European teams have dominated the last couple of World Cups but can they do the same this year?
After Spain and Italy won the last two World Cups, a certain amount of pressure has been placed on the shoulders of European teams as they look to take on the best sides from around the globe.
This year there are six European teams in the round of 16 and here I take a look at which sides are likely to make it to the quarter finals.
I expect France, Germany, Holland and Belgium to make it into the quarter finals, with Switzerland following Greece out of the competition at the first knockout stage.
After topping their group without losing a game I expect France to beat Nigeria, however it may not be a straight forward win.
Nigeria have played well so far and came close to grabbing a point against Argentina in their last group game. They have players who are great on the counter attack as well as players who are strong defensively.
The French though should have enough as there isn't one area that they are weak in.
Prediction: France 3 - 1 Nigeria
I think the Germany v Algeria and the Argentina v Switzerland matches will be easy wins for the favourites.
Germany will have too much pace and power for Algeria as they have so many players that can damage the opposition. Algeria have done well to get to the round of 16 but they won't have enough to beat the Germans.
Switzerland conceded five goals to France and I fear it could be a similar amount in the Argentina game. With players like Lionel Messi I think the Swiss will be flying home after what has been a fairly good tournament for them.
Prediction: Germany 4 - 1 Algeria
Prediction: Argentina 5 - 2 Switzerland
Lastly, Belgium v USA could be very close with both teams capable of making it through to the quarter-finals.
Belgium and the USA are quite evenly matched but I think Belgium may just have enough to beat the Americans. The European side are tactically very good and have a lot of fire power going forward. I fear the USA won't be able to keep a clean but they won't be able to out score Belgium.
Prediction: Belgium 2 - 1 USA
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