Harry Kane to see England past Sweden? Kylian Mbappe to score first for France?
Another tidy profit for the column last time out with 13/2 and 5/1 winners. One of the greatest World Cups in living memory now gets serious as we reach the quarterfinal stage and we look ahead to all four games, including England's crunch clash with Sweden.
Running total: +£62.51
Russia have disproved the theory that they are the worst host nation in World Cup history but, having pulled off the unthinkable against Spain, their journey looks set to end on Saturday. Lying in wait for them in Moscow are Croatia, who have looked one of the more impressive teams at this World Cup and who have the players to negate a path past what is almost certain to be another defensive Russian display. Spain should have beaten the hosts last Sunday but La Roja ultimately paid the price for sacking a manager who had presided over an unbeaten qualification campaign on the eve of the tournament. It might not be a classic, but Croatia have the creativity to get the job done at 6/5.
Selection: £5 on Croatia to win at 6/5 with bet365.
The Tasty Treble
After claiming their first ever World Cup penalty shootout victory, England have some serious momentum and can be trusted to get the job done against Sweden. The Swedes are into their first World Cup quarterfinal since 1994 but are not the most exciting side and Gareth Southgate's fearless Three Lions look a good bet at 10/11. Croatia are too big to ignore at 6/5 against Russia for reasons already mentioned, while the draw looks tempting at 5/2 in Brazil's quarterfinal against Belgium. To this point the Selecao have been steady yet unspectacular and they face a real test of their credentials against a Belgium side with goal threats all over the park. Roberto Martinez's men will be full of confidence too after their improbable comeback victory against Japan and should give Brazil a genuine fight.
Selection: £2 on the treble at 13.7/1 with bet365.
The First Goal Flutter
France teenager Kylian Mbappe announced himself as a true global star with his brace against Argentina, and the youngster is an 11/2 shot to score first against Uruguay. Diego Godin might just be the best defender about these days so it's a big ask for Mbappe, but he has looked a frightening prospect this summer and he can steal the show again here.
Selection: £2 on Mbappe to score first at 11/2 with bet365.
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The Wildcard Tip
Brazil vs. Belgium should be a classic. By some considerable distance this is the biggest test either nation have faced so far and Friday's encounter at the Kazan Arena should be one for the purists. Brazil and Belgium have played each other four times, with the Samba stars winning three. However Belgium are a very fluid, expansive side who will happily go toe-to-toe with anyone and the draw looks good here.
The Bookie Basher
Harry Kane is now a 2/7 shot with the bookies to claim the Golden Boot in Russia and Tottenham's finest is a 5/1 shot to score two or more against Sweden. Kane has bagged six so far and is looking razor sharp, so don't bet against him eclipsing Gary Lineker's tally from Mexico '86 on Saturday.
Selection: £2 on Kane to score 2+ goals at 5/1 with bet365.