With both squads full of world class players Argentina v Belgium promises to be a closely fought contest, get World Cup betting tips ahead of their quarter final in Brasilia on Saturday with advice from football legend Matt Le Tissier.
Matt can see this one going the distance and recommends backing the draw at best odds 40/17 with BetBright.
Argentina go into the game as favourites at best odds 6/5 with Bet365 and will be hoping that their talisman Lionel Messi can maintain his good form as without him, the two time world champions have looked little better than average. His fantastic solo effort against Bosnia was the deciding factor in their first Group F game, while a curling effort from distance was the winning goal after 93 minutes in a lifeless 1-0 win over Iran. A competitive 3-2 game with Nigeria saw Messi bag two more goals and it was a real struggle for Argentina when he was unable to find the net against Switzerland. They got away with that uninspiring performance and avoided the lottery of a penalty shootout thanks to a late goal in extra-time from Angel Di Maria and guess who provided the assist..? Messi! If Belgium can keep the Barcelona man quiet, it's difficult to see where Argentina's goals will come from on the evidence of their displays so far.
Outsiders Belgium are therefore no forlorn hope and punters can get a top price of 57/20 with Winner if they fancy backing the underdogs. The Red Devils have been slow out of the blocks in each of their World Cup matches though, they needed to come from behind to beat Algeria 2-1 and left it late to secure 1-0 wins over Russia and South Korea. They then played out a stalemate with USA until the game came alive in extra time when Kevin de Bruyne struck first before they were pegged back by the Stars and Stripes and then re-took the lead through Romelu Lukaku's first World Cup goal and managed to hang on to secure their quarter-finals place with a 2-1 triumph. Another slow-burner could be on the cards in Brasilia then, which lends itself to Matt's recommendation of backing the draw.
Argentina's first choice left-back Marcos Rojo is suspended and without any natural cover either Hugo Campagnaro or José Basanta will have to deputise, with the latter likely to get the nod due to being naturally left-footed. With Sergio Agüero still doubtful, Gonzalo Higuain will continue to occupy the central attacking role with Ezequiel Lavezzi and Rodrigo Palacio vying to start on the opposite flank to Lionel Messi.
Belgium have the luxury of a fully fit and suspension free squad to choose from meaning Marc Wilmots' main selection dilemma is deciding who to start up front. Divock Origi looked impressive for 90 minutes against USA, but the previously sub-standard Romelu Lukaku came off the bench to score the winning goal. Elsewhere the likes of Mousa Dembele and Kevin Mirallas will hope to start after abject displays from Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens.
2014 World Cup Matches
Argentina W W W W Belgium W W W W
2014 World Cup Goal Scorers
Messi – 4 (0 Penalties, 2 First Goalscorer)
Rojo – 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Di Maria – 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
De Bruyne - 2 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Fellaini - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Mertens - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Origi - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Vertonghen - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Lukaku - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
2014 Word Cup Goal Assists
Higuain - 1
Lavezzi – 1
Messi - 1
De Bruyne - 2
Hazard - 2
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