The quarterfinal matches are set for the next round of play in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals.
Leading things off on Saturday, Oz time, Uruguay will take on France, followed by Brazil versus Belgium.
The following day, Sweden takes on England, and then Russia meets Croatia.
The winners of those four matches will earn a berth in the semifinals on July 11 and July 12, followed by the play-off for third place by the losers of the semis and culminating with the final on Monday.
France is heavily favoured on the website of Ladbrokes, quoted at $1.95 to Uruguay’s price of $4.50. If the 2018 World Cup has shown us, however, rankings and odds mean nothing when it comes to football. One thing is relatively certain and if there was a punting market for it and we were punters, the bet would be to back France to not play the way they did against Demark in Group play, where both sides knew they were through and put on a game that would have had us clamouring for a refund.
The match between Brazil and Belgium shows Brazil priced at $2.10 to Belgium’s $3.55, although it is hard to determine if that leaning is due to the fact that Brazil is, well, Brazil.
England is heavily favoured over Sweden, $1.90 to $4.60, but the Three Lions needed a penalty kick miracle to get to this stage, so there is no sort of assurance supplied by those odds.
For Russia, the tournament has provided them with the best possible quarterfinal, perhaps, as they will face Croatia as slight underdogs, priced at $3.75 to $2.20 for Croatia, so that will be the do-not-miss match of the quarters, although we do not plan on missing any of them, provided the chief of the household does not commandeer the best telly to watch the tennis.
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