The final four games of the second round take place in the next 48 hours before we are left with the final eight for the 2014 World Cup.
Brazil face Colombia and Netherlands take on Costa Rica in the two quarter-final matches that are already set up.
Monday sees France play Nigeria and Germany versus Algeria.
Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho will be involved as France are favourites to beat the runners-up from Group F.
France are the clear favourites having picked up 7 points from their three group games – a 3-0 thrashing of Honduras, a 5-2 thrashing of Switzerland before resting players in a 0-0 draw with Ecuador.
Nigeria were held 0-0 by Iran before beating Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0. They finished their group with a 3-2 loss to Argentina.
France have the quality to to win this tie in 90 minutes.
France are 1.45 to beat Nigeria
In the second match on Monday, Germany are heavy favourites to progress from their tie with Algeria.
Germany were group winners with 7 points after beating both Portugal and USA to nil either side of a draw with Ghana.
Algeria’s 4-2 win over South Korea set them up to qualify which they confirmed with a 1-1 draw against Russia.
Expect the African side to play very defensive and look to play on the counter. But I’d expect Germany to get this tie won in 90 minutes and won comfortably.
Germany are 1.80 to lead at half-time/full-time
On Tuesday, Argentina continue their campaign against Switzerland after 3 wins in their group, all by a single goal.
France’s 5-2 thrashing of Switzerland will surely give the Argentina attack confident in breaking down the European side’s defence. Not that an attack containing Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuaín and Ángel di María should lack confidence.
Switzerland have looked decent on the attack in this tournament, scoring 7 goals themselves and should fancy their chances to get on the scoresheet against an Argentina defence that hasn’t overly impressed.
Still, the South Americans should win this.
Argentina are 1.50 to beat Switzerland
Another Liverpool player still in the 2014 World Cup is goalkeeper Simon Mignolet who plays backup to Thibaut Courtois.
Belgium play the final second round tie as they take on the USA.
Although Mignolet isn’t expected to feature, he should be able to enjoy watching his nation win from the substitutes bench.
Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku will have too much for the USA defence that has been tirelessly defending in their opening three matches.
Belgium to beat USA is 2.00
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