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Confirm Password Passwords must match. France put on a scoring clinic as it tallied three times in 12 minutes, although it did get plenty of help from a slow and disorganized Argentina defense. With Cavani out, Uruguay will most likely become even more defensive and more difficult to break.
France will have to convert its opportunities impeccably to win. It would not raise any eyebrows if the game is decided by penalties. This matchup is entirely a coin toss, with just a tiny edge to Uruguay because of its ability on defense, which usually comes into play at this stage. Brazil captured a solid win over Mexico, which seemed hopeless and resigned. Most shots were blocked by the Brazil defense, which might turn out to be their secret weapon.
The Brazilians performed admirably all around, even if the antics of Neymar once again caused some uproar. Until now, though, they have yet to be tested by a world-class, offensive team. If Brazil strolled past Mexico, then Belgium had to push had to get its result against Japan.
The defense was shaky as the Belgians fell behind by halftime. Japan hit back hard on the counterattack and at times confused the Belgians while controlling the play. Belgian goals were hard to come by until a couple of substitutions in the 65th minute and a more straightforward offense led to two goals in five minutes. The go-ahead goal came from a fast counterattack in the final seconds. Both teams love the ball and like to play offense, so this should be an entertaining, even match with each team scoring a couple of goals.
Belgium, surprisingly has more in-form weapons on offense; Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus has yet to score in the tournament. Not having the suspended Casemiro in the bottom of the midfield will be a blow, however.
Accuscore simulations show a 52 percent probability of Belgium surprising Brazil. Sweden has pushed through to the top eight despite being counted out various times before and during the tournament. The squad's tactics have been top-notch and it is playing to its strengths.
As long as their game plan holds and they're able to keep their net untouched, anything is possible. That is exactly what happened in their narrow victory over Switzerland.
The young Three Lions did what was deemed impossible; win a penalty shootout in the World Cup. Manager Gareth Southgate has a lot to think about before this match: England will have its work cut out for it to break through and not leave its back exposed to the counterattacks Sweden is likely to try to create.
This is a tough matchup for England, but it should have the offensive prowess to do what Switzerland couldn't, which is to create a goal or two. That, in turn, would force Sweden out of its comfort zone and into the attack. Accuscore simulations indicate, with 77 percent probability, that Sweden's run will end and England will qualify.