World Cup daily doubles: Tips for Saturday's last-16 matches
Our tips for the first batch of knockout games feature a win for France over Argentina, and a tight defensive battle between Uruguay and Portugal.
FRANCE V ARGENTINA
France to win –
Argentina needed a late Marcos Rojo winner against Nigeria to earn their place in the last 16, having drawn against Iceland and then lost 3-0 to Croatia in their first two matches of the tournament.
France’s path to the knockout rounds was comfortable in comparison. They beat Australia and Peru and then cruised to a 0-0 draw against Denmark.
Les Bleus have only conceded one goal in the tournament so far and look the more polished side of these two, despite being yet to find their stride.
BTTS: Yes –
France haven’t lived up to their potential going forward at this World Cup, with just three goals so far, but should find scoring form against a shaky Argentine defence.
Jorge Sampaoli’s side are yet to keep a clean sheet, and have repeatedly put themselves in trouble with poor passing out from the back.
Argentina did get on the scoresheet twice against Nigeria last time out and are always worth backing to score with Lionel Messi in the side.
URUGUAY V PORTUGAL
Uruguay to win –
Uruguay have been all business at this World Cup, winning their three games without conceding a goal.
They found another level in their final group game – a 3-0 win over hosts Russia – while Portugal finished the group stages with a nervy draw against Iran.
The European champions have been unconvincing throughout the tournament, and have now won just two of their last seven matches.
BTTS: No –
Uruguay are yet to concede a goal at the World Cup, and have won six consecutive matches to nil dating back to March.
Their run of clean sheets should continue against Portugal, who have struggled in attack in their last two games, scoring just once against both Morocco and Iran.
Fernando Santos’ side have failed to score against both Belgium and Netherlands in 2018, and this should be another blank.
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