World Cup KnockOut Stages Bet Tips & Previews
15th day of the World Cup 2022 with bet tips and previews
After a memorable Group Stage with upsets and excitement aplenty, the World Cup plunges straight into the knockout phase.
With no team gaining maximum points and all showing a degree of vulnerability, this is already looking like one of the most competitive World Cups ever, and with the one-and-done format of knockout football, that is only set to intensify.
Here is a betting preview of the Round of 16 ties from the top half of the Round of 16 draw.
Argentina v Australia
It seems strange looking back now, but halfway through the Group Stage, there seemed a real chance of Lionel Messi exiting the World Cup after just three matches. Obviously that did not happen, but it is a nod to the unpredictable nature of tournament football – that opening loss to Saudi Arabia could have been terminal.
Having been given a second chance, Argentina will not want to waste it. The Round of 16 throws up a limited Australia side that pulled through a difficult Group D almost entirely on grit. Their win over Denmark was unexpected and featured plenty last-ditch of defending, but that is what the Socceroos do best: they make up for a lack of talent with fight and discipline.
However, Argentina seem to have been toughened by the adversity they faced in Group C, and manager Lionel Scaloni has gotten a better sense of what his best team is. Their defence also seems to be fairly solid, although they did not face a lot of offensive threat in their three group matches. Australia are unlikely to challenge them on that level anyway, and so this will be about the Albiceleste figuring out a way to break stubborn opponents down.
- Highest scoring half – 2nd at 2.03
Netherlands v USA
Everyone expected the Netherlands to make it through top of Group A, but few expected them to make such hard work of it. The Dutch never truly convinced: a plucky Senegal side went toe-to-toe with them for an hour, Ecuador outplayed them, and they only scored twice against an already-eliminated Qatar. Hardly the stuff to put fear into the hearts of opponents.
The Americans will certainly fancy their chances. While they needed a result against Iran – and needed to hang on nervously to get it – their points return did not offer a fair reflection of their play. They outplayed Wales for 45 minutes and England for an hour, but were undermined by a lack of incisive presence inside the opponents’ boxes.
The Dutch have no such problems, of course, with forward Cody Gakpo scoring in every match and justifying all of the hype. However, their traditional area of strength – midfield – has been curiously lightweight, with only Frenkie de Jong really stepping up to the plate. It will be fascinating to see the Barcelona man battle with the impressive Tyler Adams in the middle of the park, and that duel could ultimately decide the game.
- Double chance and BTTS (no) @ 2.18
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