Uruguay vs. France, Brazil vs. Belgium, Sweden vs. England, Russia vs. Croatia

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Before the tournament, Lawro correctly chose 14 of the 16 teams that reached the first knockout stage, including Brazil -his pick to win the tournament, and England - who he thought would go out in the quarter-finals.

Penalties decided a number of matches in the round, with Croatia and England also needing spot kicks to qualify for the quarter-finals at the expense of Denmark and Colombia.

Brazil have suffered a blow after learning full-back Danilo will not feature again at the 2018 FIFA World Cup due to an ankle injury.

One key area where the quarter-final could be won or lost is on set-pieces, with both teams excelling in this regard so far.

Some of the usual heavyweights rub shoulders with surprise packages in the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup, which get under when France take on Uruguay in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday.

With a busy schedule, here is our guide on how to watch every second of the action.

The 2018 World Cup rolls on in Russian Federation this weekend with the quarterfinals, and the field of teams will be cut down to the final four by Saturday.

Uruguay is no joke and at pre-World Cup odds of +3300 there will be more than a few bettors biting their fingernails in this match against France. Romelu Lukaku had an off day in the round of 16, but his quality makes him the player to watch out for a while other big names in Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard remain a unsafe proposition. Eight of the best sides aided by some strong attacking play and fortuitous penalty shootouts are now waiting in the wings to play another high-pressure match while carrying the burden of expectation of an entire nation.

Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani stole the headlines with his brilliant two-goal performance in the round of 16 against Portugal.

Coach Stanislav Cherchesov was the butt of jokes before the tournament after his team failed to win any of its last seven pre-World Cup friendlies.

"Emotions are simple. You show them when you direct the team". Belgium have already shown their attacking prowess, but they had to claw back from the brink of defeat against Japan in the R16.

Our pundits seem to think so, with only two predicting a win to nil, and with Gab and ESPN Mexico's Ricardo Puig tipping 2-0 to Brazil.

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The large number of upsets during the World Cup has changed many teams' paths to the final.

Bosnian-born coach Zlatko Dalic, who played as a midfielder for many clubs in the former Yugoslavia and Croatia, was appointed at the most critical point of the team's turbulent qualifying campaign.

The Round of 16 encounter ended in a 1-1 stalemate after Yerry Mina had cancelled out Harry Kane's opener in stoppage, but England went on to win 4-3 on penalties.

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