World Cup Bracket 2014: Latest Predictions and Game Lines for Updated Draw

Stuart Newman@@StuNewmanSportFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2014

Brazilian residents watch the opening match of FIFA World Cup between Brazil and Croatia behind a replica of the trophy in Porto Seguro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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As the curtain came down on the World Cup’s group stage on Thursday, we were left with two thoughts.

One: we’re depressingly halfway to summer boredom once again, and two: can this tournament possibly get any better?

Indeed, Brazil’s instalment of the World Cup has been one of the best ever, and the good news is, there’s plenty more where that came from.

Pre-tournament favourites eliminated, shock results, heroes being born—yes, the first two weeks in Brazil have had it all, setting up a round of 16 draw to whet the appetite of any football fan.


Here, we take a look at who’s playing who in the last 16, with odds, predictions and a glance the potential shock of the round as we approach the winter of the tournament.

World Cup 2014 Round of 16
June 28Brazil vs. ChileBrazil: 3-5 Draw: 4-1 Chile: 9-2Brazil 1-2 Chile
June 28Colombia vs. UruguayColombia: 6-5 Draw: 5-2 Uruguay: 23-10Colombia 3-1 Uruguay
June 29Netherlands vs. MexicoNetherlands: 11-10 Draw: 5-2 Mexico: 5-2Netherlands 1-0 Mexico
June 29Costa Rica vs. GreeceCosta Rica: 3-2 Draw: 11-5 Greece: 19-10Costa Rica 2-1 Greece
June 30France vs. NigeriaFrance: 1-2 Draw: 17-5 Nigeria: 6-1France 3-2 Nigeria
June 30Germany vs. AlgeriaGermany: 3-10 Draw: 19-4 Algeria: 10-1Germany 2-0 Algeria
July 1Argentina vs. SwitzerlandArgentina: 11-25 Draw: 3-1 Switzerland: 6-1Argentina 2-1 Switzerland
July 1Belgium vs. USABelgium: 17-20 Draw: 64-25 USA: 17-5Belgium 1-2 USA

Chile Could Spoil Brazil’s Party

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 18:  (L-R) Mauricio Isla, Arturo Vidal and Gary Medel of Chile celebrate victory after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Chile at Maracana on June 18, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Ma
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Though this year’s World Cup has been absolutely full of surprises, one thing has remained constant throughout—Brazil are under immense pressure.

Coming into the tournament having not progressed beyond the quarter-finals since winning the trophy back in 2002, the five-time champions now have the weight of an entire nation on their shoulders, pushing them towards glory.

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 17:  Neymar of Brazil, Paulinho abd Jo look dejected after a 0-0 draw in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 17, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Ima
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However, even getting to the quarter-finals this year could prove a tough task, with Chile standing in their way in the last 16.

While the hosts have been a little unconvincing so far, Chile have been anything but, putting together three strong performances in Group B on their way to the runners-up spot.

Their brilliance hasn’t gone unnoticed, either, with Rio Ferdinand among those singing their praises on Twitter:

The way that Chile set themselves up, with pace in abundance up front combined with a stubborn defensive line, makes them a favourite for glory in Brazil, and so they proved in the group stage.

Brazil defender David Luiz was one of those that took note of Chile’s dangerous style, saying that his side will have their work cut out against them and, particularly, star man Alexis Sanchez—per

Chile are a team who deserve to be there. They have a philosophy of playing good football. They have lots of pace and excellent players. Alexis is a star. I admire him a lot. He is a great player and we will need to be careful with him. We can't leave him any space.

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 23: David Luiz of Brazil controls the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Brazil at Estadio Nacional on June 23, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Luiz will be one of those in charge of making sure that the Barcelona star doesn’t get any space, but if he lets his guard down for one moment then it could be costly.

Sanchez has scored nine goals in his last 14 internationals according to SoccerWay, including one against Australia in Chile’s opening World Cup match.

Though a lethal finisher, it’s Sanchez’s all-round game that Brazil need to be wary of when the teams collide on Saturday in Belo Horizonte, as he has the ability to turn defences inside out and provide the telling pass before a goal.

CUIABA, BRAZIL - JUNE 13:  Alexis Sanchez of Chile celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Chile and Australia at Arena Pantanal on June 13, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazil.  (Photo by Stu Forster/
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Keeping Sanchez quiet will be difficult for Brazil, whose journey seems destined to come to an end before July 13’s final.

Though it seems the Brazilians have made vast improvements since opening the World Cup against Croatia, their performances need to drastically improve once again if they’re to stay alive in the tournament.

If both sides bring their group-stage form into Saturday’s round of 16 clash then there’s only going to be one winner, and it’s not one that will go down well with the Sao Paulo crowd.

However, the hosts do have a not-so-secret weapon up their sleeve—Neymar.

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 23:  Neymar of Brazil celebrates scoring his team's second goal and his second of the game during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Brazil at Estadio Nacional on June 23, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (
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Co-leading the World Cup scoring charts with four, the 22-year-old comes into the knockout stage in the form of his life—as OptaJoe revealed:

Though his four goals have come against far weaker opposition than he’ll be facing at the Estadio Mineirao, he remains one of the hottest properties in world football.

With both sides harbouring fierce attacking lines, it’s clear where on the pitch the match will be won—in the defensive areas.

Though Brazil have expectations to meet and Neymar to call upon in their time of need, having a defensive line as shaky as theirs could see them crash out at the first knockout-stage hurdle.

A counter-attacking team are a thorn in Brazil’s side and there are few in the business better than the Chileans.

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It’s bound to be a tight affair in Belo Horizonte, but Chile just about have the edge on the pitch. All that’s left for Jorge Sampaoli’s side to do is silence the 12th man, which their football is more than capable of doing.

Prediction: Brazil 1-2 Chile


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