Argentina - Belgium Betting Special: The players that need to step up for their country

These two sides boast some of the best players in the tournament but have so far yet to shine. Phil Kitromilides takes a look at some of the stars that need to up their game
That this has been the World Cup of the goalkeeper so far can be of little doubt, yet the reason for such a phenomenon is two-fold.

Primarily, without doubt, it has been down to some truly stunning performances from various shot stoppers, but we must also consider the fact that some of the outfield players have been disappointing in equal measure.

Argentina's meeting with Belgium in the quarter finals pairs arguably the two most talented squads together although it could also be argued that they have been the most underperforming too.

It is time then, for the big players on both teams to step up and both Alejandro Sabella and Marc Wilmots will certainly be looking for more from some of their superstars.

The Albiceleste made it through to the last eight thanks to Angel Di Maria's extra time winner against Switzerland and while the Real Madrid man did not have the best game he made a decisive impact.

He is offered at 10/1 (11.00) to open the scoring by bet365 and that is certainly worthy of some consideration for a man who has scored 10 goals in 51 games for his country, a healthy return given his position.

Tempting too is the price of 15/4 (4.75) for him to score at any time, and in truth Di Maria has looked more likely to find the back of the net than forward Gonzalo Higuain.

That is not to say the Napoli man has played badly, although no goals scored in five World Cup matches is a disappointing return return for a striker playing for one of the tournament favorites with the bookmakers.

He is offered at 13/2 (7.50) to break the deadlock and at 12/5 (3.40) to net at anytime.

In the last three years Higuain has only scored a double on a solitary occasion for Argentina back in March 2013 against Venezuela, and optimistic punters can back him to score two or more at 16/1 (17.00) on Saturday night.

Meanwhile for Belgium their dazzling array of primarily Premier League based talent has failed to really click, and their most skilful player Eden Hazard needs to have an influential game for the Europeans to progress.

The Chelsea man is capable of moments of genius and has shown himself to have a real eye for goal scoring 17 times last season for the Londoners.

His international record is not as impressive though with only six strikes in 50 appearances yet bet365 offer him at just 7/2 (4.50) to score at any time.

He is also offered at 9/1 (10.00) to be the first scorer, but for a man with just one goal in his last 14 international appearances it is not necessarily the most appealing option.

Indeed, if Hazard is offered at 7/2 (4.50) to score at any time then it makes the price of 15/4 (4.75) for Angel Di Maria to score look all the more generous.

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.

Angel Di Maria to score at any time 15/4 (4.75) for a 1.5pt stake with bet365

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