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    Bookies get behind Brazil for SWC glory

    2018-06-29 11:05

    Cape Town - And then there were 16!

    The 2018 Soccer World Cup in Russia has reached the Round of 16 stage with some mouth-watering clashes scheduled for the next four days.

    Defending champions Germany are the obvious major casualties having been eliminated following their dire performances in Group F which saw them finish bottom of the standings.

    But 16 worthy nations will now fight for the biggest prize in football - and leading SA bookmakers BET.co.za have unsurprisingly installed five-time champions Brazil as 7/2 favourites, followed by 2010 winners, Spain, at 4/1.

    Then come Belgium 13/2, England 15/2 and France 8/1.

    Croatia (11/1) and Argentina (12/1) fall into the dark-horse category while it would be considered an upset if any of the remaining sides emerged victorious.

    Round of 16 fixtures:

    TOP HALF

    SATURDAY, JUNE 30

    France v Argentina - 16:00

    Uruguay v Portugal - 20:00

    MONDAY, JULY 2

    Brazil v Mexico - 16:00

    Belgium v Japan - 20:00

    BOTTOM HALF

    SUNDAY, JULY 1

    Spain v Russia - 16:00

    Croatia v Denmark - 20:00

    TUESDAY, JULY 3

    Sweden v Switzerland - 16:00

    Colombia v England- 20:00

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