Argentina vs. Belgium Expert Picks In The 2014 World Cup Quarters

Argentina vs. Belgium Expert Picks In The 2014 World Cup Quarters

Argentina vs. Belgium Expert Picks In The 2014 World Cup Quarters

Led by the incomparable Lionel Messi, the favored Argentinean men will look to corral surprising Belgium and bring their 2014 World Cup run to an abrupt halt when they two nations square off this coming Saturday at noon time.

Belgium and Argentina had to go to extra time in order to reach this quarterfinal affair and now, they’ll both look to play better in an effort to win this match and move on.

2014 World Cup Quarterfinals Argentina vs. Belgium
Facing the Red Devils of Belgium, Argentina will need more than Messi’s magic to win this 2014 World Cup quarterfinals match.
Starts: 07/05/2014 12:00PM
Estádio Nacional de Brasilia

2014 World Cup Quarters Betting Odds

Argentina -½ +115 vs. Belgium +½ -135
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Argentina kicked off its 2014 World Cup run by beating Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1 before also squeaking past a terrible Iran squad 1-0 in its second Group F contest. Messi and company also won each of its last two matches, with both victories coming by a single goal. First, Argentina took out Nigeria 3-2 in its group finale before narrowly beating
Switzerland 1-0 in the knockout round.

"We know that this could happen to us (playing extra time) but we gave our souls out there on the pitch, we fought with our lives for each ball, and we ended up as the winners," forward Angel Di Maria said. 

Swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld praised Argentina as a group.

"We made life very tough on them," Hitzfeld said. "They kept their cool. It shows Argentina has a good team."

Lionel Messi has scored four goals and ranks second in the race for the 2014 Golden Boot. Argentina has scored six goals while getting off a fantastic 19.3 shot attempts per match. Argentina has allowed just three goals through four games and has been as good as their offensive counterparts, if not better.

This title-contending team is ranked second with a 43 percent chance of reaching the finals and a 17 percent chance of winning it all.

Belgium has gotten the job done by getting quality performances from several members of their team.  Each of the team’s half-dozen goals has been scored by six different players.

The Belgians got their 2014 world Cup run started off by beating Algeria 2-1 and Russia 1-0 five days later. Belgium then kept Korea in check in its 1-0 shutout win before squeaking past the U.S.A 2-1 in their knockout stage showdown on Tuesday.

Speedy forward Romelu Lukaku joined the team’s cast of scorers by hitting the decisive goal in Belgium’s 2-1 victory over the U.S.A. Lukaku had previously lost his starting spot after a disappointing showing during the group stage. Now, his reemergence gives Belgium another player they’ll ask to create scoring opportunities.

No matter what kind of offense they’ve displayed, the Belgians have played absolutely phenomenal defense in allowing just two goals through four matches and it is this kind of effort that they will need against the explosive Argentineans.

According to fivethirtyeight.com, Belgium has a  12 percent chance of reaching the finals and just a three percent chance of winning it all.

My Argentina vs. Belgium Expert Pick Is:

Argentina!

Belgium has not allowed more than one goal in any match and will almost assuredly win this match if they can manage to pull that feat off against Lionel Messi and company.

However…I don’t see that happening as Argentina has too much talent on the offensive end to be denied scoring what I believe will be two goals at the very least.

Belgium has only managed to find the back of the net twice in one of their four matches while Argentina has done so twice, while scoring three goals against Nigeria.

This match is a classic battle featuring one really good offensive team (Argentina) versus one really good defensive squad (Belgium). In the end, I like Argentina and Messi to find a way to come out victorious…once again.

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