Argentina - Belgium Betting Preview: Messi to add to his tally once more at a fantastic price

La Albiceleste and the Red Devils meet in Brasilia on Saturday with a place in the semi-finals up for grabs, with our tipster backing Argentina's star man to make the difference
Argentina and Belgium face off for the first time since 1986, with both sides looking to book their place in the last four in Brazil. After both sides managed to progress through their quarter-finals after extra time, they will need improved performances if they are to win the competition.

Despite neither side finding top gear so far, they both remain unbeaten in the competition, winning all three of their group matches.

Argentina come into this match after failing to score inside 90 minutes the first time in Brazil, drawing 0-0 with Switzerland in the last 16.

An lste strike in extra time from Angel Di Maria was good enough to see them through in a game they dominated from the start. This result followed up three wins for Alejandro Sabella's men, beating Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria. bet365 price them at 23/20 (2.15) to win again.

Belgium overcame a tricky group to find themselves in the knockout stages. Victories against Algeria, South Korea and Russia gave them a 100 per cent record before they faced USA in the last 16. An open match was eventually won in extra time by Marc Wilmots' men, with two goals in the first half proving good enough to progress despite a late rally from the US. bet365 price them at 11/4 (3.75) to win, with the same firm pricing the draw at 12/5 (3.40).

The majority of the knockout matches so far in Brazil have been very tight and low scoring, with all nations keen not to throw the kitchen sink at teams as they don't want to risk too much.

Under 2.5 goals at 8/13 (1.62) is a tad skinny and worth avoiding, despite few goals expected in the quarter-final. Instead, it's worth looking at the goalscorer market for a price that stands out.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi is a short 3/1 (4.00) to net the first goal, but it's the price of 21/20 (2.05) for him to net anytime that appeals. Messi has scored four goals so far in Brazil, netting in three of his four matches. The 27 year-old looked the most likely to score in 90 minutes against Switzerland, and will be keen to get himself back on the scoresheet. If another tight match ensues, bet365's Bore Draw Money Back offer will see losing goalscorer bets refunded so there are plenty of reasons to get involved in this market.

If the match finishes 0-0 bet365 will refund losing pre-match wagers on the first/last and anytime goalscorer markets as well as correct score, scorecast and half time/full time wagers.

Lionel Messi to score anytime at 21/20 (2.05) for a 1.5pt stake with bet365

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