England’s route to World Cup glory is now set. Gareth Southgate’s men are now on a path that avoids Brazil but there are no easy matches at this stage of the tournament – expect the unexpected.
Colombia are next up for the Three Lions and England fans, both in Russia and at home, will be quietly confident of getting the job done.
Sweden and Switzerland will go up against each other in Tuesday’s afternoon clash; this is one of the harder last-16 matches to predict. On paper, Switzerland probably have the edge but Sweden’s exploits in the group stages did not go unnoticed.
That 3-0 win over Mexico is solid on the form line and this could be a close affair. Check out my top tips on Tuesday’s World Cup action below…
SWEDEN vs SWITZERLAND
Sweden’s 3-0 victory over Mexico was enough to secure top spot in Group F and only a fool would write Janne Andersson’s men off ahead of this clash.
After missing out on qualification in 2010 and 2014, it has been refreshing to see the Scandinavian side back on the big stage. Sweden scored in all three group stage matches and the Group F winners are 12/25 to continue that trend here.
Switzerland pipped Serbia to second spot in Group E and plenty of punters will be expecting Vladimir Petkovic’s side to edge past Sweden.
At the time of writing, the Swiss are 3/4 to reach the quarter-finals and Xherdan Shaqiri can be their difference maker. Switzerland will need the former Bayern Munich man to be at his brilliant best as they look to put Sweden to the sword.
An absolute nightmare of a fixture for punters; this one could go the distance. Two of the more conservative nations left in the competition, this probably won’t be an easy match on the eye.
Extra-time could be on the cards at the end of what may be a bit of a damp squib; the over 1.5 goals is worth backing at 4/7. An early goal either way will force a more open and expansive affair.
TIP: Over 1.5 goals @ 4/7
CORRECT SCORE: Sweden 1-1 Switzerland (Priced at 27/5 with 888sport)
COLOMBIA vs ENGLAND
Colombia showed glimpses of their full potential during the group stages and Southgate will be wary of an improved effort on Tuesday.
The South American outfit finished top of Group H despite losing their opener against Japan – much to the delight of their passionate fans. There will be a real buzz around the stadium and Colombia represent real value at 3/5 for over 0.5 home goals.
England have played some fantastic football so far this summer and Southgate will get his troops fired up for Tuesday’s battle. Colombia are no slouches but the Three Lions are well fancied to prevail and punters can back England at 11/10.
Can Southgate’s men go all the way this summer? Only time will tell – fans are certainly starting to believe that the Jules Rimet Trophy will be ‘coming home’ after the showpiece on July 15th.
It would be foolish to read too much into England’s defeat to Belgium. The Three Lions are expected to make at least seven changes ahead of this clash and Golden Boot contender Harry Kane will be raring to go.
England have the quality to keep Colombia on the backfoot and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Southgate’s side come out on top. 22/5 for England to win with both teams scoring is well worth considering.
TIP: England to win and both teams to score @ 22/5
CORRECT SCORE: Colombia 1-2 England (Priced at 9/1 with 888sport)
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*