Argentina vs Belgium 07/05/2014 Free FIFA World Cup Soccer Pick and Preview
Belgium vs Argentina
Saturday 5th July 2014 17:00(GMT)
The Line: Argentina 11/10 Draw 12/5 Belgium 11/4 See the Latest Odds
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As impressive as Argentina have been they have struggled at times going forward, with Lionel Messi in their side though they have a genuine game changer a player so special that he can win a game in an instant. That type of special talent means that Argentina will always have a chance in any game, to go alongside Messi though Argentina have Higuain, Di Maria, Aguero and Lavezzi all top class players playing in top teams around the globe. This is probably the best Argentina attacking side put together since the team of 86/90. Although there is a chance that Ageuro will miss this game with a hamstring strain. Argentina have been heavily reliant on Mascherano, zabaleta and garay at the back alongside the excellent Romero who spent most of last season on the bench at Monaco but will be back with Sampdoria this season and will surely earn the starters position after his terrific displays for Argentina.
One of the games of the tournament so far was the last sixteen game between Belgium and the United States and it finished 0-0, this is why we love soccer there doesnt need to be 10 goals for it to be a terrific game. Fortunately for Belgium they came out on the right side of that pulsating encounter although I have to admit the US deserved to go through in the 90 minutes but just couldnt convert the guilt edged chances they had or capitalise on the absolutely brilliant performance of Tim Howard. But this Beligum team is full of talent and they are going to have a big say in not just this World Cup but the next three or four international tournaments, such is their talent and youth. Kevin De Bruynne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Origi, Mertens, Witsel these guys are all very young and supremely talented. This squad is so good that if there was even a tad bit more experience through the squad I m certain they would be favourites for the competition. Not only has Belgium got some supremely talented offensive players in Hazard, Origi, Lukaku, De Bruyne and WItsel but at the back with Kompany and Van Buyten they have a really solid center back partnership that play in front of Thibaut Cortois who is arguably the best keeper in the world right now, at the tender age of 21.
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This is such a tough game to call that I'm going to go with the draw, I think both teams have lots of individual talent and this game could be won by piece of magic from the aformentioned Messi, Hazard, Di Maria, De Bruyne, Lavezzi, Lukaku but with so much on the line I think this will be a tight defensive affair. World Cup quarter finals dont often explode into high scoring games and this is another one that i feel could well finish a draw. I like Belgium on the handicap here as well and I will be taking them on the handicap and the draw moneyline. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo