All event charts are calculated for BST (British Summer Time) using Astrogold for mobile. 'The favourites' are the team with the best overall bookmaker's odds for the match in question only.
France v Argentina
So, on to the first match in the Round of 16. France are favoured by the bookies and are awarded Mars as their sole significator, Lord 10 (Mercury) being otherwise occupied as dispositor of Fortuna. Their rivals Argentina have Venus (Lady of the 7th) and Jupiter (Lord 4) as their significators. Mercury's antiscion (27 Taurus 58) is within a degree of the 7th house cusp; a positive testimony for Argentina. The Moon, as significator of the flow of events, promises an eventful match: Following a conjunction with the South Node, she applies to conjunct Mars (France) and then moves on to square the antiscion of Venus (Argentina) at 10 Taurus 46. John Frawley in his book "Sports Astrology" writes that bodily conjunctions from the Moon are usually final, which makes the conjunction with Mars is a powerful testimony for France, but we can also expect Argentina to put up a spirited opposition in a match which should hopefully see both teams scoring goals.
Uruguay v Portugal
The bookies have awarded Uruguay (very) slightly better odds to win this match but, as with the recent
England v Belgium fixture, the difference is virtually too close to call. The absence of a clear favourite adds a particular challenge to judging contest charts, but we will do our best with the information available. Again, the Moon applies to conjunct Mars, Lord 10. The Moon next applies to square the antiscion of Venus at 10 Taurus. The Moon's bodily conjunction with Mars should again be a definitive testimony for the favourites.