Day 18 almost provided us two shocks but once again the favourites pulled through in the end. So far 6/6 of the group winners have went on to win their last 16 round, in case you are wondering 8/8 has never been done since the switch to 32 teams (France 98). So are we in for a shock on Day 19? History certainly says yes.
The games for Day 19 are Argentina v Switzerland and Belgium v USA
Argentina to win Both teams to score 12/5
For all the world Argentina should win this game, but they can’t defend. Switzerland have players who can score goals and I think will score at least the one, I think Argentina will score more. I think the last 16 has been very good but if you look at it only one game has had three or more goals in 90 minutes, which was Holland Mexico which had two very late goals. I think this game will buck the trend because of the quality of finishing Argentina in particular have on offer.
Angel Di Maria first scorer 8/1
Did you know how many Argentinian players have scored not named Messi? One, Marcos Rojo. Incredible isn’t it? Look at the attacking talent that this side has, yet only one of their attackers has actually score. Messi has carried the team so far but there is only so far one man can carry a team because their arms will get tired. Di Maria has been their next best player and he has been threatening to score for a number of games now, he’s due one.
Belgium and Both teams to score 15/4
Belgium are very industrial and are yet to light the tournament on fire, the USA are a team defunct of stars yet they have made it to the knockout stages. I think USA will score and I think Belgium will score, so the question is what will happen after that? Belgium are the better team and logic says they win. It wouldn’t shock me if USA take the lead and Belgium come back to win the game, that’s how I see it going anyway.
Belgium USA Over 2.5 Goals 27/20
Pretty much read what I wrote above and it only comes naturally that over 2.5 goals will happen, so there you go.
I know what you’re thinking you said that 8/8 has never happened but you’ve essentially predicted that it will happen…so…why bring it up? Well that’s the thing of the two matches you naturally think that Belgium are the most likely to go out but I actually think that the most vulnerable team is Argentina. They’ve grossly underperformed so far and will be in serious trouble if Messi doesn’t show up. I genuinely think that Switzerland at 13/2 is a really good price, I have my doubts it will happen but of the two games I think that’s where the shock is.