We've cut the draw in half, with only 16 teams remaining in the fight for a World Cup trophy. Which favorites have the easiest draws on their way to the final and who will have to really battle their way through? Find out inside.
<p style="text-align:center"><b style="font-size:1em"><iframe width="560" height="330" src="/video/embed/?videoId=20807" frameborder="0"></iframe></b></p> <p style="text-align:left"><br /><b style="font-size:1em">Argentina<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">The draw has set up beautifully for one of the pre-tournament </span><a style="font-size:1em" href="/picks/more-sports/" title="The best World Cup betting picks at SBR!" target="_blank">favorites as soccer betting picks</a><span style="font-size:1em">, Argentina.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">And we're not just talking about the knockout rounds. It started in the group stages, with Lionel Messi and company receiving one of the most favorable draws of the entire World Cup. <a href="/picks/more-sports/world-cup-picks-best-value-bets-group-f/40012/" title="Let's revisit our very accurate prediction for Group F" target="_blank">They had to play Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nigeria and Iran</a>, hardly the toughest of schedules.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">In the end, Argentina proved too strong for the competition and Messi had his way, scoring four goals in helping his country to three wins out of three matches.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Looking ahead, <a href="/picks/more-sports/2014-world-cup-betting-argentina-vs-switzerland-picks-odds/40389/" title="This promises to be a very exciting game!" target="_blank">the Argentinians will next face Switzerland</a> in the Round of 16, a match they should win. They would then take on the winner of Belgium and USA in the quarter-finals. It's no wonder Argentina remains a strong contender at +430 in the soccer betting odds to win it all.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Questions remain though. The defense has looked shaky and that's putting it nicely, so there are certainly things that need to be addressed leading into the clash with the Swiss.</span></p> <p><br /><b style="font-size:1em">Netherlands<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Oddsmakers have changed their tune when it comes to Netherlands and their chances of winning the World Cup. Right now you can find a price of +830, a far lower offering than what we were seeing before the tournament started.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">To be fair, few could have predicted such a great showing out of the Dutch, who had the most dominant results in their group. <a href="/picks/more-sports/world-cup-picks-best-value-bets-group-b/39829/" title="Spain was the unfortunate disappointment in Group B" target="_blank">They won all three of their matches (Spain, Australia, Chile)</a>, scoring 10 goals and allowing three in Group B.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Because of their impressive results, Netherlands finished as the top seed and was able to avoid Brazil in the Round of 16. <a href="/picks/more-sports/2014-world-cup-betting-netherlands-vs-mexico-picks-odds/40363/" title="A game you can't miss!" target="_blank">Playing Mexico isn't going to be easy</a>, but if they get through that test the Dutch would then face an easier fixture against the winner of Costa Rica and Greece in the quarter-finals. A likely date with Argentina would then loom in the semi-finals and that's a match the Dutch could easily win.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Netherlands controls their own destiny at the moment, and with the way Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie have been playing, there's no doubt this is one of the most dangerous (and exciting) teams left in the World Cup.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Will Louis van Gaal's men keep their nerve or <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/soccer-betting/" title="What do you think? Share your opinion in the SBR Forum" target="_blank">are we due for more upsets in the Round of 16?</a></span></p> <p><br /><b style="font-size:1em">Brazil, Germany, France Face Tough Paths<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">The Brazilians didn't have the toughest of draws in the group stage, but they have a fight on their hands now that we're entering the bracket round.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><a href="/picks/more-sports/2014-world-cup-betting-brazil-vs-chile-picks-odds/40371/" title="Two South American Powerhouses battle!" target="_blank">It starts with a date with Chile</a>, who have looked to be a huge threat in the tournament so far. Should they get past the Chileans, Brazil would face the winner of Colombia and Uruguay in the last eight, before likely playing either Germany or France in the semi-finals. Not easy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The Germans must focus in the Round of 16. Algeria hasn't been a punching bag whatsoever in this tournament and they could pose problems for Germany's rather immobile defensive line. If they win, Germany would take on either France or Nigeria, so no one will be able to say they didn't earn it should they make another deep run.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Then there's <a href="/picks/more-sports/-2014-world-cup-betting-france-vs-nigeria-picks-odds/40396/" title="France are strong favorites, currently at -200" target="_blank">the French, who should be able to scoot past the Nigerians</a> before probably having to encounter Germany. Will France continue their dominance in Brazil or fall short in the knockout stages?</span></p>