World Cup Predictions 2018: Odds for Sunday's Round-of-16 Matches

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2018

ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA - JUNE 26:  Luka Modric of Croatia controls the ball from Sverrir Ingason of Iceland during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Iceland and Croatia at Rostov Arena on June 26, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Croatia and Denmark will hope to advance to the quarter-finals in place of the other at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Sunday when they meet at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

They will come together after 2010 World Cup winners Spain face off against hosts Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Here are score predictions for the matches, as well as the latest odds, according to OddsShark:

  • Spain (16-25), Draw (11-4), Russia (22-5): 3-1
  • Croatia (43-50), Draw (9-4), Denmark (7-2): 2-0


Croatia have been highly impressive at the World Cup, scoring seven goals and conceding just once—from the penalty spot—against Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland.

Writer and broadcaster Deji Faremi felt they were the best team of the group stage:

Deji Faremi @deejayfaremi

Croatia have been the most convincing team at the World Cup. But can they win it?

Per BT Sport's Ian Darke, the omens are in their favour:

Ian Darke @IanDarke

The last 8 World Cup winners won their group on the way. Here that’s Uruguay, Spain, France , Sweden, Brazil , Croatia , Belgium , Colombia.

At the very least, they will hope to emulate the Croatia side of 1998, who finished third at the World Cup in France.

With the world-class talent of Luka Modric in midfield, along with some other strong players such as Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic and Ivan Perisic, they have the quality to go far in the competition.

Standing in their way of a quarter-final berth are Denmark, who edged out Peru 1-0 before picking up draws with Australia and France.

The Danes weren't overly impressive across their three group-stage matches, but playmaker Christian Eriksen has shown his importance to the side.

After slipping in Yussuf Poulsen for the decisive goal against Peru, he scored a fine effort against the Socceroos:

ITV Football @itvfootball

GOAL! A clever reverse ball from Jorgensen in the 18-yard box finds Eriksen steaming in who meets the ball on the rise with his left foot and cannons it into the net https://t.co/B59dPuOm9t

The midfielder has been in fine form for Denmark for quite some time:

OptaJoe @OptaJoe

18 - Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 18 goals in his last 15 appearances for Denmark (13 goals, 5 assists). Pivotal. #DEN #DENAUS #WorldCup

Denmark's chances largely rest on his shoulders, but Croatia will be well aware of his importance to the team and will look to nullify his effectiveness as they did with Lionel Messi against Argentina.

Meanwhile, their stronger spread of talented, in-form players throughout the team should see them take this.