I’ve been smashing it up so far in the knockout stages with my World Cup tips and I’m very much planning on continuing that form for the rest of the tournament!
The first game today is an all-European clash between the winners of Group E, Sweden and the team that finished second behind Brazil in Group F, Switzerland. Both these teams are renown for having well organised defences, but not scoring a particularly high number of goals (though to be fair to Sweden, they did put three past a lacklustre Mexico last time out).
The final game of the Round of 16 pits England, who lost their final group game to Belgium 1-0, against the winners of Group H, Colombia, who came back from their shock defeat to Japan to defeat Poland and Senegal to claim top spot in the group. While this is a tougher prospect for England than facing Japan, it does mean that England avoid France, Argentina, Brazil or Uruguay (plus Belgium again) until the final, should they get that far.