Mon, Jul 9, 11:43am by Staff Writer
Four teams remain in the pursuit for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after the weekend’s quarterfinal matches.
France are now $3 favourites to claim their first World Cup since 2002. They dispatched Uruguay 2-0 in Nizhny Novgorod with goals to Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann sealing the result.
It was a disappointing afternoon for the Uruguayans, who were without goal scorer Edinson Cavani who suffered a calf injury.
France are $1.72 to reach the final and meet neighbours Belgium in the semi finals.
Les Bleus are $2.50 favourites to win the match in Saint Petersburg which takes place on Wednesday morning.
Belgium are $3.10 outsiders, but will relish the underdog tag after knocking out tournament favourites Brazil in Kazan.
The 2-1 win for the Belgians was set up by two goals in the first half, including a thunderbolt from Manchester City player Kevin De Bruyne.
Renato Augusto pegged a goal back for the Brazilians, but it wasn’t enough, as they fell 2-1 and were eliminated.
Belgium put a scratchy round of 16 performance against Japan behind them to record the odds-against win and will need to do so if they hope to progress to the final.
They are $3.75 to win the World Cup and $2.10 to make the final.
England fans dare to dream that the World Cup trophy will be returning to the home of football for the first time since 1966, as the side dispatched Sweden 2-0 on Sunday.
The victory has pushed England into second favouritism for the tournament at $3.50 and sets up a mouthwatering semi final match against Croatia in Moscow.
Goals to Harry Maguire and Dele Alli set up the win for England, with Sweden not having enough front third pressure to trouble the Three Lions.
England are $1.62 to reach the final, the shortest price of the four remaining teams in the competition.
Captain Harry Kane has a two-goal lead in the Golden Boot standings and is $1.16 to be the tournament’s top goal scorer.
An England win and Harry Kane top goalscorer double is paying $3.60 at Sportsbet, behind a France and Kane double at $3.50.
England and France are the favourites to be the two finalists in the 2018 World Cup final at $3, ahead of France and Croatia at $3.40.
England are $2.30 favourites to win their semi final against Croatia in regular time, with the Balkan nation $3.40 outsiders.
Croatia have done it the hard way in their two knockout matches, winning both in a penalty shootout.
In one of the matches of the tournament, the lead fluctuated when they faced host nations Russia in front of a raucous crowd in Sochi.
The teams exchanged goals in extra time, before a pulsating penalty shootout was won by Croatia 4-3.
They are the biggest outsiders of the remaining four teams to win the World Cup at $5.50 and are $2.25 to reach the final.
FIFA World Cup Odds – Sportsbet
Golden Boot Winner
Harry Kane $1.16
Romelu Lukaku $9.50
Antoine Griezmann $23
Kylian Mbappe $29
Eden Hazard $251
To Reach The Final
Name the Finalists
France & England $3
France & Croatia $3.40
Belgium & England $3.60
Belgium & Croatia $4
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