Argentina v Belgium Odds & Betting Tips – World Cup 2014 Betting
Argentina v Belgium Betting Preview – World Cup 2014
The Albiceleste are running as favourites to win this, but this may not be completely straight forward. Argentina have won three of their four encounters with the Belgians, scoring ten goals and conceding four. They have met twice before in the World Cup, with one win each, the most recent one coming in 1986. The Argentineans have only lost one of their last nine matches in the World Cup, that defeat coming in the quarter finals against Germany four years ago. With both of these having won all four of their games so far at the tournament (including extra time), something has to give.
They haven’t been fantastic against European nations in the tournament, as they have won just six of their last 19 played at the World Cup against European nations. But this is the third time in a row that they have been in the quarter finals of the World Cup, but haven’t been past there since 1990. They actually haven’t won any of their last four World Cup quarter finals outright, the three times they have progressed from this stage has been by penalty shoot out. If it does go past ninety minutes, could be worth backing the South Americans a they have been victories in six of their seven World Cup games which have gone to extra time.
Would be worth looking at a 1 goal winning margin here because both teams have won all their games in the tournament so by just the one goal. An Argentina to win by 1 goal bet is at 11/4, with Belgium winning by that margin at 4/1. Despite neither looking particularly fluent up front, they are the two sides who have produced the most shots so far, and Argentina have averaged the highest amount of possession. Lionel Messi is trading at even money in the anytime goalscorer market for them, and he has scored or assisted five of Argentina’s seven goals so far.
This is only the second time that Belgium have been in the quarter finals, the last time they got this far they finished fourth. All six of the goals which they have scored in Brazil have come in the 70th minute onwards, with four of their six having been scored by substitutes. Romelu Lukaku looked back to his best in his cameo appearance against the USA in the fourth round, and is trading as 3/1 in the anytime goalscorer market for them, along with Divock Origi. Both have won their last six matches in a row now, and neither have looked completely on top of their game.
Argentina v Belgium Odds
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Argentina v Belgium Betting Tips
Argentina 1 goal winning margin looks value as all of their wins have been by that margin
Two good defences so would look to go under 2.5 goals