The World Cup group stage is the land of upsets, however the knockout stage is the place the very best groups on the planet assert their dominance.

With simply 16 groups remaining by the beginning of knockout play on December 3, that is the place heroes are actually made, and the place champions are topped.

Defending champions France are alive and able to defend their crown, whereas 2018 semifinalists England are additionally by way of.

Because the group stage has now accomplished, all eight Spherical of 16 matchups are set. Some function groups that have not performed in a long time, whereas others current clashes of acquainted foes. With the video games now set, here is how we see the matches enjoying out.

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Odds by way of BetMGM (USA), Sports activities Interplay (Canada), SkyBet (UK), and Ladbrokes (Australia).

A reminder: All moneyline bets in soccer are for regulation solely, no matter competitors. If the match requires a winner and goes to extra-time or penalties, a moneyline wager of a regulation draw is profitable and the remainder of play doesn’t think about.

FIFA World Cup bracket December 1 update2

Reminder: All moneyline bets in soccer are for regulation solely, no matter competitors. If a match goes to extra-time or penalties, the profitable wager is a moneyline draw. The remainder of play in further time and penalties doesn’t think about.

Netherlands vs USA prediction, odds

The US superior to the Spherical of 16 because of Christian Pulisic’s winner towards Iran, and now they match up towards the No. 8 crew on the planet within the Netherlands.

The Dutch are on an 18-match unbeaten run, spanning everything of Louis van Gaal’s present stint as supervisor, they usually pushed by way of Group A which featured a disappointing exhibiting by hosts Qatar.

MORE: Full Netherlands vs. USA betting preview, predictions, picks, stats, and evaluation

Netherlands vs. USA odds

  BetMGM Sports activities
Interplay
SkyBet Ladbrokes
Netherlands win -120 1.84 5/6 5/6
Draw +240 3.35 12/5 23/10
USA win +333 4.21 18/5 18/5
Each groups
to attain Y / N
+100 / -145 1.96 / 1.67 11/10, 4/6 1/1, 8/11
Over / Beneath
2.5 targets
+115 / -160 2.17 / 1.61 5/4, 4/7 6/5, 8/13
Netherlands -0.5 -130 1.83
USA +0.5 -110 1.91
Netherlands advance -250 1.41 4/11 2/5
USA advance +170 2.70 2/1 9/5

Netherlands vs. USA prediction

  • Prediction: Netherlands 1-1 USA (Netherlands advance by way of penalties)

The US have superior to the quarterfinals of a World Cup simply as soon as, again in 2002, beating Mexico to get there. Subsequently, they’ve by no means overwhelmed a non-CONCACAF opponent within the knockout stage of the World Cup.

The U.S. haven’t conceded a objective from open play up to now within the event, and the Netherlands regarded shaky towards each Senegal and Ecuador, who used excessive bursts of vitality to maintain the Dutch on their heels. Nonetheless, younger Cody Gakpo stepped up with three targets within the group stage to assist offset Memphis Depay’s lack of health.

Avoiding a event favourite like France, Spain, Argentina, or Brazil is huge for the USMNT, and they need to put up a battle on this one, possibly even incomes a draw and sending it to penalties. Finally, nonetheless, the expertise on the aspect of the Dutch will see them narrowly prevail.

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Argentina vs Australia

Australia upset Denmark 1-0 to see their method into the knockout stage for simply the second time of their nation’s historical past. The Socceroos put forth a complete efficiency to lock down a disappointing Danish aspect that fell effectively in need of expectations.

Argentina, in the meantime, made it powerful on themselves after the shock opening day defeat to Saudi Arabia, however recovered to handle Mexico and Poland and reestablish themselves as event giants.

MORE: Full Argentina vs. Australia betting preview, predictions, picks, stats, and evaluation

Argentina vs. Australia odds

  BetMGM Sports activities
Interplay
SkyBet Ladbrokes
Argentina win -550 1.16 (TBC) 2/11
Draw +600 6.18 (TBC) 11/2
Australia win +1550 16.00 (TBC) 20/1
Each groups
to attain Y / N
+170 / -250 2.60 / 1.38 (TBC) 7/4, 2/5
Over / Beneath
2.5 targets
-150 / +110 1.67 / 2.13 (TBC) 4/6, 11/10
Argentina -1.5 -175 1.58
Australia +1.5 +125 2.35
Argentina advance -2000 1.05   1/18
Australia advance +800 7.80   9/1

Argentina vs. Australia prediction

  • Prediction: Argentina 3-0 Australia

Whereas Australia will take into account themselves plucky underdogs able to springing an upset, they had been soundly overwhelmed by France within the group stage and are unlikely to discover a objective right here towards a really defensively sound Albiceleste aspect.

In the meantime, Argentina scored two towards a bunkered Poland within the group stage and will have had extra, so anticipating them to thwack Australia here’s a truthful play. The Aussies could be happy with their exhibiting this event irrespective of the outcome right here, whereas something in need of a powerful victory for Argentina will imply they’ve fallen in need of expectations.

England vs Senegal prediction, odds

The Three Lions weren’t good, however they reigned supreme amongst a gritty assortment of Group B groups. Their group supremacy sees them match up towards Group A runners-up Senegal, who took down Ecuador in a winner-take-all match to clinch their spot within the knockouts.

England vs. Senegal odds

  BetMGM Sports activities
Interplay
SkyBet Ladbrokes
England win -190 1.51 4/9 8/15
Draw +290 3.75 16/5 11/4
Senegal win +575 6.60 7/1 13/2
Each groups
to attain Y / N
+130 / -190 2.26 / 1.50 11/8, 8/15 27/20, 8/15
Over / Beneath
2.5 targets
+115 / -160 2.20 / 1.60 6/5, 8/13 5/4, 3/5
England -0.5 -210 1.51
Senegal +0.5 +145 2.46
England advance -450 1.22 1/6 2/9
Senegal advance +290 3.85 7/2 3/1

England vs. Senegal prediction

  • Prediction: England 2-0 Senegal

Whereas 2018 Golden Boot winner Harry Kane has but to actually arrive on this yr’s event, this England crew has an excessive amount of firepower for Senegal to maintain up with. The Three Lions had loads of critics after the 0-0 draw with the USA, however on the entire by way of group stage play, their mixture of attacking play and defensive construction makes them true event contenders.

Senegal had been spectacular towards a plucky Ecuador aspect, however their lack of ability to complete a bunch of possibilities and occasional leakiness on the again will see them fall within the Spherical of 16.

France vs Poland prediction, odds

France could have fallen to Tunisia of their Group D finale, however that got here after they’d basically locked up the group’s high spot and will afford to take a seat almost all their starters. Total, the defending champions proved they’ll problem for a repeat, with no one securing two consecutive World Cup titles since 1962.

For Poland, they again their method into the knockout stage in meek vogue, falling 2-0 to Argentina and fortunate to advance on objective differential as Mexico got here up simply inches quick towards Saudi Arabia.

MORE: Full France vs. Poland betting preview, predictions, picks, stats, and evaluation

France vs. Poland odds

Odds by way of BetMGM (USA), Sports activities Interplay (Canada), SkyBet (UK), and Ladbrokes (Australia).

A reminder: All moneyline bets in soccer are for regulation solely, no matter competitors. If the match requires a winner and goes to extra-time or penalties, a moneyline wager of a regulation draw is profitable and the remainder of play doesn’t think about.

  BetMGM Sports activities
Interplay
SkyBet Ladbrokes
France win -375 1.28 1/4 2/7
Draw +475 5.19 9/2 21/5
Poland win +1100 10.00 12/1 11/1
Each groups
to attain Y / N
+140 / -210 2.20 / 1.52 11/8, 8/15 5/4, 4/7
Over / Beneath
2.5 targets
-135 / +100 1.74 / 1.98 4/5, 10/11 8/11, 1/1
France -1.5 -135 1.85 / 1.89
Poland +1.5 -110 1.11
France advance -1100 1.10 1/12 1/10
Poland advance +575 5.80 6/1 11/2

France vs. Poland prediction

  • Prediction: France 2-0 Poland

Poland confirmed totally zero need to attain targets all all through the group stage, as even their 2-0 victory over Saudi Arabia felt nervy. Towards Argentina within the group stage finale, they had been putrid, battered and bruised all through the 90 minutes and had been pathetically diminished to defending their objective differential late. Even doing that, they barely stored Argentina off the board.

There’s zero proof from any of the three group stage matches that Poland can compete with France, even after Les Bleus fell to Tunisia with their B-team on the sphere. With France’s stars again in motion, the champs ought to advance comfortably.

Japan vs. Croatia prediction, odds

Japan brushed apart their mind-boggling defeat to Costa Rica as they surprised Spain and topped Group E, with Germany crashing out. The Samurai Blue defeated each Germany and Spain in come-from-behind vogue, turning 1-0 halftime deficits into 2-1 victories on each events.

Croatia, in the meantime, sputtered by way of Group F play however superior as runners-up behind shock winners Morocco, with Belgium stunningly bowing out of the group stage.

MORE: Full Japan vs. Croatia betting preview, predictions, picks, stats, and evaluation

Japan vs. Croatia odds

Odds by way of BetMGM (USA), Sports activities Interplay (Canada), SkyBet (UK), and Ladbrokes (Australia).

A reminder: All moneyline bets in soccer are for regulation solely, no matter competitors. If the match requires a winner and goes to extra-time or penalties, a moneyline wager of a regulation draw is profitable and the remainder of play doesn’t think about.

  BetMGM Sports activities
Interplay
SkyBet Ladbrokes
Japan win +280 3.66 3/1 11/4
Draw +225 3.16 23/10 21/10
Croatia win +105 2.04 19/20 11/10
Each groups
to attain Y / N
+100 / -145 1.93 / 1.69 1/1, 8/11 1/1, 3/4
Over / Beneath
2.5 targets
+125 / -175 2.24 / 1.58 5/4, 4/7 13/10, 4/7
Croatia -0.5 -105 2.03
Japan +0.5 -135 1.73
Croatia advance -210 1.51 4/9 1/2
Japan advance +140 2.39 13/8 7/5

Japan vs. Croatia prediction

  • Prediction: Japan 2-0 Croatia

I am all aboard the Japan bandwagon, and consequently off the Croatia prepare. The way in which Croatia had been battered by Belgium, extraordinarily fortunate to not concede and crash out, was appalling.

Whereas Japan have to be higher within the first half, having chased the ball across the pitch endlessly in all three video games, they’ve the expertise to stun huge European sides, as they’ve confirmed towards each Germany and Spain. The assumption on this Japan crew is excessive, and it is onerous to see them falling quick right here towards a Croatia crew that is been disappointing in each video games towards opponents not named Canada.

Brazil vs. South Korea prediction, odds

Brazil regarded the half, on the entire, because the event favourite within the group stage. The Selecao will now hope talisman Neymar can return for the Spherical of 16 as they match up towards South Korea.

The PSG star was battered and bruised within the group stage opener and has been nursing an ankle harm since. His hopes of returning for the Spherical of 16 appear dicey, with experiences sounding pessimistic on his likelihood of seeing the sphere.

They’re going to hope they will not want him as they give the impression of being to show away any hopes of a South Korean upset just like the Asian aspect produced on the ultimate group stage day, and if the Selecao can end higher than they did towards Cameroon, they need to be effective.

Brazil vs. South Korea odds

  BetMGM Sports activities
Interplay
SkyBet Ladbrokes
Brazil win -400 1.26 1/4 1/4
Draw +475 5.49 19/4 9/2
South Korea win +1150 9.00 11/1 12/1
Each groups
to attain Y / N
+138 / -200 2.26 / 1.50 5/4, 4/7 27/20, 8/15
Over / Beneath
2.5 targets
-145 / +105 1.72 / 2.05 4/6, 11/10 7/10, 21/20
Brazil -1.5 -135 1.78
South Korea +1.5 +100 2.01
Brazil advance -1100 1.11 1/12 1/11
South Korea advance +575 5.53 6/1 6/1

Brazil vs. South Korea prediction

  • Prediction: Brazil 2-0 South Korea

Whereas South Korea had been plucky to drag out a late, dramatic outcome towards a rotated Portugal aspect, there is not any indication from their group stage efficiency on the entire to recommend an upset on this stage towards this opponent.

Whether or not Brazil have Neymar or not, their taking pictures woes from the Cameroon match can be put to mattress. South American sides have disenchanted on the entire this event, however Brazil will carry the CONMEBOL flag into the quarterfinals.

Morocco vs. Spain prediction, odds

Think about you are Morocco proper now. You’ve got labored extraordinarily onerous to not solely qualify for the knockout stage, however high the group forward of each Croatia and Belgium. You are celebrating amidst a joyous scene. And also you’re rewarded with…Spain.

Because of the Group E flukiness that despatched Japan to the highest and Spain into second, Morocco will now have a brutal matchup as they give the impression of being to emulate what the Samurai Blue did and shock the European powers. It will likely be a tricky ask, as we have seen Spain dominate massive stretches of video games, particularly within the opener towards Costa Rica the place they gained by an enormous 7-0 scoreline.

Morocco vs. Spain odds

  BetMGM Sports activities
Interplay
SkyBet Ladbrokes
Morocco win +550 6.18 6/1 11/2
Draw +275 3.76 3/1 5/2
Spain win -175 1.53 1/2 1/2
Each groups
to attain Y / N
+120 / -175 2.15 / 1.55 5/4, 4/7 5/4, 4/7
Over / Beneath
2.5 targets
+110 / -155 2.12 / 1.64 6/5, 8/13 6/5, 3/4
Spain -0.5 -200 1.53
Morocco +0.5 +135 2.40
Spain advance -450 3.69 1/5 2/9
Morocco advance +275 1.24 10/3 14/5

Morocco vs. Spain prediction

  • Prediction: Morocco 1-1 Spain (Morocco advance by way of penalties)

I used to be very uncertain of Spain coming into the event, and whereas the large win over Costa Rica helped them backdoor into the knockout stage, we noticed extra towards Germany and Japan of what I assumed we would see from Spain. That is a particularly younger and inexperienced aspect that’s mistake-prone, they usually do not end sufficient of their possibilities to place groups away.

Morocco proved towards Croatia of their group stage opener that they’ll grasp with a crew whereas gifting away massive quantities of possession, as they will should do towards Spain. Croatia accomplished 551 passes on 65 p.c possession in that match, however managed simply 5 pictures value 0.52 xG. Of their 2-0 win over Belgium, it was the same story, as they noticed the Pink Devils put collectively 577 passes for 67 p.c possession, however simply 10 pictures value 0.96 xG.

Give me this recreation going to a penalty shootout, and from there, who is aware of what is going to occur.

Portugal vs. Switzerland prediction, odds

Two European groups with loads of familiarity match up within the World Cup Spherical of 16 as Portugal tackle Switzerland. These two groups matched up on this summer season’s UEFA Nations League, with all sides profitable as soon as.

Within the first assembly, Portugal completely cooked the Swiss to the tune of a deserved 4-0 thumping, with Cristiano Ronaldo netting twice simply 4 minutes aside within the first half. Portugal’s dominance was evident as they put collectively 3.55 xG and 4.90 xGOT from simply 18 pictures, breaking right down to an infinite 0.197 xG per shot.

Within the reverse fixture, Switzerland felt the strain once more, however Portugal forgot their taking pictures boots and fell 1-0, by no means capable of recuperate from Haris Seferovic’s first-minute strike.

Portugal vs. Switzerland odds

  BetMGM Sports activities
Interplay
SkyBet Ladbrokes
Portugal win -115 1.87 17/20 10/11
Draw +240 3.34 12/5 9/4
Switzerland win +333 4.11 10/3 13/4
Each groups
to attain Y / N
+105 / -145 1.98 / 1.65 1/1, 8/11 1/1, 8/11
Over / Beneath
2.5 targets
+120 / -165 2.23 / 1.58 5/4, 4/7 5/4, 4/7
Portugal -0.5 -120 1.88
Switzerland +0.5 -115 1.86
Portugal advance -250 1.42 2/5 4/9
Switzerland advance +165 2.68 7/4 33/20

Portugal vs. Switzerland prediction

  • Prediction: Portugal 2-1 Switzerland

This match might be the hardest to foretell of the complete knockout stage. It could be no shock if both aspect comes out forward by actually any scoreline.

Portugal had been equal elements spectacular and disappointing at varied levels by way of Group H play, ending on a whimper like different high favorites that rotated their squads for the finale. But it is also onerous to neglect how they outlasted Ghana or stifled Uruguay earlier within the event.

Switzerland capitalized on quite a few Serbian defensive errors within the finale to earn a spot within the knockout stage, however the Portugal protection will not be liable to such a wealth of errors on the again. Breel Embolo presents a nominal menace, however Portugal ought to discover a strategy to outscore their fellow Europeans.