Predicting the World Cup last 16 matches

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With the 2018 World Cup group stage now over, we know the last 16 teams standing.

[ MORE: Last 16 schedule, bracket ]

On Saturday the knockout rounds begin and some heavyweight battles will take place over the next few days. France v Argentina. Uruguay v Portugal. England v Colombia.

Bring. It. on.

[ MORE: 2018 World Cup Best XI (so far)]

With that in mind, we asked our esteemed staff of writers to make their predictions for how the last 16 matches will go.

Below you can find those predictions, and feel free to get involved yourself in the comments section below.

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Joe Prince-Wright
Portugal over Uruguay
Argentina over France
Brazil over Mexico
Belgium over Japan
Spain over Russia
Croatia over Denmark
Sweden over Switzerland
England over Colombia

Nicholas Mendola
Uruguay over Portugal
France over Argentina
Brazil over Mexico
Belgium over Japan
Spain over Russia
Croatia over Denmark
Switzerland over Sweden
Colombia over England

Kyle Bonn
Portugal over Uruguay
France over Argentina
Brazil over Mexico
Belgium over Japan
Spain over Russia
Croatia over Denmark
Switzerland over Sweden
England over Colombia

Andy Edwards
France over Argentina
Uruguay over Portugal
Spain over Russia
Croatia over Denmark
Brazil over Mexico
Belgium over Japan
Sweden over Switzerland
England over Colombia

Matt Reed
Spain over Russia
Portugal over Uruguay
France over Argentina
Brazil over Mexico
Croatia over Denmark
Switzerland over Sweden
Belgium over Japan
England over Colombia