World Cup Daily Briefing: Sane Brazil the favourites at mad World Cup

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Brazil are back as favourites to win the World Cup and Dan Fitch is on hand to direct you towards all the best betting advice and tips...

"Brazil aren’t spectacular, but their centre-backs do at least play as if they have met each other before."

Brazil are [4.0] to win the World Cup.

Today's games - Last-16, Tuesday 3 July

Sweden [3.15] v Switzerland [2.8]; The Draw [3.0]
Kick off 15:00, Live on BBC One

With their side of the draw having opened up, there is a great opportunity for either Sweden or Switzerland to seize a chance to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

"These two sides are tough to beat, and Switzerland went to extra time in the last 16 at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016."

Read Kevin Hatchard's Sweden v Switzerland match preview and betting tips here.

Colombia [4.1] v England [2.18]; The Draw [3.25]
Kick off 19:00, Live on ITV

The winner of England's match with Colombia will fancy their chances of reaching the latter stages of the tournament.

"England fully deserve to be favourites here but they look way too short to me. I'll be cheering the Three Lions on like any other England fan but they have a poor record in knockout matches at the World Cup (won only two of their last eight) so they won't be carrying any of my money at that price. In fact, I'll be taking them on."

Read Steve Rawling's Colombia v England match preview and betting tips here.

What happened yesterday?

Has there been 45 minutes of football at this World Cup as ludicrously entertaining as Belgium's dramatic comeback against Japan in the second-half? There probably has been and we've just forgotten, as this World Cup keeps serving up treat after treat. Nobody is unbeatable, as Belgium proved yesterday, despite progressing to the quarter-finals.

Japan took a 2-0 lead after the break and looked likely to knock out a Belgian side that were wide open defensively. Eyebrows were raised when the Belgian response was to bring on Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini, but they, along with Jan Vertonghen, scored the goals to give Roberto Martinez's team a 3-2 victory. Having been unable to cope with Japan's swift counter-attacks, Belgium finally saw sense and ditched their pretty passing game and took advantage of the fact that they were half a foot taller than the opposition.

Belgium will play Brazil, who beat Mexico 2-0 earlier in the afternoon. Unusually for the Brazilians, they are taking the role of the stable, sensible team at this World Cup, typically portrayed by Germany. They aren't spectacular, but their centre-backs do at least play as if they have met each other before.

Brazil are the [1.6] favourites to make it the semi-finals, with Belgium at [2.62]. So far Brazil have managed to retain their poise when the opposition have put them under pressure, but Belgium will provide the biggest test yet, having proved that they have an effective Plan B to crack open when things are not going their way.

Who will win the World Cup?

Brazil are back as favourites. They kept their third successive clean sheet in the victory over Mexico and in a tournament where everyone else are generously giving away goals for fun, that marks them out as a safe bet at [4.0].

France are the second favourites at [5.3], with Belgium at [7.0]. On the other side of the draw, Croatia and England are locked together at [8.0], but with England yet to make it through to the quarter-finals, that could all change if they can get past Colombia tonight.

England watch

Gareth Southgate must be feeling pretty smug right now. He received a lot of criticism for his relaxed attitude to finishing second in Group G, but it's subsequently been proved beyond any doubt that England are on the easier side of the draw, with even Japan pitching in to show how difficult life would have been had they won the group.

Now, with the opportunity of a lifetime mapped out before them, England are tasked with simply not mucking it up. This is not typically an area in which the English excel, but nevertheless they are rated as the [1.57] favourites to make it to the quarter-finals, with Colombia at [2.72].

Who will be the top scorer?

Romelu Lukaku's failure to add to his tally of four goals against against Japan saw his price to win the Golden Boot come out to [7.8], with Harry Kane (five goals) coming in to [1.95].

Neymar scored his second goal of the tournament against Mexico and is now the fourth favourite at [22.0], ahead of third favourite Kylian Mbappe (three goals) at [9.2].

What other sport is on today?

The time before Sweden play Switzerland and the couple of hours in-between that match and England's game with Colombia, can now be effectively filled by turning over to coverage of Wimbledon on the BBC.

It's a good job that Sue Barker is anchoring the tennis rather than the football, because if she was exposed to Ally McCoist's pithy observations about Russian history, there would be a serious danger of a laughter-related injury, judging by the evidence of their time together on A Question Of Sport.

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