There are no huge surprises among the eight national teams remaining in the 2022 World Cup. In fact, seven are ranked in the top-12 of the FIFA rankings. Only Morocco (No. 22), is outside the top 20. However, the Moroccans have been one of the most exciting teams in the tournament.
Four World Cup Quarterfinal matches will be kickoff this Friday and Saturday.
On Friday morning -- Croatia vs. Brazil is the early breakfast game (8 am). Then afterward, Netherlands vs. Argentina is the lake soccer brunch (noon).
On Saturday morning -- Morocco vs. Portugal is the early riser (8 am), followed by a potential epic closer to the Round of 8 with England vs. France (noon).
Spreads.ca offers plenty of opportunities to spice up your latte and maybe even kick off a busy sports betting weekend with some winners.
Here's a look at the odds to win in regulation (first 90 minutes):
The quarterfinals round has been typically dominated by the traditional powerhouses and this year's crop is stacked with great teams and legendary players. Cinderella stories also usually come to an end at this stage. However, all eight teams clearly belong here based on their play in Qatar, though some will insist Croatia and Morocco are the real surprises.
Here's our thoughts for all four matches:
Croatia vs. Brazil: The Brazilians should win it and advance, but who wants to lay -265 odds? Instead, consider Brazil at close to even money to have the lead at halftime (priced at -130).
-- Netherlands vs. Brazil: Argentina is volatile, and just as easily could lose by 2 goals as win by 2. We see value in an underrated Dutch team that looks well-balanced (priced at +260).
-- Morocco vs. Portugal: Morocco is a great story and fun team to watch, but Portugal looks like a beast. Both teams can put the call into the net, so we like OVER on most related totals props, including OVER 2.5 goals to be scored.
-- England vs. France: England drew a tough opponent in this round, as France is the defending champion and might deserve to be favored to win it all again. Getting France to win at +145 in regulation is a bargain.