Belgium 12/1 to win World Cup

  • Last Updated: July 2 2014, 0:40 BST

Belgium have been cut from 18/1 to 12/1 by Sky Bet to win the World Cup and are priced up at 11/8 to progress from their quarter-final against Argentina.

Belgium face Argentina in the World Cup quarter-finals
Belgium face Argentina in the World Cup quarter-finals

Belgium required extra-time to claim a 2-1 win over the United States in a cracking contest.

An end-to-end encounter somehow finished goalless after 90 minutes, with Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku eventually securing the win for Belgium despite Julian Green stepping off the bench to set up a grandstand finish.

The next test for Belgium is a clash with Argentina in the quarter-finals and Marc Wilmots' men have been priced up by Sky Bet at 5/2 to win the match in 90 minutes and at 11/8 in the to qualify market.

Argentina are 11/10 to win the match without needing extra-time or penalties and 8/15 to go through via any method.

The draw after 90 minutes can be backed at 23/10.

Argentina remain 4/1 in Sky Bet's outright market after a last-gasp extra-time winner from Angel Di Maria was needed in the 1-0 victory over Switzerland.

Hosts Brazil are the 11/4 favourites to lift the trophy after the quarter-final line-up was confirmed.

Team Versus Team
France v Germany
Brazil v Colombia
Argentina v Belgium
Netherland v Costa Rica

Germany (4/1), Holland (9/2), France (15/2), Colombia (12/1) and Costa Rica (66/1) are the other nations still in the running.

Argentina captain Lionel Messi is Sky Bet's 5/2 favourite in the top goalscorer betting after the conclusion of the round of 16 games.

Messi sits alongside Brazil striker Neymar (7/2) and Germany forward Thomas Muller (5/1) on four goals but Colombia star James Rodriguez (100/30) currently heads the standings on five.