World Cup 2014 Predictions: Updated Schedule, Odds and Picks for Round of 16

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2014

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 23:  Memphis Depay of the Netherlands celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between the Netherlands and Chile at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 23, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Brazil were the favourites to win the World Cup before a ball had been kicked at the 2014 summer showpiece, but how does the ground settle as we head into the knockout stages?

With the field now whittled down to the last 16, some giants are living up to their pre-competition tags as favourites, while other minnows—Costa Rica and Greece among them—have unexpectedly waded into the discussion.

The round of 16 gets underway on Saturday, and below we provide the latest fixture schedule, odds and predictions for each fixture, previewing the three biggest games.

All odds come courtesy of Oddsshark.com.

Via Bleacher Report
World Cup Round Of 16 Schedule and Odds
DateTimeTeam 1 (Win Odds)Draw OddsTeam 2 (Win Odds)Prediction
June 285 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBrazil (25-36)391-100Chile (9-2)Brazil win (pens)
June 289 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETColombia (6-5)5-2Uruguay (23-10)Colombia win
June 295 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETNetherlands (11-10)267-100Mexico (51-20)Netherlands win AET
June 299 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETCosta Rica (3-2)11-5Greece (19-10)Costa Rica win
June 305 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETFrance (1-2)5-1Nigeria (6-1)France win
June 309 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETGermany (100-333)17-5Algeria (10-1)Germany win
July 15 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETArgentina (100-227)261-100Switzerland (6-1)Argentina win
July 19 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETBelgium (50-59)333-100U.S.A. (17-5)Belgium win AET
Oddsshark.com

 

Key Round Of 16 Fixtures

Brazil vs. Chile

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 23:  Head coach Jorge Sampaoli of Chile looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between the Netherlands and Chile at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 23, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty I
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Saturday will be a momentous day for South American football as all four teams competing look to do their continent proud, and while Colombia take on Uruguay in the later matchup, Brazil and Chile promise to get things off to a fiery start.

Both teams have been attractive to watch throughout the course of their group endeavours, but Neymar has stood out en route to becoming the joint-top scorer in the tournament.

Chile have arguably looked more organised than their hosts, and have already beaten reigning champions Spain. In Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal they have two of the most sought-after players in European football.

Simon Caney of Sport believes the game is too close to call:

Despite the tight proximity of the clash, Chile are still standout underdogs to win on Saturday, currently priced at 9-2 by Oddsshark, while hosts Brazil will be expected to use that home advantage in progressing to the quarter-finals, sitting as 25-36 favourites.

Alternatively, a draw could be seen as good value at 391-100, with the two teams very likely to be tense in this make-or-break fixture, which makes extra-time a firm possibility.

Prediction: Brazil 2-2 Chile AET (Brazil win on penalties)

 

Netherlands vs. Mexico

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 23:  Nigel de Jong (L) and Memphis Depay of the Netherlands thank the fans after victory in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between the Netherlands and Chile at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 23, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil
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There arguably isn't a round-of-16 tie that poses two sides with more differing styles of play than that of the Netherlands versus Mexico.

The Oranje have been expressive, open and willing to take risks whenever they find possession, which, as OptaJohan points out, hasn't been all too often:

Mexico, on the other hand, are a far more reserved party, more interested with limiting enemy opportunities before springing forward with lightning-quick breaks. It shows in the odds, too, with Miguel Herrera's men priced by Oddsshark at 51-20.

However, El Tri drew 0-0 with Brazil in the group stage and beat Croatia 3-1, so they have already passed a couple of stiff tests. The Dutch can still be found at 11-10 in what will be a must-watch matchup for those who revel in the art of managerial tactics.

Prediction: Netherlands 2-1 Mexico AET

 

Argentina vs. Switzerland

VESPASIANO, BRAZIL - JUNE 26:  Lionel Messi of Argentina runs during a training session at Cidade do Galo on June 26, 2014 in Vespasiano, Brazil.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Lionel Messi has been the fire behind Argentina's 100 percent World Cup campaign so far, scoring and earning the man-of-the-match award in all three of their group fixtures.

Switzerland are the next target in his sights, pitched as lowly 6-1 underdogs to beat La Albiceleste on Tuesday, while Alejandro Sabella's men sit pretty at 100-227.

It's difficult to see past an Argentinian win here, and a 3-0 win over Honduras in the Swiss' final group game shouldn't paper over the cracks of what is a defensively poor side.

Prediction: Argentina 2-0 Switzerland