Vying to tighten our stranglehold on the bwin Blogger’s League, the news.bwin.com/en/ tipping aficionados are diving deep into albiceleste waters on account of a stadium hoodoo that’s sure to guide Argentina into the World Cup quarter finals.
It’s not exactly a working-man’s price, but 1/2 says they’ll slay Switzerland in their Sao Paulo skirmish and it shouldn’t be ignored on account of the route the Army Knives have taken to arrive in South America’s most densely populated city.
Manaus was the last stop on the Swiss’ Brazilian road show, which effectively kills their chances of progression to the last eight.
Of the six nations to have graced the Amazonian settlement and played again, only Portugal have avoided defeat.
Ottmar Hitzfeld’s charges will become the seventh after they cemented their knockout berth in jungle climes against roughhousing Honduras last time out and a cocktail of searing heat, sauna-like humidity and a garnish of both barrels from the CONCACAF tough guys will leave a hangover the Argentines won’t fail to take advantage of.
Alejandro Sabella’s troops haven’t exactly delivered the dazzle their attacking talent promises, but they have plundered maximum points thus far.
Furthermore, every nation to have won their mini league has savoured similar success in the knockout stage, with Argentina and Belgium requiring victories to ensure a quarter-final clean sweep for the eight group winners.
History suggests the two-time champions of the world stand every chance of upholding their end of the bargain; they haven’t suffered defeat at Swiss hands in six successive meetings, winning four of these in regulation time, including their only ever World Cup collision.
They’re seeking a fourth straight last-16 triumph here and against adversaries who have lost four of six meetings with South American opponents at the World Cup, they’ll fancy their chances of nailing it.