World Cup last 16 games seven and eight previews

On Tuesday, the round of 16 at World Cup 2018 will be complete, and we will know who will be in the quarter-finals of the competition: Here is the two games taking place on Tuesday:

Sweden v Switzerland (Kick-off 3 PM)

Sweden made it through to the last 16 by recording wins over South Korea and Mexico to finish top of their group. The Scandinavians side progression to the knockout stages was somewhat surprising, as they have won just two of their last seven games. In fact, those two wins above were in the group stage.

Despite their perceived unconvincing run of results, Janne Andersson’s side does have a recent positive defensive record, keeping clean sheets in four of their last five games.

Switzerland finished second in their group, having picked up five points following draws with Brazil and Costa Rica, as well as a win over Serbia.

Vladimir Petkovic’s side heads into this encounter on the back of a nine-game unbeaten run. In fact, the Swiss have suffered just one defeat in their last 25 games.

They have been relatively prolific of late in front of goal, scoring at least two goals in three of the last four outings, including the previous two games.

Prediction

Switzerland and under 2.5 goals

Colombia v England (Kick-off 7 PM)

Colombia rescued their World Cup hopes by winning their group games against Poland and Senegal after suffering defeat against Japan in their opener.

Colombia have a highly mixed recent international record, as they have won just four times in 12 international outings. The fact that they have won the last two matches should give the South American team some momentum heading into this clash, though.

One big positive for Jose Pekerman’s side for this game is that they have kept clean sheets in four of their last five games.

England won their first two group games against Tunisia and Panama, only to fall to a 1-0 defeat against Belgium last time out. The loss against the Red Devils ended a 12-game undefeated run for Gareth Southgate’s side.

The Three Lions have been relatively prolific in recent games, as they have scored at least twice in four of their five outings.

England striker Harry Kane has now netted five times in just two games at the World Cup so far and will be looking to aid his chase for the Golden Boot in this clash.

Prediction

England win and under 2.5 goals

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