After the thrills and spills of an enthralling and unpredictable group phase, the World Cup knockout action kicks off with a mouth-watering showdown featuring Brazil and an impressive Chile outfit in Belo Horizonte.
The home side get the nod from bookies, bet365 pricing them at 4/6, while Stan James make Jorge Sampaoli’s side 9/2 to stun the nation by eliminating the Selecao in normal time. It’s 3/1 (BetVictor) for the fixture to require extra time.
Brazil warrant their status as favourites following an improved performance against Cameroon, but they’re a risky bet against a Chilean side winning plenty of friends with their attacking style.
In fact, punters might be better served by avoiding the match betting and focusing on goal-related wagers, such as William Hill’s 10/11 about both teams getting on the scoresheet or Stan James’s 5/6 about a tally of three or more.
Alternatively, in-form front man Neymar is 7/2 with Paddy Power to break the deadlock and it’s 85/40 at BetVictor for the sides to generate over 3.5 goals between them.
Over 3.5 goals – 85/40 (BetVictor)