Belgium vs Tournament Winner by Gilles

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The final in field hockey at Rio2016 goes between Belgium and Argentina.


Both teams were not big favorites before the tournament started, both were regarded as outsiders to take a medal. (Australia, Netherlands and Germany were the big 3 teams in the tournament, Great-Brittain followed, and then Belgium, together with Argentina, New Zealand and India or something like that). Many regard Australia as the best team in the world and favorite to take gold, but somehow they disappointed at the last 2 Olympics. At London and Beijing, Germany took gold. The Netherlands took silver at London. The Netherlands always do good in field hockey tournaments in men and women.


At London Belgium finished 5th and Argentina 10th. (in Belgium we were told our Red Lions team had a modest chance on a medal becos they evolved since London and were better prepared etc.) Belgium did get alot better in field hockey over the past years and the gap with the big countries become less and less, as showing in victory over the Netherlands in the semis. Argentina showed with draws in group phase and victory over Germany they also became alot better.


During the tournament Belgium showed probably they are the best team in form at Rio. They won their first 4 games (GB, easy team Brazil, Australia and Spain) and when they were already (like 99%) sure of first place in group phase they lost against New Zealand. Argentina didnt play that impressive in the group phase (they somehow surprised with a draw against Netherlands and a draw against Germany). Both finalists impressed and surprised with victory in the semis. Both teams lost once during tournament (Belgium was already 99% sure of first place), Argentina drawed twice.


Belgium is favorite here and I think Belgium will win gold in Field Hockey Men in regular time, another option was to go for tournament winner bet at Marathonbet @1.69, which gave slightly better odds, but... I dont want to take that risk, becos if it the game goes to shoot-outs it is more of a lotery and Argentina also proofed in semi-final against Germany they practice alot on penalty corners and probably also penalty shout-outs.


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Pick Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Belgium 0 AH Pinnacle 1.66 8 2-4 LOST (-8 units)
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