The third FIFA World Cup 2014 quarterfinals match between Argentina and Belgium will kick off at Arena Fonte Nova in a few hours' time. Football lovers around the world will expect an exciting match, as both the teams are unbeaten this competition.
Argentina topped Group F with nine points after winning all the games. They beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1 in their opening game before defeating Iran 1-0, and Nigeria 3-2. Despite coming into the competition with lots of expectations, they struggled against relatively lesser known teams, thus casting doubts on their fate this World Cup. They haven't lost a single match this tournament but sweated out for wins like the one in the knockout round where Switzerland forced them to extra time before Angel Di Maria scored the winning goal from a Lionel Messi's pass.
Belgium is not very different from Argentina. The hype around them ahead of the competition was huge but they failed to win even a match convincingly. They topped Group H with nine points after winning all the three matches played in the group stage. After beating Algeria 2-1 in their oprning game, they went on to beat Russia 1-0 and South Korea 1-0. Their match against USA in the round of 16 went into extra time, which they won 2-1.
Both Argentina and Belgium reached the quarterfinals without conceding a defeat this World Cup but they were not so impressive against some relatively weaker teams, making their encounter tonight all the more interesting. The winner of the match will meet the winner of the other quarterfinals match between Netherlands and Costa Rica.
The countries have meet twice in World Cups with Belgium winning in 1982 by a lone goal and Argentina came out triumphant in 1986 with a 2-0 scoreline. Predictions on the outcome of Friday's match by experts in the game tilt in favour of Argentina and so too bookmakers.
According to betting platforms like Ladbrokes, Betfred, Bet365, Betfair, Winner and Sky Bet, the odds for Argentina is 11/10. On the other hand, the odds for Belgium is 11/4 on Paddypower, William Hill, Betfred, Betvictor and Sky Bet.
Here is what several betting platforms have to say on quarterfinals match 3 between Argentina and Belgium according to Betting Dictionary:
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Argentina vs Belgium match will be telecast live in India on Sony Six & Sony Six HD at 09:30pm IST (11:30 a.m. ET / 8:30 a.m. PT on ABC. You can also check out complete TV quide of the ongoing World Cup HERE.