World Cup 2018 round of 16: who’s in and who might still qualify?
The World Cup 2018 Group Stages are drawing to a close, and a number of teams have already qualified for the round of 16, while eight others are out of the tournament already. We thought we’d give a recap of which teams are already in and explain what kind of results the rest of the teams need to obtain to qualify for the round of 16 or in order to place first in their group. So if you're wondering what the odds are, here's a handy overview for you.
World Cup 2018 round of 16 qualifiers
Let’s start with those teams who have already made it to the next round. It’s still to be determined whether or not some of these teams have placed first or second in their Group, but we know that they’re in, and this means that they still have a chance of winning the World Cup 2018. Below is the full list, and for those groups that are completed (i.e. all matches have been played), we also indicate their position in the group:
- Argentina (second in Group D)
- Croatia (first in Group D)
- Spain (first in Group B)
- Portugal (second in Group B)
- Uruguay (first in Group A)
- Russia (second in Group A
- France (first in Group C)
- Denmark (second Group C)
England and Belgium currently have the same number of points, and the match between the two teams will determine whether they will place first or second.
If the game ends in a draw then the top two positions will be decided by the number of cards each team has accumulated. England currently has two yellows and Belgium three. If both teams still end with the same number of points then lots will be drawn to decide the final positions. Of course, their position in the group will determine which teams they will play against in the round of 16.
Which World Cup teams have been eliminated so far?
It is now confirmed that Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Peru, Costa Rica, Tunisia, Panama and Poland have now been eliminated.
What's required for the rest to progress to the round of 16?
Those teams whose fate is yet to be decided have to perform in a certain manner in the upcoming Group Stage matches in order to qualify.
In Group F, Mexico need a point against Sweden to qualify and top their group. If, on the other hand, Germany fails to beat South Korea, Mexico will proceed anyway.
Sweden can qualify if their result is better than Germany’s. They have to either win in their match against Mexico and better Germany’s result to top the group.
Germany will qualify if they win by two or more goals against South Korea. If both Germany and Sweden’s games against their respective opponents end in a draw, then the team with the highest score will finish second in the group.
South Korea might still qualify if they beat Germany and Sweden loses against Mexico, and if they finish with a better goal difference. The odds for this are rather low though.
The above is to be decided today, Wednesday 27th June:
South Korea v Germany, 15:00 BST
Mexico v Sweden, 15:00 BST
In Group H, it’s between Japan, Senegal and Colombia. Both Japan and Senegal require only one point in their games against Poland and Colombia in order to qualify. If Colombia win, Japan has to lose by fewer goals than Senegal in order to progress. Colombia has a better chance, as it can also qualify with a draw if Japan lose against Poland.
This will be decided tomorrow, Thursday 28th June:
Japan v Poland, 15:00 BST
Senegal v Colombia, 15:00 BST
From Group E, Switzerland will qualify if they draw against Costa Rica, or if Serbia lose to Brazil. Serbia will qualify if they defeat Brazil, alternatively, if Switzerland lose to Costa Rica by more than one goal, a draw in this game will be enough for the Serbians.
For Brazil, a draw against Serbia will be enough to qualify from the round of last 16. Their position in the group if both Brazil and Switzerland win will be determined by disciplinary records. So far Brazil has three yellow cards and Switzerland four.
The above will be decided today, Wednesday 27th June:
Serbia v Brazil, 19:00 BST
Switzerland v Costa Rica, 19:00 BST
World Cup round of 16 predictions and odds
We’ve had a look at one of our recommended sportsbooks, ComeOn Sport to see what the odds are for each country to place top in the Group, as well as to qualify to the round of 16. If you've got a good hunch about any of the results, this might be the time to bet before the odds become less favourable:
World Cup Group E winner and qualifier odds:
Brazil – 1.44
Switzerland – 3.10
Serbia – 15.00
Switzerland to qualify – 1.01
Brazil to qualify – 1.05
Serbia to qualify – 6.50
World Cup Group F winner and qualifier odds
Mexico – 1/32
Germany – 4.75
Sweden – 7.50
Germany to qualify – 1.11
Mexico to qualify – 1.18
Sweden to qualify – 2.90
South Korea to qualify – 41.00
World Cup Group G winner odds
England – 1.62
Belgium – 2.20
World Cup Group H Winner and qualifier Odds
Japan – 2.40
Colombia – 2.90
Senegal – 3.10
Japan to qualify – 1.11
Colombia to qualify – 1.60
Senegal to qualify – 1.74
To check out odds by other betting sites, we suggest our World Cup odds section here, which displays updated odds for all the World Cup matches. After all, it's always good to compare odds by different sportsbooks to see who will give you the best return if you guess correctly.
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