At the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Round of 16 produced several thrilling finishes, including three penalty kick shootout winners (Russia, Croatia, and England), and a last-minute goal in stoppage time to complete Belgium’s comeback from an 0-2 hole over Japan.
When the dust settled on the opening round of the Knockout Stage, just eight teams remained in contention as the World Cup quarterfinals begin. And as always, online sportsbook Bovada has futures odds on each survivor winning the Cup, along with their chances in the upcoming quarterfinals.
Check the match capsules below for a primer on Friday’s pair of quarterfinal contests, and odds on both the quarterfinals and winning the whole World Cup:
France vs. Uruguay
These two teams are polar opposites in more ways than one, making their quarterfinal matchup a fitting conclusion to their respective World Cup journeys.
France, which won the Cup in 1998 and finished as runners-up in 2006, are led by 19-year old scoring phenom Kylian Mbappé. With two sensational goals to lead Les Bleus past Lionel Messi and Argentina in the previous round, Mbappé has stormed his way into the Golden Boot discussion.
Uruguay won two Cups between 1930 and 1950, but missed the tournament altogether in three of the previous six editions. The scoring in last round’s 2-1 win over Portugal was left exclusively to Edinson Cavani, a 31-year old veteran playing in perhaps his last World Cup. That result marked the first goal surrendered by Uruguay through the entire tournament too, continuing the team’s defensive mastery.
It’s youth versus experience, and offense against defense in this one. But the bookmakers are leaning heavily toward France here in three-way betting, as Les Bleus are (-105) favorites to Uruguay (+355), with the 90-minute regulation draw offering (+220).
The numbers are similar on Cup-winner odds as well, with France the second-favorite at (+400), and Uruguay in 6th of 8 at (+1400).
Brazil vs. Belgium
Belgium’s thrilling last-minute goal to complete a two-goal comeback versus Japan provided the Cup-defining highlight thus far. Even so, the Red Devils entered the match as huge (+850) favorites in three-way betting, so falling behind 2-0 wasn’t exactly an encouraging sign.
Brazil didn’t break a sweat while beating Mexico 2-0, the same score by which El Seleção has defeated its last three opponents (Costa Rica and Serbia). Scoring sensation Neymar has only found the net on one occasion, however, and that came in the very last minute in a match that was already decided.
With Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku sitting on four goals thus far, Neymar will need to step his scoring up in what many expect to be a frenetic, back-and-forth offensive battle.
Belgium comes in as (+270) underdogs to Brazil (+110), with a draw priced at (+240).
And of course, five-time Cup champion Brazil is the consensus (+300) favorite to add a sixth. Belgium, meanwhile, is offering (+550) to claim the Cup for the first time in its history.
See the table below to find the latest futures betting odds, as posted by Bovada, for the eight remaining World Cup contenders:
Odds to Win the 2018 FIFA World Cup
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