After the hectic and nerve-wracking conclusion of the FIFA World Cup, 2018 group stage, the entire world now awaits the final best 16 teams in the world to battle it out among themselves in the forthcoming Round of 16 stage.
As expected, tournament favourites such as Brazil, Spain, France, Argentina, and Portugal have all made it to the next round.
However, defending champions Germany went out crashing in the first round itself, following two disappointing defeats at the hands Mexico and South Korea.
On the other hand, several underdogs and dark horses such as Colombia, Croatia, Belgium, and Japan have all made it through in a pretty comprehensive manner and will look forward to continuing their dominant run in the FIFA World Cup.
Therefore, with that being said, let us now take an in depth look at all the 16 remaining teams in the FIFA World and their chances of lifting the prestigious World Cup trophy.
Predictions for Round of 16:
Argentina vs France
At one point, Argentina’s qualification from the group stages was in severe doubt, however, Messi and co. have somehow crossed the line and will now look to cause an upset against dominant France.
France will definitely be the favourites to win this one, considering how deadly their frontline is.
Final Score: France 2-1 Argentina
Uruguay vs Portugal
Both Uruguay and Portugal experienced a pretty similar route to the Round of 16. Portugal, however, are currently coming off a draw against Iran. Whereas, Uruguay ran riot against host Russia in their final group game.
This match could very well go to extra time and we might just witness the first ever penalty shootout in this year’s World Cup.
Winners: Portugal via Penalty
Final Score: Uruguay 1-1 Portugal
Spain vs Russia
Spain’s form in this year’s FIFA World Cup has been average, to say the least. The 2010 World Cup winners have been dominant in their attack, but have been their defence has been lacklustre.
Russia, on the other hand, have a solid front line with the likes of Cheryshev and Dzuyba.
The likes of Ramos and Pique need to be alert throughout the 90 minutes or else the Spanish team could be in for a long night.
Final Score: Russia 1-2 Spain
Croatia vs Denmark
Both Croatia and Denmark have very balanced line-ups, with two very dominant attacks led by the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Modric, Perisic, and Mandzukic and Eriksen, Cornelius, Fischer, and Poulsen respectively.
Despite both teams having balanced line-ups, expect Croatia to make it through to the next round in pretty comprehensive manner.
Final Score: Croatia 2-0 Denmark
Brazil vs Mexico
Following their 1-1 draw against The Swiss, Brazil’s performance in the World Cup has been superb so far and their attack has finally started to find its rhythm.
The attack is being led by the outstanding Neymar, who is being equally supported by the likes of Coutinho, Willian, and Jesus.
Mexico, meanwhile, are currently somewhat going through mixed feelings due to their win against mighty Germany, but their 3-0 loss to Sweden has definitely caused a lot of damage to their momentum.
Expect The Brazilians to put on another show at this exciting Round of 16 clash.
Final Score: Brazil 3-1 Mexico
Belgium vs Japan
Belgium are by far the biggest dark horses of this year’s World Cup and their ever-versatile attack has been absolutely tremendous so far.
Both Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku have been pretty amazing in front of goal, whereas, the likes of Batshuayi and De Bruyne have been very supportive as well.
So there is definitely no reason for Belgium’s World Cup campaign to come to an end at this stage, despite the brilliant resiliency of Japan.
Final Score: Belgium 2-0 Japan
Sweden vs Switzerland
Sweden and Switzerland came into this World Cup with huge expectations and both teams have apparently lived up to those expectations.
However, Switzerland will come into this mouthwatering contest as the favourites and are expected to make it through to the final 8.
Final Score: Switzerland 1-0 Sweden
Colombia vs England
Despite starting the World Cup with a defeat, Colombia have returned back to their very best after their dominant win over Japan in the last round.
England, on the other hand, will definitely have a tough task ahead of themselves, as they prepare to contain the likes of James Rodriguez, Juan Quintero, and Radamel Falcao.
But, with the likes of Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, and Delle Alli in the English ranks, we could definitely expect England to get past Colombia by an edge.
Final Score: Colombia 1-2 England