Fifa World Cup Quarter Finals Matches – Betting, Stats and Everything You Need to Know
First Quarter Final – Saturday 10th December, 2:00 @ Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Croatia v Brazil Preview
The number one ranked side in the world, and competition favourite, Brazil take on Croatia who had a stunning run in the Russian World Cup to be beaten finalists.
These sides have met 4 times previously, with Croatia yet to beat Brazil in an international fixture, losing 3 times and managing a 1-1 draw all the way back in 2005.
This time around, Brazil are firm favourites to progress through to the semi finals after being in phenomenal form, and being the most consistent team of the World Cup thus far.
Croatia Fifa World Cup So Far
Croatia just managed to sneak through the group phases with two Nil all draws against Morocco and Belgium respectively. They found form against Canada, who were impressive in the opening fixture which allowed them to book second spot in Group F to take on Japan in the Round of 16 clash.
Japan started strongly in the knockout phase, and score just before half time to take a 1-0 lead to the break. Perisic however levelled the scoreline, and changed the momentum of the match. Despite being dominate for the rest of the match and in extra time, the match game down to Penalties, where Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic saved 3 penalties and proved the hero to book their ticket to the Quarter Final.
Brazil Fifa World Cup So Far
Brazil have been dominant in all matches except for their surprising defeat to Cameroon, where they did rest a number of players including Neymar. Prior to that encounter they were undefeated at the top of Group G with commanding victories over Switzerland and Serbia, which allowed them to progress through to the round of 16 and book a match against South Korea.
The round of 16 fixture was their most dominant so far in the tournament, and they put together a 4-1 drubbing of the in form Asian outfit with Richarlison scoring another worldie to go with his strike in the opening fixture of their campaign.
Croatia v Brazil Betting
Second Quarter Final – Saturday 10th December, 6:00 @ Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Netherlands v Argentina Preview
The second quarter final sees two of the heavyweights of the competition face off where only one can progress through to the Semi Final.
This will be the 10th meeting between these two nations with the results evenly split, Netherlands winning 4 times, Argentina 3 times and 2 drawn matches. The last time these two nations met was in the 2014 Fifa World Cup, where the match finished 0-0 but Argentina progressed through to the final on Penalties.
This time around, Argentina are slight favourites to progress through to the semi final after hitting their straps over the last 3 matches.
Netherlands Fifa World Cup So Far
The Netherlands progressed through the group stage as the winner of Group A. Despite the match being tight until late, the Netherlands beat Senegal 2-0 in the opener, had a hard fought draw against Ecuador, then comfortably disposed of the tournament hosts Qatar in the final group match.
Going into the Round of 16 fixture against the USA there was talk the Americans would carry their strong group form into the knock out phase, however the Netherlands comfortably disposed of their opponents, with the goal just before half time from Daley Blind being pivotal.
Argentina Fifa World Cup So Far
Argentina started their campaign in disastrous fashion, going down to Saudi Arabia 2-1 in what was one of the biggest shocks in recent World Cup memory. However they still managed to top Group C after consecutive 2-0 wins over Mexico and Poland respectively, despite both games being locked 0-0 at the half.
In Lionel Messi’s 1,000th match, he broke Socceroos hearts with a clinical goal to lead off the scoring, and despite some heart flutters late they emerged as 2-1 victors to set up a massive clash against the Dutch to try to progress through to the Semi Finals.
Netherlands v Argentina Betting
Third Quarter Final – Sunday 11th December, 2:00 @ Al Thumama Stadium Doha
Morocco v Portugal Preview
The third Quarter Final sees the most lop sided betting contest of the Quarter Final stage as Morocco look to continue their giant killing run against the high flying Portuguese side.
These nations have only played twice in their history with each nation taking a victory a piece. The most recent clash being at the last World Cup in the group stages where Cristiano Ronaldo gave the match its only goal in the 4th minute.
This time around, Portugal are clear favourites on the back of their impressive Quarter Final performance.
Morocco Fifa World Cup So Far
Morocco have made a surprising run deep into the tournament to be the only African team still in contention. They navigated through the group stage unbeaten to finish top of Group F after a scoreless draw against Croatia, and a massive upset against the 2nd team in the world, Belgium. The Moroccans locked in top spot with a 2-1 victory against Canada to complete the group phase.
The Round of 16 clash proved the biggest upset of their campaign, and one of biggest of the tournament when they eliminated Spain in penalties after Bono blocked all three Spanish shots.
Portugal Fifa World Cup So Far
Portugal finished top of Group H despite conceding a late winner to South Korea in the last match of the group stage. Prior to that match they emerged victorious against Ghana and Uruguay with 3-2 and 2-0 wins respectively.
Their best performance of the tournament however was the 5-1 victory against the normally staunch Switzerland side. There was controversy pre match when Goncalo Ramos was selected up front instead of Cristiano Ronaldo, however he duly repaid the faith, scoring a hat trick on his World Cup debut.
Morocco v Portugal Betting
Fourth Quarter Final – Sunday 11th December, 6:00 @ Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
England v France Preview
The final Quarter Final sees two bitter rivals face off where only one can progress through to the Semi Final.
These nations have previously played 33 times in International fixtures where England hold a decisive advantage with 19 Victories compared to 9 by the French. The most recent encounter in a major tournament was a 1-1 draw in the 2012 European Championship.
This time around, France are slight favourites to progress through to the semi final after being ultra consistent in this competition.
England Fifa World Cup So Far
England have been clinical in the group phases to progress through to the Round of 16 unbeaten. The three lions started the competition in emphatic fashion with a 6-2 drubbing of Iran, followed by a tense 0-0 draw against the USA, and booking their spot in the knock out phase with a big second half against Wales to win 3-0.
The round of 16 match was another easy victory where they dominated African heavyweights, Senegal 3-0 to ensure they progressed to the Quarter finals with plenty of confidence.
France Fifa World Cup So Far
After rumours of in fighting pre the start of the tournament, the French opened their campaign in style by dominating the Socceroos 4-1, despite going down a goal early. Les Bleus then had a clinical victory over Denmark, only to drop their final group match against Tunisia in surprising fashion, albeit they rested a number of their stars including current Golden Ball favourite, Kylian Mbappe.
The French then put a further 3 goals past the normally defensively sound Poland, to secure their spot in the Quarter Finals and ensure they are very firm in the betting to claim the World Cup.
England v France Betting
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