Argentina Vs Belgium
Both these teams needed extra-time to get past supposedly lesser opposition in their last 16 ties and they will need to up their games drastically in Brasilia.
La Albiceleste have not found life easy in Brazil despite a plethora of attacking talent. The foursome of Higuain, Lavezzi, Di Maria and Messi have failed to reproduce the form they displayed in qualifying but in the last 30 minutes or so against Switzerland we saw glimpses of what they can do.
Like Argentina, Marc Wilmots’ Belgium are yet to hit top form this World Cup but as we saw against the Americans they have got the personnel on the bench who can change the game for them.
I’m going for a narrow Argentina win here, possibly after extra-time.
Netherlands Vs Costa Rica
The Oranje struggled more than expected against Mexico in their previous match and were only victorious thanks to a last gasp Huntelaar penalty. Louis van Gaal’s side look very good going forward but remain vulnerable at the back and had Mexico attacked them rather sat back, after taking the lead, I think they could have scored a few more.
Costa Rica played for an hour with 10 men against Greece and I wonder how much that game has taken out of them. La Sele have been bold throughout the tournament and if they play their own attacking game in Salvador they have the pace to hurt the Dutch back line.