Netherlands and Argentina meet in Sao Paolo for a place in the World Cup final and this game, a repeat of the 1978 final which the South Americans won, could be a real thriller. Read on for our betting tips, live odds comparison and match preview.

Netherlands started the tournament with a bang, pummelling Spain 5-1 and then putting three past Australia and beating Chile 2-0. They’ve found things harder as the tournament has progressed but will relish playing as underdogs against a team that will set out to attack, rather than defend.

Argentina, in contrast, are working their way into the tournament. They needed Messi’s brilliance early on but in the last game against Belgium it was more of a team effort and Gonzalo Higuain – who scored the winner – was excellent, whilst their defence stood firm against the waves of Belgian attacks.

The bookies make Argentina 3/4 favourites (Bwin) to qualify, with Netherlands out at 5/4 with Boyles and we have to agree. Lionel Messi will be the difference here and our betting tip is Argentina to progress, with 2-1 the likely score.

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