World Cup Betting Guide: 7/05 Picks & Odds Report

Steven Suarez

Saturday, July 5, 2014 1:24 PM UTC

Saturday, Jul. 5, 2014 1:24 PM UTC

The second set of quarter-finals take place today, with Argentina, Belgium, Netherlands and Costa Rica all looking to book their places in the last four. Which soccer picks will we be taking to the sportsbooks on Saturday?

Argentina vs. Belgium
The stage is set for a wonderful spectacle that includes two incredibly talented nations testing their resolve against one another. Argentina will come in as the obvious favorites in the soccer betting odds.

How are the lines shaping up? The Argentinians are listed at an even +100 to win in regulation, with Belgium at +350 or so. If you want to play it safer and back the favorites to advance (should the match go to extra-time and/or penalties), the price goes up to -212.

If it wasn't for Messi, who knows where Argentina would be right now. They haven't had the most convincing of tournaments, yet have still managed to win each of their four matches. 

The latest came in the Round of 16 against a stubborn Switzerland outfit. The honors were all even through almost 120 minutes, only for Angel Di Maria to find the back of the net in the 118th minute to seal the deal for the Argentinians.

Belgium should come in with a good deal of confidence as well. They also won each of their three group stage matches and then survived a grueling test from the Americans in the first round of the knockout stages. Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku scored the goals in the 2-1 win.

Whose journey in Brazil will come to an end today? We're sticking our necks out there and backing an upset by selecting the Belgians with our sports picks. As we've mentioned in the past, we haven't been that impressed with Argentina as a team. They've already been bailed out by Messi numerous times in this tournament and he'll have to be at his influential best again here.

We also trust Belgium's defense more, with Vincent Kompany manning the heart of the defense, and their quality going forward shouldn't be sniffed at either. Will we see a shock at the Estadio Nacional?

World Cup Pick: Belgium to advance at +177

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Netherlands vs. Costa Rica
In what will be the first ever meeting between the two countries, Netherlands and Costa Rica will fight to the death for a chance to face the winner of Argentina and Belgium in the semi-finals.

Current soccer betting odds have the Dutch favored in the -175 to -200 range, leaving Los Ticos as significant +600 underdogs.

What an unbelievable run it's been for Costa Rica so far. They've already exceeded all expectations heading into this quarter-final, but a win today would truly be something remarkable for the entire country.

Los Ticos have been so successful because of their defensive fortitude. Their high line has worked wonders and the hard work on the training ground has paid off. Captain Bryan Ruiz has supplied some moments of pure class for the underdogs throughout the World Cup, but will the magic run come to an end today?

It's obviously not going to be easy at all against a scary good attacking team in the Netherlands. The Dutch, who have already scored 12 goals in four World Cup matches so far, booked their spot in the quarters by topping Mexico 2-1, with the match-winning goal coming from a Klaas-Jan Huntelaar penalty in stoppage time.

We've gone back and forth on this match before finally opting for the OVER.

While the Dutch have been relentless on the counter and a danger to score at any given moment thanks to Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie, they've looked susceptible at the back, and we wouldn't be surprised to see them ship a goal or two. With that said, we think the OVER should be strongly considered in this last-eight showdown.

World Cup Pick: OVER

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