Neither Argentina nor Belgium appeared convincing as they struggled to overcome spirited opponents en route to Saturday’s quarter final showdown. Yet with one Lionel Messi in their ranks, it’s the South Americans who kick off as bet365’s 6/5 favourites to progress to the semi finals.
The pair have met twice before at the World Cup, each recording a victory, although if the round of 16 offers punters a guide, taking Stan James’s 23/10 for it to finish all square at 90 minutes makes enormous sense – a 1-1 result is priced at 6/1 by BetVictor.
Belgium, a 14/5 chance (Coral) to win inside normal time, can be backed at 7/10 at Ladbrokes to win when given a one goal start because the overwhelming weight of punters’ cash favours an Argentina success. Skybet post 11/4 against the South Americans enjoying a one goal margin of victory and 888Sport chalk 9/1 against them winning 2-1.
Not surprisingly, punters have given plenty of attention to William Hill’s 9/1 for Argentina to win in extra time, while BetVictor’s 10/1 for them to win on penalties has attracted steady support, as has bet365′s 15/4 for it to finish as a score draw at 90 minutes. Paddy Power meanwhile, make Argentina their 1/2 favourites to eventually qualify.
Argentina v Belgium score draw – 15/4 (bet365)