England can beat Colombia, Griezmann to dump Messi and Argentina out
If you have been following our World Cup tips chances are you are reading this while sipping a Pina Colada on a boat somewhere. Put simply -- unlike the Germans -- we've been on fire so far and last time out took down a 14/1 treble among other winners. The last 16 kicks off on Saturday and we've got all the best betting angles covered.
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England suffered their first defeat in a year to Belgium on Thursday night but it may end up being a blessing in disguise as it's given them a clearly easier route to the final than would have been the case had they topped the group. It's Colombia next in Moscow and this is a game the Three Lions can win. They will have Harry Kane back in the saddle up front on Tuesday along with several other star names rested for that Belgium encounter. Kane and his teammates will know these are the matches that will ultimately define their World Cup campaign and while it won't be easy against Los Cafeteros, England showed enough attacking flair in those first two games to suggest they deserve to be 11/10 favourites here. Colombia qualified as group winners, but their victory over Senegal was marred by the sight of star man James Rodriguez limping off after just 30 minutes. Coach Jose Pekerman has told reported he is "extremely concerned" over Rodriguez, and if the 26-year-old doesn't make it on Tuesday it will definitely be advantage England.
The Tasty Treble
Ordinarily, France against Argentina would be a showdown fit for the final. However neither side has looked massively impressive so far so Saturday's game has been difficult for the bookmakers to price up. Preference is for France at 29/20 given that Argentina don't seem to have the right balance and look a squad in chaos. Lionel Messi scored a fine goal against Nigeria but has been otherwise subdued and France can send them packing this weekend. Elsewhere, Spain (4/7) look to be holding all the aces ahead of their clash with Russia. La Roja have yet to hit the heights in this tournament but look a far superior side to Russia, who will have been relieved to get out of Group A. Finally Brazil (11/20) should have too much for Mexico, who have not been beyond the last 16 at any of the past six World Cups.
Selection: £3 on the treble at 4.96/1 with bet365
The First Goal Flutter
Antoine Griezmann has not shown the world what he is capable of so far but may get the chance on Saturday against a very disjointed Argentina side. The Atletico Madrid man scored just once in the group matches, but let's not forget he was top scorer at Euro 2016 and we fancy Grizou to really start turning on the magic in this last 16 clash. He is a 5/1 shout to score first and should get chances against an Argentine defence that has not looked overly secure to this point.
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The Wildcard Tip
Uruguay have moved serenely into the last 16 and have the quality to negate a path past European champions Portugal on Saturday. La Celeste have yet to concede a goal and while another clean sheet may be beyond them, the irascible Luis Suarez and the brilliant Edison Cavani can help shoot them into the quarterfinals.
The Bookie Basher
Mario Mandzukic looks a great bet at 5/1 to score first for Croatia against Denmark. Croatia have been brilliant, arguably the best side at the World Cup so far, and doubling Mandzukic to score first with Isco to score first for Spain against Russia creates a first goalscorer double paying a whopping 35/1 with bet365.