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Back all the last-16 favourites for a World Cup pay day

| 27.06.2014

Bookmakers were taken to the cleaners on a number of occasions last season, with a host of weekends seeing all the favourites win their matches.

The second round of the World Cup looks like replicating such events on the international stage with the pairing making for what looks like eight easy games to call.

With a £10 stake on the eight favourites returning a cool £834.48 it’d be rude not to have a cheeky little punt, wouldn’t it?

Brazil to beat Chile @ 3/5

Brazil have won nine of the last 10 meetings, drawing the other, and have 3-0, 4-0, 5-0 and 6-1 victories over Chile to take confidence from. Nuff said!

Colombia to beat Uruguay @ evens

Los Cafeteros ended a Uruguay six-game unbeaten run over them with a 4-0 win in 2012 and with Luis Suarez out of the picture La Celeste should be sent packing with ease.

Holland to beat Mexico @ 21/20

Mexico did well to hold Brazil to a draw and claim six points in Group A but the El Tri defence that conceded just one goal in the first three games will be put under intense scrutiny by the freescoring Oranje who smashed 10 goals in Group B.

Costa Rica to beat Greece @ 11/8

Greece left qualification until the last minute but Costa Rica cruised through the group stages with convincing wins over both Uruguay and Italy.

Any team that can dispose of those two sides should be fancied to beat the plucky but creatively-limited Greeks.

France to beat Nigeria @ 1/2

Les Bleus are unbeaten in eight games, have smashed 16 goals in their last four and should have little trouble swatting aside a Nigeria outfit happy to skip training in order to ensure they get their bonuses!

Argentina to beat Switzerland @ 1/2

Lionel Messi is on fire, scoring in every game so far in Brazil, and bagged a hat-trick last time these two met. The Barca man seems destined to go all the way and it will take a stronger test that the Swiss to stop him.

Germany to beat Algeria @ 3/10

After the ‘Shame of Gijon’ this game will be of particular interest and while Algeria have it in their locker to frustrate Germany Joachim Low’s side simply have too much talent for their African rivals.

Belgium to beat USA @ 5/6

Perhaps the trickiest of the games to call after Belgium failed to live up to hype in the group stages, However, on paper the Red Devils boast a far superior squad and with a quarter-final stage at stake they have to deliver!

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.