Take Them Outright

2018 World Cup: Round of 16

Saturday June 30th

10am

France v Argentina

Throughout this latest World Cup cycle Messi just cant get it done outside of La Liga. His teams have been underwhelming in the Champions League & Argentina was less than stellar during qualifying for this campaign. France looks like they finally might be able to put all that talent to good use. The French have too much fire power for Argentina and Messi crumbles again in a big spot.

Pick: France to Win during regulation +135

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Saturday June 30th

2pm

Uruguay v Portugal

Ronaldo has firmly taken hold of the best player in the world position and has Portugal primed to take a run at another major tournament victory. Uruguay can go goal for goal with Cavani & Suarez but this will be a tight one with no one winning during normal time. The Portuguese overcome for  eventual win.

Picks:   Draw after regulation + 191 & Portugal to advance -105

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Sunday July 1st

10am

Spain v Russia

Russia is running teams ragged thus far, covering more ground than any other team. Kinda makes you wonder what’s going on. Spain are world class but something in my gut tells me to stick with the hosts. Spain still lack a true striker and that will be their downfall.

Pick: Russia to advance +290 

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Sunday July 1st

2pm

Croatia v Denmark

Don’t overthink think this one. Croatia is a better team, came out of a tougher group, and will run one top class midfielder after another at you. The Danes are a good story but it ends here.

Pick: Croatia to Win during regulation -116

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Monday July 2nd

10am

Brazil v Mexico

Brazil now must be considered the favorite with the defending champs being knocked out. Mexico is the best CONCACAF has to offer but that won’t be enough with all the talent that Brazil has. They get it done during normal time.

Pick: Brazil to Win during regulation -185

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Monday July 2nd

2pm

Belgium v Japan

Some strange lineup changes for the Japanese squad in their last game even though they had yet to secure passage to the round of 16. They will be tactically sound and not make too many mistakes but that just wont be enough. Belgium’s golden age of players finally are putting it together.

Pick: Belgium to Win during regulation -250

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Tuesday July 3rd

10am

Sweden v Switzerland

Sweden goes through and gets trounced in the next round.

Pick: Sweden to advance +105

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Tuesday July 3rd

2pm

Columbia v England

Another sleeping giant finally has awoken. Gareth Southgate has this team firing on all cylinders and are ready to step into the spotlight. Columbia will be tough but without a healthy James they don’t have enough to pull it out. Harry Kane drops a couple in the back of the net.

Pick: England to advance -175

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