The 2018 World Cup knockout stage is officially underway, and while many of the favorites have advanced, several teams are noticeably absent. Defending champion Germany failed to advance past the group stage, while Argentina and Portugal lost their opening match in the Round of 16. With the knockout stage set and now down to 12 teams, it’s time to fill out your 2018 World Cup bracket. You can pick which teams will advance based on your own bias… or you can trust a successful model that been proven to work. If you want to finish on top of your 2018 World Cup bracket pool on FIFA’s official site or anywhere else, you need to see what European football expert David Sumpter has to say.

Sumpter is an applied mathematician who wrote “Soccermatics” — the book that shows how math works inside the game. Together with experienced analysts, Sumpter developed the powerful Soccerbot model.

The Soccerbot reads current odds and all team performance data, calculates key metrics and predicts upcoming matches. In the two-and-a-half seasons since it was born, the Soccerbot is up 1,800 percent on bookmakers’ closing odds. That’s right — 1,800 percent!

Now, the Soccerbot, which analyzed every potential knockout matchup, has revealed its optimal bracket, including a 2018 World Cup champion.

One shocker: England, just the fourth-biggest Vegas favorite at 7-1, wins its quadrant and reaches the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1990.

England racked up six points in the group stage. Harry Kane knocked in a dramatic goal during stoppage time for a heart-pounding victory over Tunisia. Then, the English striker had a hat trick in the country’s 6-1 demolition of Panama.

Another shocker: Uruguay, which has won every game at the 2018 World Cup, doesn’t advance past the quarterfinals. Uruguay was the only team at the 2018 World Cup to win all of its group stage matches without conceding a goal. The Uruguayans were the first team to pull off that feat since Argentina in 1998.

And Uruguay looked sharp in Saturday’s Round of 16 victory over Portugal thanks to Edinson Cavani’s two-goal performance. However, Cavani had to be substituted in the second half due to injury and could potentially miss the squad’s quarterfinal clash against France.

Despite Uruguay’s form entering Friday’s match against France, the model says it won’t reach the semifinals. Uruguay is a team to avoid when filling out your 2018 FIFA World Cup bracket.

Sumpter’s optimal bracket has also identified another surprising upset in the knockout stage that could wreck brackets. Nailing this pick could be the key to winning your World Cup bracket challenge.

So what is the optimal bracket for the World Cup Challenge? Visit SportsLine now to see which teams you should be all over in your World Cup brackets, and which upsets could be the key to victory, all from the model that’s returned an 1800 percent profit on bookmakers’ closing odds.



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