Fri, Jul 4, 6:15pm by Clarinda Campbell
Match: Argentina vs. Belgium – World Cup Quarter Finals
When/Where: 2:00am, Sunday, July 6 at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha
AUD $700 Matched Deposits: www.sportingbet.com
THE quiet achievers of the tournament in Belgium come up against the number one player in the game in this enthralling World Cup quarter final.
While all eyes will be on Lionel Messi and his bag of tricks, AustralianGambling will put the focus of this match preview on a market that we think there is some money to be made on.
Which team will score first?
If the final 16 games were anything to go by, scoring will be harder to come by in the quarter finals. One goal could be all that’s needed – so let’s see who is going to do the job first.
Argentina is currently ranked fifth in the world. The Belgians are 11th.
Argentina has defeated Switzerland, Nigeria, Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina to make the quarter-finals. In each of those matches, Argentina was first to score.
Belgium has beaten Algeria, Russia, South Korea and USA en route to its quarter-finals appearance. Belgium hasn’t been the first team to score on every occasion like the Argentinians and when it has scored first, it has typically been late in the game.
Argentina: $1.82 with Sportsbet ($1.70 with Sportingbet and Centrebet)
Belgium: $2.37 with IASbet and Sportsbet ($2.40 with Sportingbet and Centrebet)
No Goals: $7.80 with IASbet and Sportsbet ($7.00 with Sportingbet and Centrebet)
Argentina represents value in this market at the best odds of $1.82 with Sportsbet and IASbet. It has scored first in each of its games and is a side that goes on the attack early to gain an advantage.
Belgium scores late in its matches, so looks the lesser chance of the two teams to score first.
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