the Brazilians against high-speed Belgians, who scored the most goals at the tournament. It will be interesting to see what line-up Roberto Martinez chooses versus Brazil. Both Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli can hope for an appearance in the starting lineup after they turned the game against Japan upside down.

Brazil were the only side in the last 16, who beat their opponent by more than one goal, but so far in this regard, South Americans have failed to impress. Only 7 scored goals at the tournament. In comparison, Belgium have scored 12 times.

The latest World Cup odds from top bookmakers:

Brazil
2.10
X
3.40
Belgium
3.60

England – Sweden

After disappointing Euro-2016, head coach Janne Andersson has turned Sweden into an unbelievable functional side, who are very hard to defeat. They have won over Portugal, France and Italy over the past two years and they topped the group where Germany were the obvious favorite.

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Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

England have reasons to be worried. They have struggled to repeat their brilliant style, shown at the open match versus Tunisia, but in matches against more difficult opponents they failed to succeed it.

The latest World Cup odds from top bookmakers:

Sweden
4.60
X
3.25
England
1.90

Croatia – Russia

Having overcome the last 16, Russia begin to believe in the impossible. Given the lack of optimism about the performance of the team before the start of the tournament, the hosts have already done their best, so that for them any outcome could be considered a great achievement.

By the way, Croatia failed to impress in the last 16. Zlatko Dalic’s men looked very impressive in the group stage, but against Denmark they seemed to have been replaced. Russia’s manager Cherchesov should take note of how the Danes resisted Croatia, neutralizing its midfield leaders Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

The latest World Cup odds from top bookmakers:

Russia
3.80
X
3.00
Croatia
2.20

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