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FIFA World Cup Quarterfinal Underdogs, Sleepers and Frontrunners

FIFA World Cup Quarterfinal Underdogs, Sleepers and Frontrunners
We are now in the final two weeks of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and only eight teams remain. Among them is the home team Russia, fresh off pulling last round's biggest upset over Spain. Brazil and France anchor the tougher side of the bracket while Russia contends with the likes of England on the other side. We look at how everything shapes up for the remaining teams.

The Final Eight’s Tournament Odds

Down from 32 teams, the FIFA World Cup has reached the quarterfinal stages following an intense round-of-16 that saw all but one match end by penalties or by one goal. Out of the eight remaining teams, six are European and two are South American with Brazil and France leading the pack.  

We look at each of the final eight teams and give a quick rundown of their path to the World Cup title complete with betting odds. All odds courtesy of Sports Interaction.

The Underdogs

Sweden

Odds To Win FIFA World Cup 2018

+2400

The Swedes are making the most out of their return to the World Cup. They have their best team since their third-place finish in 1994. While the team doesn’t have a talismanic player like England’s Harry Kane (who they face next), they play well as a collective and use sound defence to neutralize even the most potent teams.

If Sweden beats England (+352), they will face the winner of Russia-Croatia in the semis then move on to Finals to take on most likely Brazil or France. Don’t count out Sweden who are reminding everyone that they have reclaimed their football powers.

Russia

Odds To Win FIFA World Cup 2018

+1900

The home team was either vastly underestimated or are overperforming. There might still be plenty of time left for this Cinderella team who face a Croatian team that barely got by Denmark. While it took a miracle save and ill-advised plays from Spain, the Russians find ways to win and have enough scrappiness (and luck) to keep Croatia at bay. 

Russia is +289 to beat Croatia and +215 to take them to extra time/penalties. If they continue to survive, they will take on the winner of England-Sweden, two beatable teams and it’s on to the Finals. Ignore the odds when it comes to Russia. This team shouldn’t be trifled with.

Uruguay

Odds To Win FIFA World Cup 2018

+1400

One of two non-European teams left, Uruguay would have better odds if they didn’t lose top scorer Edinson Cavani to an injury. Uruguay is still one of the better teams without Cavani thanks to a stout defence and solid goalkeeping and has only surrendered one goal throughout the whole tournament. But they need all the help they can get against a loaded French team.

If Uruguay upsets France (+330), they may get Cavani back to face the winner of Brazil-Belgium, two gifted teams. If they beat them and make the Final, they could face Croatia or England barring any upsets on that side of the bracket. 

The Sleepers

Croatia

Odds To Win FIFA World Cup 2018

+580

Croatia blew through the group stage including a 3-0 shellacking of last year’s finalists, Argentina. But they didn’t look quite as hot in their knockout game against Denmark, where they couldn’t score a goal from the fourth-minute onwards. Chalk it up to getting the jitters and playing not to lose. They can’t afford to do that if they are go all the way.

The Croatians are +106 to beat Russia in the quarters. They face the winner of England-Sweden and may be slight underdogs or favourites depending on how the games shake up. In the Finals, they are likely to meet either Brazil or France. A top-three finish is a strong possibility but only if they shake off the nerves.

Belgium

Odds To Win FIFA World Cup 2018

+537

They may not win it all, but the Belgians won everyone’s hearts with their last-second comeback win over Japan. The Red Devils fell behind 2-0 in the second-half but three straight late goals saved them. Their devil-may-care style is exciting but also leaves them prone.

This do-or-die attitude is what makes them a dark horse.

Belgium gets the unenviable task of facing Brazil (+250) in the quarters. If they get past them, they will take on the winner of Uruguay-France, two teams who could also win it all if they are healthy. In the Finals, they are likely to be favourites regardless of who they face.

England

Odds To Win FIFA World Cup 2018

+501

This could finally be the year. England eked by Colombia and will now take on Sweden, a team they are much better than on paper hence why they are the biggest favourites in the quarterfinals at -116. Harry Kane is all but a lock to win the Golden Boot. This English team has all the talent and just need to get over the pressure.

If all goes according to expectations, England should beat Sweden then beat the winner of Croatia-Russia and make their first World Cup Finals berth in half a century. Any team but Brazil and France and England should be the favourite. At 5-1, England backers should bet now.

The Frontrunners

France

Odds To Win FIFA World Cup 2018

+359

Twenty years after their World Cup victory and France now have their most talented team. This squad is so good they sleepwalked through a talented group and still finished on top. It took a desperate Argentina team to bring out their best. When France went down 2-1, the answered and scored three quick goals led by Kylian Mbappe’s double. This team is loaded from front to back.

France faces short-handed Uruguay next and is the second-biggest favourites in the quarterfinals at -109. Beating them, they meet Brazil in a 1998 Finals rematch. The winner of this semifinals match should win the World Cup as either team is significantly better than the rest.

Brazil

Odds To Win FIFA World Cup 2018

+235

Brazil is back with a vengeance. After an embarrassing exit at home in 2014, the Brazilians have returned to their fun and fast-paced style of football to much success.

With Germany ousted, they are the clear-cut favourites to capture their sixth World Cup title. At their best, the only team that can beat them are… themselves. 

They are favourites but Brazil’s path to the title is still difficult. They take on explosive Belgium next and are +120 favourites to win. They take on the winner of France-Uruguay in the semis. France could be their hardest opponent as their Finals opponent shouldn’t be as difficult.  

FIFA World Cup 2018 Broadcast in Canada

The FIFA World Cup is down to the final two weeks and we are left with the eight best teams. Regardless who’s playing, Canadians flock to local pubs and gatherings to catch all the action on TSN, CTV, and RDS. Canadians also turn to online sportsbooks, which offer all-day betting including live betting.

Date Broadcast Start Time (ET) Network
Wednesday, July 4 Match Of The Day 3pm TSN
Wednesday, July 4 Match Of The Day 10pm TSN
Thursday, July 5 Match Of The Day 8pm TSN2
Friday, July 6 France vs Uruguay 9:30am TSN
Friday, July 6 Brazil vs Belgium 1:30pm TSN
Friday, July 6 Highlight Show 4:30pm TSN
Friday, July 6 Match Of The Day 8pm TSN
Saturday, July 7 Sweden vs England 9:30am TSN/CTV
Saturday, July 7 Russia vs Croatia 1:30pm TSN/CTV
Saturday, July 7 Highlight Show 4:30pm TSN
Saturday, July 7 Match Of The Day 5pm TSN2
Sunday, July 8  Match Of The Day 4pm TSN
Sunday, July 8  Match Of The Day 8pm TSN
Monday, July 9 Match Of The Day 8pm TSN
Tuesday, July 10 Semifinal 1 1pm TSN/CTV
Tuesday, July 10 Highlight Show 4:30pm TSN
Tuesday, July 10 Match Of The Day 8pm TSN
Wednesday, July 11 Semifinal 2 1pm TSN/CTV
Wednesday, July 11 Highlight Show 4:30pm TSN
Wednesday, July 11 Match Of The Day 9:30pm TSN
Thursday, July 12 Match Of The Day 3pm TSN
Friday, July 13 Match Of The Day 3pm TSN
Saturday, July 14 3rd Place Match 9:30am TSN/CTV
Saturday, July 14 Highlight Show 12:30pm TSN
Saturday, July 14 Match Of The Day 4pm TSN
Sunday, July 15 Final 10am TSN/CTV
Sunday, July 15 Highlight Show 2pm TSN
Sunday, July 15 Match Of The Day 7:30pm TSN

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