Argentina was unbeaten in the group stage and they look like a team that could win it all. Argentina is favored in online betting on Sunday as they face Mexico in the knockout round.
Internet betting odds favored Argentina against Greece and the team came through but it was not easy. Martin Demichelis scored in the 77th minute for Argentina while Martin Palermo scored in the 89th minute. Greece decided before this match began to play a defensive style and it worked for a while. The problem with playing that style is that you get very few offensive chances. Statistics indicated that Argentina had 24 touches in the box compared to just four for Greece. Argentina didn’t need to win the match and some of their top players didn’t play. Captain Javier Mascherano and strikers Gonzalo Higuain and Carlos Tevez were held out. Lionel Messi played though and he continually threatened the Greece defense. Greece simply had no offense and eventually the constant Argentina pressure wore them down. It is the 10th time in the past 11 World Cups that Argentina made it out of the group stage.
Since Argentina won the match against Greece it gave Nigeria a chance to advance from Group B but they couldn’t get the win against South Korea. The teams played to a 2-2 draw vs. the online betting odds and that meant that South Korea advanced to the knockout round. They will now play Group A winner Uruguay on Saturday.
Argentina finished atop Group B and that means they will face the second place team from Group A which is Mexico. Argentina and Mexico played four years ago in the World Cup and Argentina came away with a 2-1 win. Argentina and Mexico both have some scoring potential so this match on Sunday should be exciting. So far in the World Cup no team has been able to find a way to slow down Argentina. Mexico has the offense that can score but their defense is weak. Argentina probably has too many weapons for Mexico and the Internet betting odds point to an Argentina victory as they are heavily favored on Sunday.