Spain vs Russia
So Spain now meet the hosts Russia in this last 16 tie.
Spain have probably impressed so far in this World Cup. Although they are a good side they are an aging side so critics were starting to question the previous world and European champions. They were a little unlucky not to beat Portugal and dominated against Iran and Morocco and the score lines probably don't tell the full story.
Russia also impressed in their first two games but they were 2 victories against 2 poor sides in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. They were brought down to earth against a decent Uruguay side and were comfortably beaten 3-0 by the South American side.
Smolnikov was sent off in that defeat so he will be missing for the hosts.
Spain should progress in the 90 minutes.
Spain vs Russia prediction
|Spain||Bet365||1.61||8||1-1 LOST (-8 units)|