A titanic matchup between two European powers. An upstart from North Africa. A pair of South American soccer juggernauts on a collision course. The drama of the World Cup quarterfinal round spans the globe – and offers sports bettors the opportunity to wager on favorites and longshots alike. To get the most from it, grab the FanDuel $1k no-sweat bet.
The tournament’s quarterfinals open Friday. Brazil plays Croatia and Argentina faces Netherlands. Both of the South America squads are favored, potentially setting up a semifinal capable of shaking the continent from Tierra del Fuego to the mouth of the Amazon. Saturday opens with Morocco trying to continue its miracle run against Portugal. England and France then will be facing off in a tilt sure to raise anxiety levels on both sides of the English Channel. A lot of FanDuel fun awaits.
Of the remaining teams, Brazil is the favorite to win the World Cup, with +175 odds at FanDuel. France follows at +450. Portugal and Argentina are both at +550. And first-timers can get in on the action with the “No Sweat First Bet” promotion offered to new users by FanDuel. That deal reimburses any first wager that loses in the form of free bets up to $1,000.
Here’s a breakdown of each of the four World Cup quarterfinals, with odds from FanDuel:
FanDuel $1k No-Sweat Bet: Croatia vs. Brazil
The Brazilians are heavy -750 favorites in the match. That’s no surprise, given that they’ve outscored opponents 7-2 in the tournament. After losing to Cameroon 1-0 in a group stage finale in which they played lots of backups, Brazil turned on the jets and hammered South Korea 4-1 in a Round of 16 game that saw Neymar return from an ankle injury. Croatia has +500 odds to win the match. It has played mostly tight games including two scoreless draws in group play before beating Japan on penalty kicks to open the knockout round.
Netherlands vs. Argentina
The unbeaten Netherlands, a +128 underdog in the match, outscored opponents 5-1 in group and opened the Round of 16 with a convincing 3-1 victory over the United States. Striker Cody Gakpo has powered the Dutch with three goals. Argentina, a -156 favorite in the match, suffered a seismic loss to Saudi Arabia to open group play, but has since outscored opponents 6-1 and dispatched Australia 2-1 to open the knockout round. Argentine star Lionel Messi has lived up to billing, with three goals and an assist thus far in the event.
Morocco vs. Portugal
Giant-killing Morocco, which knocked out Belgium with a 2-0 victory on the final match of group play and then dispatched Spain on penalty kicks to open the Round of 16, is a +290 wager to keep its magical run going against Portugal. Infamous for underperforming in major competitions, Portugal looked very strong in a 6-1 knockout round opener over Switzerland, and is a -390 wager to reach the semifinals even with Cristiano Ronaldo relegated to a backup role. Goncalo Ramos, with three goals thus far, is the new danger man for the Portuguese.
England vs. France
Reigning champion France has looked exceptional in its World Cup defense, outscoring opponents 9-4 to this point, dispatching Poland 3-1 in the Round of 16, and holding -128 odds of advancing into the semifinals. Kylian Mbappe of the Roosters is the tournament’s leading scorer with five goals, while teammate Olivier Giroud has three. But bookmakers expect this to be a tight match – England is a mild +104 underdog, with good reason given that the unbeaten Three Lions have not allowed a goal in three straight matches and have outscored opponents 12-2 overall. Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford lead a balanced British offense with three goals apiece.