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World Cup down to the elite eight: Best ways to wager on the quarterfinals

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The World Cup is down to its elite eight, with the quarterfinals kicking off on July 6 and 7. If you’re betting the “Beautiful Game” at Russia 2018, here’s a quick glance at the four quarterfinal matchups and the best way to bet  odds for online gambling on the remaining World Cup contests.

Uruguay (+175) vs. France (-225)

France won a wild one with Argentina in the Round of 16, getting past with a 4-3 victory. On one hand, the French dominated the pace of the match and Mbappe was especially impressive in the win. On the other, Argentina nearly stole the victory despite being a far inferior team.

Uruguay defeated Portugal 2-1 in the Round of 16 and has been quietly among the finest teams in the tournament, rolling through Group A undefeated including a win over Russia, which went on to stun Spain in the knockout phase. Uruguay is physically imposing and has been drum tight on defense. They may be out matched in firepower but should do enough to keep this close. The Under 2.5 (-211) looks like the proper play.

Brazil (-188) vs. Belgium (+150)

This should be one of the most entertaining games of the entire tournament – should be. Brazil is rounding into form after a slow start to group play, offing Mexico 2-0 in the Round of 16 and scoring two goals in each of their past three games. Still, it feels like this squad hasn’t hit its full potential. Gabriel Jesus has yet to live up to his pre-tournament hype, and Brazil just hasn’t played a complete 90 minutes.

They get a Belgium squad thanking its lucky stars for overcoming a 2-0 hole to Japan in the Round of 16, scoring three straight – including a game winner in injury time – to squeak into the quarterfinals. Lukaku has four goals for his home country and will draw the ire of Brazil’s stout back line. Don’t be surprised if Belgium suffers a bit of a letdown, at least in the opening 45 minutes. Take Brazil to lead at the break.

Russia (+150) vs. Croatia (-188)

Russia pulled an all-time upset when it edged Spain in penalty kicks in the Round of 16. The host nation showed flashes of brilliance in the group stage but appeared to be out of their depth when playing quality teams. They did well to limit such a dangerous Spanish squad, but let’s be honest: Spain was far from dominating in group play and got caught snoozing versus a motivated Russia side.

Croatia was in tough against a strong Denmark team that countered their physicality. They just got in on penalty kicks, remaining undefeated for the tournament after sweeping the group stage. Croatia has one of the best midfields in the tournament and a proven group of finishers who scored seven goals in the three group stage contests. Getting Croatia under two dollars to advance looks like a gift.

England (-250) vs. Sweden (+200)

England almost let a sure victory slip away versus Colombia, allowing their opponents to notch the tying goal in injury time then needing help from the woodwork in penalty kicks. But, here they are. The Three Lions have a perhaps the softest path to the final – after Spain’s departure – but can they stay out of their own way this time around?

Sweden knocked off the Swiss with a 1-0 win in the Round of 16, scoring the go-ahead goal in the second half. The Swedes have been one of the more patient teams, picking up five of their total six goals in the second half of their matches. For those looking for an edge in this one, a 0-0 draw at halftime may be the best way to wager.

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