World Cup 2014 Round of 16 Preview
Brazil Vs Chile
A Classic South American Derby. Really close and tight game. I can see Chile facing major problems defending set pieces due to the lack of height in their squad something that was obvious in their group game against Holland. Brazil the hot favorite to win the tournament hasn't been impressive so far but the skills and personality of Neymar carries them through.
Brazil to Qualify
1st Goal Score Method: Header
1st Goalscorer: D. Luiz or T. Silva
Brazil to Win & Under 2.5 Total Goals
1st Half Goals Under 1.5
Brazil to Win 1-0 Correct Score
Total Cards: Over 4.5
Colombia Vs Uruguay
It looks like an even match-up but i believe that the quality of Colombia's AM Trio of Cuadrado, James (Mostly), Ibarbo can make the difference in these one. Uruguay has to deal with the suspension of their pitch leader and best player L. Suarez. They will try to turn this game into a battle and exploit any chances or set piece situations. Key point of this game is gonna be the match-up between Jame R. and A. Rios. If the Uruguayan "pit-bull' manages to put the brakes on the Colombian's major creative force then it will be a close one.
Colombia to Win
James R. to be HRP
Red Card to be shown: YES
Total Cards : Over 5.5
Holland Vs Mexico
To me the most anticipated match of these Round of 16 between two evenly matched teams both in terms of skills and tactical approach. The one that will concede a goal first will be in major troubles. Both teams like to wait and exploit space behind the defensive lines and create problems with their attacking pace. Mexico seems more as a club team rather than a national team and their main strength is their homogeneity. Holland has the personalities that can win a game on their own in the sights of Robben and Van Persie.
1st Half Goals Under 1.5
Draw at HT
Robben to Score Anytime
Winner to be decided in OverTime.
Costa Rica Vs Greece
The clash between the two "Cinderellas" of the World Cup. Two truly stiff and tight teams in defense that look to score from the fewest of chances available. Interesting match-up and certainly historical for both of them as one of them will advance in the Quarter Finals of a World Cup. The Key point of the match will be how the quick Duo of CB Papastathopoulos and Manolas will cope with the speed and skills of Campbell and Ruiz. In my eyes Costa Rica has an edge in GK position with Keylor Nava proving all year long that he is a World Class keeper and one the elite ones in these tournament also. To me who scores advances !!! Simple and clear. So we'll go with two bets that look something like Arbit to me:
Costa Rica to Score 1st Goal & Greece to Qualify (Still looks crazy even to me !!!!)
Total Goals Under 2.5
1st Half Goals Under 1.5
Campbell to Score Anytime LAY
Scorers: G. Gonzalez, K. Manolas, V. Torosidis
France Vs Nigeria
A match with a clear favorite. France is the hot favorite and i believe that they can prove it on the pitch as well. Nigeria is a team with great quality in attack and major problems in defense. They can't keep a clean sheet against France and that's pretty clear to me. But it can be a truly entertaining game. Nigeria has a team that can really be a force in the Next World Cup due to their player ages (As far as they are correct !!!)
France to Win & Over 2.5 Total Goals
Over 0.5 1st Half Goals
Benzema to Score 1st and France to Win
France to Win 2-1 & 3-1 Correct Score.
Germany Vs Algeria
Algeria has done more than enough already. Time to put an end on their Tournament. Germany so far looks as the best and most complete team of all. Great quality in all lines and personalities that can carry and cope with obligations and expectations. Germany will take this and probably they'll do it in style.
Germany to Win to Nil
Germany to Win Both HT
Germany to Win HT/FT
Germany to Win 2-0 & 3-0 Correct Score.
Argentina Vs Switzerland
Argentina is by far the worst team from all the favorites so far but they posses the greatest footballer in the World. Their fantastic 4 look more as a problem than a lethal threat for opposite teams alongside with Gago's or Maxi's inability to defend or create from midfield it's obvious why they had major problems on all 3 classes they had so far. Switzerland has talent skills and quality to create them problems and if their DM's (and they have plenty and quality ones) can put the brakes on Messi i won;t be surprised to see them pull a major upset. Lavezzi's presence in Argentina's starting 11 seems to be a must. He width-en's the pitch and gives them penetration ability from the wings. If you think Argentina will advance then Messi to Score 1st and Anytime is a MUST PLACE Bet.
BTTS YES & Over 2.5 Total Goals
Messi & Drmic to Score
Highest Scoring Half 2nd
Argentina Clean Sheet NO
Messi to Score Over 1.5 Goals
Belgium Vs USA
It stands the same to me as the game between Germany Vs Algeria. Belgium is the hot favorite and it looks like its gonna prove it on the pitch. USA performed really well so far but i believe they reached their limits.
Belgium to Win
Lukaku to Score & Belgium to Win
Belgium to Score Over 1.5 Team Goals