2014 World Cup: July 5th Matchups
The second day of the Fourth of July weekend will commence on July 5th with another duo of intense World Cup soccer contests, as Costa Rica and Belgium both aim to earn upset wins against their respective opponents.
The 2014 World Cup gets even more exciting with each passing round, as July 5th brings the last set of matches before the Semi-Finals round.
Let’s take a look at both games and see who might have the best chance at moving on in the knockout round of this year’s World Cup:
Netherlands vs. Costa Rica
Costa Rica has to be the major underdog in round three of the World Cup, as they’ve found offense pretty hard to come by and are going up against a Netherlands squad that has hung 12 goals on opponents through five straight victories.
Costa Rica is fairly battle tested and only has one non-win (0-0 draw with England), but they probably won’t have the offense to keep up with a very strong Netherlands team. If they’re going to have a shot, it’s going to come in a defensive effort and might even need to come down to penalty shooting. That’s an ideal scenario, though, and it’s much more likely the Netherlands inflict their will and win big here.
Pick: Netherlands, 3-1
Argentina vs. Belgium
Argentina is the easy favorite in this matchup, as they own a 3-1 head to head record over Belgium and has one of the more talented teams in the entire World Cup tournament. Argentina has also dominated Belgium overall, as well, while their run through the 2014 World Cup (4-0) has been impressive.
Belgium has been no weaky in this year’s World Cup, however, as they have an equally impressive 4-0 mark and have taken down a gritty USA team and a solid Algeria squad in the process. Argentina holds the edge on the offensive end, both in this direct matchup and overall in their run in the 2014 World Cup, while Belgium has a slight edge this year with their solid defense.
Argentina simply has more offensive firepower and still plays solid defense, though, so they should look to put in couple of goals and slow Belgium as they move on to the Semi’s.
Pick: Argentina, 2-1
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