|Pick:||Over 2.5 Goals|
We will try to continue our 7-0 run by winning this world cup 1/8 final match pick between Belgium and Japan. We played 2 out of 5 1/8 final games so far and picked both right. Let's do it again.
Belgium is a high flying team that aims to go far in this tournament, but, that far aims will have to go thru Brazil which have
defeated stubborn Mexicans and advanced to 1/4 final while the other spot is reserved there for the winner of this match up.
The truth of the matter is that the line for the game - the Asian Handicap - seems very comfortable at Belgium -1.25. That can be for two opposing reasons: either the books and some wise guys already know that either Belgium is gonna stretch this one thru the Extra Time and only then win the game (I have a hard time believing Belgium would drop this game entirely), or, the books already know there is no chance the bettors will believe into Japan's ability to withstand the Belgians and are trying to scare us with the dropping line.
I'm not sure which one of the two is really the scenario here and therefore will go with my take on this game.
In only official game those two played in recent history - the game ended 2-2 in Japan during the group stage at 2002 world cup.
Both teams are absolutely offense oriented up to this day with Honda is still being a favorite "vehicle" of the Japanese offense likes to ride when needed. So, with Lukaku and Bashtumai on one side and Japanese Blue Samurai offense on the other - I will go for an attractive over 2.5 pick.
Over 2.5 Goals -138 5 units