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We run down the full list of the last 16 fixtures in the World Cup with the key questions that will decide each tie.

England's second place finish in Group G means that they have to wait until Tuesday evening to play, the final game of the first knockout stage, whilst we kick-off with some mouth-watering ties.

Argentina just managed to get through - which has set up a meeting with France, whilst Group A winners Uruguay face Portugal. Both of those games are on Saturday.

The hosts Russia face Spain on Sunday whilst Croatia will look to continue their great start when they take on Denmark.

Belgium, who topped England's group, face Japan on the same day that Brazil take on Mexico in Samara.

Sweden and Switzerland meet in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, with the winner taking on either England or Colombia at the quarter-final stage.

Here's the full rundown of the last 16 ties at the World Cup, with the Sky Bet odds for each team to qualify.

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring for Argentina against Nigeria
Lionel Messi celebrates scoring for Argentina against Nigeria

Saturday, June 30

France (4/6) v Argentina (6/5) (1500 BST, Kazan, BBC One)

France: Need to get the best out of Antoine Griezmann and decide who plays with him up front. Argentina have been carved open at the back by pace time and time again, the French have that in bucketloads up front.

Argentina: It's all about Messi and player power, as they seem to be running this team now and not coach Jorge Sampaoli. If that amanages to break this team together they'll have a chance, but they need to tighten up at the back.

Verdict: France win in 90 minutes (Sky Bet odds 7/5)

Uruguay (10/11) v Portugal (10/11) (1900 BST, Sochi, ITV)

Uruguay: They're the mirror image of each other these two teams, but Uruguay have the edge at the back with the best defence at the World Cup. They'll happily take a 1-0 win and that may be all they can manage.

Portugal: Ronaldo's missed penalty almost dumped out the European champions in the group stage - he'll be desperate to make up for that error. They're not the best team but a great tournament team, but in Uruguay they may just be facing a side that does their trick even better.

Verdict: Uruguay in 90 minutes (9/5)

Diego Costa celebrates after scoring for Spain against Iran
Diego Costa celebrates after scoring for Spain against Iran

Sunday, July 1

Spain (1/4) v Russia (3/1) (1500 BST, Moscow Luzhniki, BBC One)

Spain: They're rivalling Brazil for the favourites tag and have a good round of 16 tie which presents them with a decent opportunity to progress. Russia will be tough, but they have enough to get past them.

Russia: The hosts have put in some good performances so far, but were undone by Uruguay in their final group game. Their World Cup adventure should come to an end at the hands of possible winners.

Verdict: Spain win in 90 minutes (4/7)

Croatia (2/5) v Denmark (2/1) (1900 BST, Nizhny Novgorod, ITV)

Croatia: They were the stars of Group D, and put in a fantastic performance during their 3-0 win over Argentina. Luka Modric has been in great form and will be key if they are to grab another win here.

Denmark: Progressed in second spot in Group C as expected. Christian Eriksen has pulled the strings going forward and is capable of causing the Croatian defenders problems.

Verdict: Croatia win in 90 minutes (17/20)

Brazil topped Group E with victory
Brazil topped Group E with victory over Serbia

Monday, July 2

Brazil (1/4) v Mexico (3/1) (1500 BST, Samara, ITV)

Brazil: Started the tournament slowly but have shown that they are rightly the favourites for success. The likes of Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Neymar are problematic going forward whilst Thiago Silva popped up with a goal against Serbia. Will be confident of victory.

Mexico: Lost their last game to a Sweden side who had to win, but Mexico have shown that they are more than capable of putting in a good performance. They'll make it tough for Brazil - but ultimately should lose out to a better side.

Verdict: Brazil win in 90 minutes (8/15)

Belgium (1/6) v Japan (4/1) (1900 BST, Rostov-on-Don, BBC One)

Belgium: Beat England in their final group game which ended up being a bit of a reserve outing for both sides. Talent throughout the ranks and currently in the midst of their 'golden generation'. Romelu Lukaku is rivalling Harry Kane for the Golden Boot and will see this as an opportunity to add more goals to his tally.

Japan: The surprise package of the group stages, defeat to Poland in their last game saw them drop down to second and go through via the fair play rule. They were slammed for essentially 'stopping playing' during the last 15 minutes of that clash with Poland. Should lose out to Belgium here.

Verdict: Belgium win in 90 minutes (2/5)

Harry Kane celebrates after scoring against Panama
Harry Kane celebrates after scoring against Panama

Tuesday, July 3

Sweden (Evens) v Switzerland (4/5) (1500 BST, St Petersburg, BBC One)

Sweden: A fantastic performance against Mexico saw them top Group F on goal difference. Andreas Granqvist has led by example and struck two penalties during the group stage. This is an intriguing clash that has all the potential of going past 90 minutes.

Switzerland: Held by Costa Rica in their final game but put in a superb performance against Serbia the game before that. Xherdan Shaqiri is key going forward by Yann Sommer has come up with some big saves when required in goal.

Verdict: Sweden win in extra-time (12/1)

Colombia (6/4) v England (8/15) (1900 BST, Moscow Spartak, ITV)

Colombia: Looked unconvincing in defeat to Japan but bounced back with a convincing 3-0 win over Poland and victory against Senegal. Star man James Rodriguez's injury is a big concern for Jose Pekerman and he could miss this crucial tie.

England: Hammered Panama 6-1 in their second group match and Harry Kane leads the Golden Boot race with five to his name. Gareth Southgate made eight changes in the defeat to Belgium and his first-team squad should be fresh and ready to go.

Verdict: England win in 90 minutes (11/10)


Odds correct at 1130 BST (29/06/18)

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