Belgium have the attacking weapons to cause La Albiceleste plenty of problems on Saturday
Argentina were heavily backed to win the 2014 World Cup before the tournament started, although market confidence has faded after a series of lacklustre performances which suggests that Alejandro Sabella’s side aren’t the world beaters that many expected.
La Albiceleste came through Group F with nine points although each of their three victories was by a single goal, with Iran especially unlucky not to get something against the South American side, while there was little improvement when Argentina drew 0-0 with Switzerland at the last sixteen stage.
The bookies are happy to supply odds-against quotes about Sabella’s men and bet365 are laying 6/5 that Argentina win this contest in ninety minutes, with the team heavily reliant on the inspiration from Lionel Messi who has scored four goals in the tournament to date.
It was Messi who produced the moment of extra-time magic to down the Swiss, with Coral going 7/2 that the Barcelona star fires the first goal of the game against a Belgian team who have conceded just two goals in the World Cup so far.
Eric Wilmots’ team are 29/10 with Boylesports to claim victory in normal time and we should expect the European side to create plenty of chances based on their game against the United States which saw Belgium force plenty of corners and they found Tim Howard in inspired form.
Romelu Lukaku had a disappointing group stage although the Chelsea forward came off the bench to make a difference against the States and BetVictor go 8/1 that the striker bags the first goal, with Wilmots likely to go for him over Divock Origi.
Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne are also worth considering at big prices to break the deadlock as they are the two men who rove forward in support of the lone striker, while Vincent Kompany and Daniel van Buyten are a rock-like presence at the back.
Paddy Power offer 5/1 about a Belgian win without conceding a goal and it’s a tasty price considering that Messi is likely to be marked out of the game, with Iran demonstrating for 89 minutes how to keep them at bay.
William Hill go 8/1 about No Goalscorer in the game and there was a spate of 0-0 draws towards the end of the last sixteen stage, with this caginess only likely to increase as we reach the business end of the tournament.
All odds were correct at time of posting.