Belgium vs Argentina Betting Preview
Both Belgium and Argentina needed extra time to win their round of 16 matches and the South American nation is the betting favorite in this quarterfinals encounter.
This match is a classic one with Argentina and their great attack facing Belgium and their solid defense.
Bovada has World Cup betting odds for this match posted at +116 and Belgium posted at +276 and a draw line of +230.
Squads have sat back on defense to thwart the great Argentina attack, but Lionel Messi, who ranks second in the tournament in goals scored and had the game-winning assist in the last match, will be hard to contain. He has not gotten much help, but still has been able to show flashes of brilliance.
Belgium has six goals in the World Cup so far with six different players scoring.
The Belgium defense has only conceded two goals in the tournament and they will need another great defensive effort facing Messi and company.
Romelu Lukaku came off the bench to score in the USA match and he and Eden Hazard has to pace the offense in this match. The Argentina defense has been vulnerable on the counter-attack and Belgium must take advantage of those opportunities.
Belgium will play much like Switzerland did in their round of 16 loss to Argentina playing back on defense and looking for the counter.
However, the result will be the same, albeit with more scoring. It may take extra time, but Argentina will win and advance to the semifinals.
Argentina vs Belgium Prediction: 3-2 Argentina