Eight predictions for the World Cup 2018 Round of 16

Eight predictions for the World Cup 2018 Round of 16

Eight predictions for the World Cup 2018 Round of 16

Croatia dominated the group and were easily the stand-out performers, thumping Argentina 3-0 as they won all three games and conceded just one goal.

Mourinho will be in Moscow to witness who exactly takes part in that final at Luzhniki on July 15, and will continue to provide RT with exclusive analysis of all the World Cup action in Russian Federation. Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin will be a familiar foe from La Liga derbies, but the Uruguay captain is one of the toughest centre-backs around.

Pegged as +190 underdogs on Saturday, Portugal has looked ordinary at times during their 3-5-1 run, and in the group stage relied heavily on Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored four of the squad's five goals to remain a +450 bet on the World Cup top goalscorer odds.

The first phase, featuring just one goalless draw and already a record number of penalties, has been marked by Germany's stunning exit, their earliest in 80 years. "I think these games are going to be different and we will recover our best form".

If Eriksen finds the net against Croatia, he will become the first Danish player to score in both the group and knockout stages of a World Cup since Jesper Olsen in 1986. That means there will be a new champion, so our CBS Sports prognosticators have locked in their predictions, and their brackets are presented below along with round of 16 picks and World Cup final picks.

A rich seam of talent all appearing to peak at the same time makes Belgium genuine contenders, although the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard were knocked out of the European Championships by Wales two years ago.

So after the drama of the last fortnight, who is best set to go far in the knockout rounds?

Top stat: With nine goals scored in their three group games, Belgium are the top scorers in the competition.

But the Blue Samurai have been a joy to watch at the World Cup, and even though they edged out Senegal on fair play points, they have shown they'll give anyone a game.

The midfielder wasn't part of Low's team in Germany's second group game against Sweden following the surprise 1-0 defeat to Mexico in the opening game but was recalled for the crucial match against South Korea.

Suspension rules out Switzerland defenders Fabian Schar and Stephan Lichtsteiner, while Sebastian Larsson misses out for Sweden in what is arguably the weakest of the last-16 ties despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic claiming his country will "probably" win the World Cup.

Dutch paper AD Sportwereld featured a photo of Germany's players with their hands on their heads at the final whistle against South Korea.

The game plan is simple and Sweden appear to be able to execute it.

Goal-nado - Harry Kane has been scoring goals for fun.

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