2014 FIFA World Cup: Belgium vs Argentina Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/5/14
Belgium (4-0) vs. Argentina (4-0)
World Cup: Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Brazil)
The Line: Argentina +120 See the Latest Odds
TV: BBC; RTE; ESPN; Fox Sports;UTV
Argentina and Belgium square off on Saturday at the World Cup with a spot in the tournament semifinals on the line.
Argentina continued their World Cup dream with a round of 16 victory over a pesky Swiss team in which they needed a marker in extra time to advance which came off the foot of Angel di Maria. The Albiceleste have been considered a favourite to win the tournament since the first whistle blew a couple of weeks ago and while they haven’t necessarily dominated in the way many people expected them to they are just victories away from getting their opportunity to hoist the trophy. Lionel Messi has been one of the best players in the tournament and it was a touch from his foot that sealed the team’s victory as he giftwrapped a cross in to di Maria for the winner and now the reigning Player of the Year has a shot to knock out the Belgians in the World Cup quarterfinals. Di Maria got on the board which could open up the floodgates for the Argentines who hadn’t received a ton of secondary scoring up until this point but if di Maria, Higuain, and Aguero can play up to their potential than it could be a quick outing here for Belgium.
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The European dark horse from Belgium continued their historic run in the World Cup knockout stage as they outlasted the United States in extra time as they netted two goals in the additional 30 minutes and now have a chance to advance to the final four. Belgium coasted through their group but many criticized them for the lack of competition they faced and while it isn’t their fault that the group they landed was underwhelming they still don’t get a fair shake and here against Argentina they are getting overlooked. Belgium played quite well for the first 90 minutes against the United States but Tim Howard was sensational in the American goal and until the first minute of extra time he was unsolvable. Belgium persevered and now carry some momentum heading into their match with Argentina but this is undoubtedly the toughest team they have faced all tournament. To me, the Argentines have faced stiffer competition and are the better side here and at plus money I think the play has to be on the South Americans who should be able to ride the home field into the semifinals.