World Cup daily doubles: Tips for Tuesday's last-16 matches
On the final day of the first round of knockout games in the World Cup, we're predicting two tight encounters that could go all the way.
SWEDEN V SWITZERLAND
Switzerland have been solid, if unspectacular, so far, taking five points from their three matches in Group E.
Their measured approach saw them earn an impressive 1-1 draw with Brazil in their opener, but they only narrowly beat Serbia and were held to a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica last time out.
Expect another even encounter against Sweden, who have kept clean sheets in both their wins at the tournament so far.
BTTS: Yes –
The match should at least be entertaining.
Both sides have found the back of the net in each of Switzerland’s three matches at the World Cup so far, while they conceded twice against bottom side Costa Rica last time out.
Sweden have also looked decent going forward and have scored five times, including three in their victory over Mexico last time out.
COLOMBIA V ENGLAND
England come into their last-16 match in decent form, having won four of their previous five and lost just one in 13.
But the Three Lions did draw their toughest tests in that sequence, against Germany, Brazil and Italy.
Colombia represent their most difficult challenge yet at the World Cup. With just four victories from their last 12, however, they are unlikely to win it in 90 minutes.
BTTS: Yes –
England scored eight goals in the group stage – the second-most of any side at the tournament – but failed to keep a single clean sheet.
Colombia could be without James Rodriguez, but still boast Yerry Mina’s physical presence from set pieces, along with the attacking talent of Juan Quintero, Juan Cuadrado and Radamel Falcao.
The South American side have scored in all three of their matches at the World Cup so far, including with 10 men in their opening game against Japan.
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