Argentina v Belgium free bets, latest odds from World Cup quarter final

Up to date Argentina vs Belgium odds and World Cup free bets from the quarter final in Brazil today.

Argentina will look to cement their status as second favourites when they take dark horses Belgium in the world cup quarter-final later today.



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Amongst the favourites they may be however the 1986 winners have been far from impressive en-route to the last 8 and were it not for the heroics of Lionel Messi with four goals and four man of the match awards to his name Alejandro Sabella’s men would be heading home.

Their form to date has left many unimpressed none more so than the leading light in that world cup triumph 28 years ago, Diego Maradona.

Speaking in his role as a pundit with Venezuelan TV show De Zurda, Maradona reportedly said “It seems to me that we have not got started yet. The team has no rhythm, no movement up front.”

The former Argentina manager also asked the rest of the squad to stand up and take some of the responsibly off Messi, adding “The kid [Messi] is very alone. I have something very strong inside – a bitter taste, anger, fight. Argentina have the team to do a lot better than this. They are at 40 per cent.”

One of those up stepped up the table against Switzerland was Angel di Maria. The Real Madrid winger looked lively throughout, popping up with a late winner following good work by Messi.

Di Maria and his former Real team-mate Gonzalo Higuain will once again be tasked with easing the pressure on Messi however Argentina’s only other goal-scorer in Brazil, Marcos Rojo will be absent on Saturday. The left-back misses out through suspension and his likely replacement will be Jose Basanta, the 30 year old Monterrey defender.

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero resumed training on Wednesday and is poised to play. There had been reports that the 26 year old was out of the tournament due to the thigh injury that forced him to miss the Switzerland game however he has now resumed training and could be in contention.

Belgium meanwhile look set to be boosted by the return of defender Thomas Vermaelen. The Arsenal defender is available after a hamstring injury, he will be joined in the squad by Steven Defour. The Porto midfielder is back after missing the win over the USA through suspension.

Marc Wilmots side, like Argentina have been solid if unspectacular to date. Overcoming the challenges of Algeria, Russia, Korea and the USA by a single game, each of which have come after the 70th minute.

The Red Devils have lived up to their billing however as one of the pre-tournament dark horses and with Vincent Kompany in their ranks they are equipped with one of the few defenders in the world game capable of keeping Messi quiet.

This will be the third time these two teams have met in the World Cup. In 1982 Belgium shocked the then holders in their opening game, running out 1-0 winners with Argentina getting ample revenge four years later with a 2-0 win in the semi-finals on their way to their second title.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.