World Cup Daily Briefing: Last-16 kicks off, Brazil and Kane remain favourites

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The last-16 of the 2018 World Cup starts today and Dan Fitch is on hand to direct you to all the best tips and bets.

"England are the fourth favourites, thanks to a route to the final that’s so easy, that even Mark Thatcher could make his way there without his sat-nav on."

England are [8.8] to win the World Cup.

Today's games - Last-16, Saturday 30 June

France [2.46] v Argentina [3.65]; The Draw [3.1]
Kick off 15:00, Live on BBC One

France cruised through Group C without showing us what they're really made of. Can an Argentine side capable of both brilliance and ineptitude prove to be the test they need to reveal their best?

"France have greater depth of quality across their starting line-up, but if they perform as they did in the group stages, there's no reason to suspect they'll clearly outplay Argentina on the day."

Read James Eastham's France v Argentina match preview and betting tips here.

Uruguay [2.94] v Portugal; The Draw [2.96]
Kick off 19:00, Live on ITV

Uruguay are yet to concede a goal in the competition, while Portugal have shown their ability to grind out results when they won Euro 2016.

"The draw is on offer at [3.0] and this looks well worth backing. Portugal have already drawn twice in their three matches this summer and six of their seven games during their European triumph ended with a stalemate after 90 minutes."

Read Simon Mail's Uruguay v Portugal match preview and betting tips here.

What happened yesterday?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Yesterday marked the first day since the tournament started that we were starved of even a single game.

It gave us a bleak insight into what life will be like when the World Cup has ended. A dark void, that when you gaze into it, can't help but to remind us that our time on this planet is finite and some would say, pointless. We only get to experience a few dozen summers (if we're lucky), of which only one in every four brings with it the magic of a World Cup. So cherish this tournament and appreciate every moment. Even the bits when VAR is really annoying or when Mark Lawrenson is co-commentating.

That said, Thursday was shocking wasn't it? Japan passing it around at the back, trying not to pick up any bookings. England winning the battle of who could care less against Belgium, by losing 1-0 and getting the easier draw.

Thankfully there'll be none of that from here on in. It's win or bust for everyone and there are no second chances. For the World Cup can only really begin when the end is in sight.

Who will win the World Cup?

Brazil's collision course with Belgium has seen their price come out to [5.1], though they remain the favourites to win the World Cup. Spain are second favourites at [5.8], with Belgium at [8.0].

England are fourth favourites at [8.8], thanks to a route to the final that's so easy, that even Mark Thatcher could make his way there without his sat-nav on.

Quote of the day

"He said, look, I know everyone says I want the Golden Boot. Of course it's something I want to do. But the main thing is getting the team through the first knock-out."

Gareth Southgate on what Harry Kane said to him when he told the striker he wasn't playing against Belgium, proving that the Spurs star is every bit as good a liar as a goalscorer.

England watch

Dele Alli has been injured and is therefore the only first choice England player that had a legitimate reason to be sat on the bench against Belgium. Alli is expected to return for the match against Colombia, with England the [2.14] favourites to claim victory.

Who will be top goalscorer?

Kane remains the favourite to win the Golden Boot, but his price has drifted a little to [2.86], having sat out the Belgium match. Romelu Lukaku is the second favourite at [5.2], with Cristiano Ronaldo at [6.8] and Diego Costa at [9.0].

What other sport is on today?

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