World Cup daily doubles: Tips for Monday's last-16 matches
Our tips for the penultimate day of the first knockout round feature wins for two of the tournament favourites.
BRAZIL v MEXICO
Brazil to win –
Mexico will look to replicate the performance that saw them beat Germany in their opener, but overcoming Brazil is a significantly tougher task.
Tite’s side were impressive in their 2-0 win over Serbia, with Philippe Coutinho in ominous form.
The tournament favourites should claim their 21st win in 26 games against Mexico, who were surprisingly beaten 3-0 by Sweden on Wednesday.
BTTS: Yes –
Mexico certainly have the capacity to score, though.
Juan Carlos Asorio’s side found life difficult against Sweden, a defensive team, but their fast counter-attacking players should have some joy against a Brazil side that flood players forward.
The five-time world champions were penned back by Serbia for a lengthy period in the second half on Wednesday, and a more clinical side would have punished them.
BELGIUM v JAPAN
Belgium to win –
Belgium’s strange victory over England at least ensured that they head into a relatively straightforward knockout match in the winning habit.
Roberto Martinez’s side have scored more goals than any other side in this competition, and have failed to win just two of their last 15 matches overall.
Japan’s only victory in this competition came when Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez was sent off inside three minutes, and there is no reason to expect a repeat of that on Monday.
BTTS: Yes –
Belgium’s side is built simply to outscore opposition, so a Japan goal is feasible.
Akira Nishino’s side netted twice in each of their opening two matches, before a combination of resting key attackers and an unwillingness to risk their goal difference resulted in them firing a blank against Poland.
With Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Inui and Yuya Osako back in the side, the Samurai Blue can ensure that Belgium’s wobbly defence is exposed.
*Odds subject to change.
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