The first of the World Cup Last 16 matches takes place on Saturday evening when France and Argentina meet at the Kazan Arena and we take a look at the game from a betting angle.
Let’s start with an outright betting update and with the group stages behind us we have Brazil the ruling favourites at 7/2 ahead of Spain at 4/1, Belgium are 13/2, England 15/2, France 8/1 and you can get 11/1 and better the balance.
Harry Kane is the 29/20 favourite to win the Golden Boot and Ronaldo and Coutinho are 5/1 joint favourites to be Player of the Tournament – click here for outright betting markets
France v Argentina – click here to bet
France topped Group C with 7 points, thanks to 2 victories and a draw. That draw came in their final match against Denmark where neither team was able to find the back of the net and the points were shared, a result which suited both teams on the night. Prior to that France had beaten Peru and Australia by a single goal.
Argentina were only minutes away from exiting the World Cup before scoring a late winner against Nigeria and that victory saw them finish second behind Croatia in Group D. In their other matches they lost 3-0 to Croatia and drew 1-1 with Iceland.
France and Argentina last met in 2009 in a friendly which Argentina won 2-0.
Suggested bet: The draw at 2/1
As it is the knock out stage of the tournament I am expecting some tight matches and this looks like a very evenly matched contest and I think there is a very strong chance we will be heading to extra time.
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change