Is there an upset on the cards on Saturday? There is very much a chance and we have free World Cup 2014 betting tips.
Argentina, one of the pre-tournament favourites, will play a Belgium side considered by many to be dark horses in what promises to be a tight and enthralling encounter. Both sides needed extra time to get past Switzerland and the USA respectively, with both games having finished goalless in normal time. This game could easily be decided by which of the two sides has greater strength in depth or who has more left in the tank.
Argentina are currently listed as favourites at 6/5 with Bet365, the draw is 9/4 with Betvictor and Belgium are 14/5 with Betfair.
Argentina have been fairly unimpressive so far, for all their attacking talents they have managed just 7 games in their 4 games and questions continue to be posed about them at the back, they have conceded 3 goals without coming up against top opposition. Messi has scored 4 of their 7 goals, much of this game will depend on whether or not Belgium can contain the Barcelona player. Despite their protestations Argentina do look like a one man team and are overly reliant on Messi. Belgium on the other hand may be without the one world class star but have quality in all positions and I think are a better team as a result.
Argentina will be without suspended full back Marcus Rojo who picked up his second booking against Switzerland so misses the game through suspension. Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is also a doubt.
Belgium too, have lacked the attacking swagger many felt they would have before the tournament started, scoring just 6 goals, 4 of which have come in normal time and they are yet to score in the first half. However, defensively they look very solid, they will be a hard side to beat.
Marc Wilmots’ side are well organised and their manager has used substitutions very effectively so far in the tournament and that speaks volumes of the strength in depth of this young Belgium squad. The biggest decision facing Wilmots will be whether to start with Romelu Lukaku up front or young star Divock Origi who has been excellent so far.
Eden Hazard is yet to light up the tournament but he has shown in the Premier League that he has the quality to do so, I think he will fancy his chances against an Argentinian side who do not inspire confidence at the back.
If the game is stretched and open as it was in the Belgium USA game I expect Argentina to win, however, if Belgium close the game, and Messi, down like Switzerland did I fancy the Belgians to at least take the game to extra time.
I think this will be a cagey game that may open up as it progresses so 6/4 on the match to be 0-0 at half-time looks a good place to start with William Hill. Belgium score the majority of their goals in the second half also so this could be a tight opening.
Belgium are a big price in this game considering that Argentina are yet to perform at this tournament. Both sides needed Extra-Time in the last round though so Belgium to Qualify is the bet to place here at 13/8 with bet365.
My final pick may be short odds but it looks a banker. Neither side has impressed going forward so Under 2.5 goals at 8/13 is a bet worth placing.
Argentina v Belgium Betting Tips
Half time score 0-0 – Bet Here at 6/4 with Wlliam Hill
Belgium to Qualify – Bet Here at 13/8 with Bet365
Under 2.5 Goals – Bet Here at 8/13 with Ladbrokes
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