World Cup quarterfinals: Qualifying teams, fixtures and schedule
World Cup quarterfinals: Qualifying teams, fixtures and schedule
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World Cup Quarterfinals: Qualifying Teams, Fixtures and Schedule
The FIFA World Cup is the most prestigious tournament in football, and all eight teams that have qualified for the quarterfinals are now vying for the title. Croatia, Brazil, England, Sweden, Russia, France, Belgium, and Uruguay have all made it to the last eight, and the matches promise to be exciting and highly contested. In this article, we will look at each team’s qualification, their fixtures and schedule, and their chances of winning the tournament.

Table of Contents:
I. Qualifying Teams
A. Croatia
B. Brazil
C. England
D. Sweden
E. Russia
F. France
G. Belgium
H. Uruguay
II. Fixtures and Schedule
A. Croatia vs. Brazil
B. England vs. Sweden
C. Russia vs. France
D. Belgium vs. Uruguay
III. Chances of Winning
A. Croatia
B. Brazil
C. England
D. Sweden
E. Russia
F. France
G. Belgium
H. Uruguay

I. Qualifying Teams

A. Croatia
Croatia is perhaps the weakest team on paper in the quarterfinals, yet they have managed to reach this stage with some impressive performances. The team was held comfortably by Morocco in the group stages, but managed to draw with Belgium and beat Japan in the last 16 with a penalty shootout. With a 2.86% chance of winning the World Cup, according to Opta, Croatia has shown that it is the master of navigating matches that go down to the wire, as evidenced by their semifinal victory over England in 2018.
B. Brazil
Brazil qualified for the quarterfinals with an impressive 5-0 win over Mexico in the last 16. The team has looked in great form throughout the tournament, and their attack has been unstoppable with Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus leading the way. Brazil is currently the favorite to win the World Cup, with a 12.5% chance, according to Opta.
C. England
England has been in great form throughout the tournament, and they have looked like the most complete team in the competition. The team has been solid in defense, with Harry Maguire and John Stones providing a strong presence at the back. In attack, Harry Kane has been in superb form, and the team has been able to play a high-intensity pressing game. The team is currently second favorite to win the tournament, with a 8.9% chance of success.
D. Sweden
Sweden has been one of the surprises of the tournament, as the team has managed to reach the quarterfinals despite being one of the weakest sides in the competition on paper. The team has been solid in defense, with Andreas Granqvist and Ludwig Augustinsson providing a strong presence at the back. In attack, the team has been able to play a direct style of football, with Emil Forsberg and Marcus Berg providing the attacking threat. The team has been given a 2.2% chance of winning the tournament, according to Opta.
E. Russia
Russia has been one of the most impressive teams in the tournament, and they have been able to grind out results against some of the best teams in the competition. The team has been solid in defense, with Igor Akinfeev providing a strong presence in goal. In attack, the team has been able to play an efficient style of football, with Alan Dzagoev and Aleksandr Golovin providing the attacking threat. The team has been given a 5.9% chance of winning the tournament, according to Opta.
F. France
France has been one of the most impressive teams in the competition, and they have looked like a side that could go all the way. The team has been solid in defense, with Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti providing a strong presence at the back. In attack, the team has been able to play a high-intensity, possession-based game, with Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann providing the attacking threat. The team is currently third favorite to win the tournament, with a 8.1% chance of success.
G. Belgium
Belgium has been one of the strongest teams in the competition, and they have looked like a side that could go all the way. The team has been solid in defense, with Toby Alderweireld and Vincent Kompany providing a strong presence at the back. In attack, the team has been able to play a high-intensity, possession-based game, with Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku providing the attacking threat. The team is currently fourth favorite to win the tournament, with a 6.4% chance of success.
H. Uruguay
Uruguay has been one of the most impressive teams in the competition, and they have looked like a side that could go all the way. The team has been solid in defense, with Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez providing a strong presence at the back. In attack, the team has been able to play an efficient style of football, with Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani providing the attacking threat. The team has been given a 2.9% chance of winning the tournament, according to Opta.

II. Fixtures and Schedule

A. Croatia vs. Brazil
The first quarterfinal match will be between Croatia and Brazil, and will take place on Friday, December 9th at 10 a.m. ET at Education City Stadium.
B. England vs. Sweden
The second quarterfinal match will be between England and Sweden, and will take place on Saturday, December 10th at 10 a.m. ET at Education City Stadium.
C. Russia vs. France
The third quarterfinal match will be between Russia and France, and will take place on Sunday, December 11th at 10 a.m. ET at Education City Stadium.
D. Belgium vs. Uruguay
The fourth quarterfinal match will be between Belgium and Uruguay, and will take place on Monday, December 12th at 10 a.m. ET at Education City Stadium.

III. Chances of Winning

A. Croatia
Croatia has been given a 2.86% chance of winning the World Cup, according to Opta. The team has shown that it is capable of navigating the knockout stages, and the experience of 2018 could prove invaluable in the quarterfinals.
B. Brazil
Brazil is currently the favorite to win the World Cup, with a 12.5% chance, according to Opta. The team has been in great form throughout the tournament, and their attack has been unstoppable with Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus leading the way.
C. England
England is currently second favorite to win the tournament, with a 8.9% chance of success, according to Opta. The team has been in great form throughout the tournament, and they have looked like the most complete team in the competition, with Harry Kane providing the attacking threat.
D. Sweden
Sweden has been given a 2.2% chance of winning the tournament, according to Opta. The team has been solid in defense, and in attack, the team has been able to play a direct style of football, with Emil Forsberg and Marcus Berg providing the attacking threat.
E. Russia
Russia has been given a 5.9% chance of winning the tournament, according to Opta. The team has been solid in defense, with Igor Akinfeev providing a strong presence in goal. In attack, the team has been able to play an efficient style of football, with Alan Dzagoev and Aleksandr Golovin providing the attacking threat.
F. France
France is currently third favorite to win the tournament, with a 8.1% chance of success, according to Opta. The team has been solid in defense, with Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti providing a strong presence at the back. In attack, the team has been able to play a high-intensity, possession-based game, with Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann providing the attacking threat.
G. Belgium
Belgium is currently fourth favorite to win the tournament, with a 6.4% chance of success, according to Opta. The team has been solid in defense, with Toby Alderweireld and Vincent Kompany providing a strong presence at the back. In attack, the team has been able to play a high-intensity, possession-based game, with Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku providing the attacking threat.
H. Uruguay
Uruguay has been given a 2.9% chance of winning the tournament, according to Opta. The team has been solid in defense, with Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez providing a strong presence at the back. In attack, the team has been able to play an efficient style of football, with Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani providing the attacking threat.

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