Argentina vs Bosnia & Herzegovina 2014 World Cup Preview

Arguably the headline match of Group F at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Argentina will be aiming to get their campaign off to the best possible start when taking to field on Monday morning to face European dark horse Bosnia & Herzegovina.

A favourite amongst fans, players and punters alike to reach at least the semi-final stage of the 2014 World Cup, Argentina will need to find good form immediately if to take all three points away from a Bosnian side tipped to claim second position in Pool F and progress to the knock-out stages.

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Argentina

How They Will Play

Qualifying for the 2014 Soccer World Cup with relative ease, Argentina will be looking to assert themselves in attack against Bosnia, boasting one of the most star-studded forward lines of all 32 teams entered.

In addition to their impressive attack, Manager Alejandro Sabella has opted for a well-experienced and solid defensive line, including the likes of Pablo Zabaletta and Martin Demichelis, who each registered stand-out seasons for Premier League champion side Manchester City.

Registering a largely hot-and-colt 2010 World Cup campaign under the guidance of national hero Diego Maradona, Sabella has seemingly employed a far-more organized and structured culture to the Argentinian side, laying a key base for Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and of course Lionel Messi to work their magic at the business end for the pitch.

Linking the forward line with the defence is arguably Argentina’s key player; Real Madrid midfielder Angel Di Maria, who will be looking slice open the Bosnian midfield and deliver quality ball to Messi and co. from the left flank.

A talented squad all over the field, Argentina will pressure Bosnia & Herzegovina from the first whistle and appear likely to spend the majority of the 90 minutes peppering Begovic’s goal.

Player to Watch – Lionel Messi

Arguably the world’s best current footballer, Lionel Messi has developed a reputation of spinning gold from all corners of the pitch. Scoring an incredible 327 goals over 395 appearances for club side Barcelona, Messi is also capable of setting up successful attacking plays and tracking back when needed in defence, making him the best all-round performer at the 2014 Soccer World Cup. If Bosnia is any chance of success against Argentina, they will need to get the ball and general play away from Messi as much as possible.

Bosnia & Herzegovina

How They Will Play

Bosnia & Herzegovina will line up for their very first World Cup finals match against Argentina, and will be hoping to salvage at least a point against Group F’s powerhouse.

While debuting in World Cup finals in Brazil this year, Bosnia are by no means a space-filling team, boasting a talented list of players that are capable of both creating chances and finishing off in style, and are a legitimate chance of progression from Pool F as a result.

Likely to field a 4-3-2-1 formation against Argentina, Bosnia will be offered a solid defensive line to withstand the likes of Messi and Aguero, whilst still posing a legitimate threat in attack via stand-out striker Edin Dzeko; who is well-tuned to the playing style and possible weaknesses of Argentinian defenders Martin Demichelis and Pablo Zabaletta, playing week-in, week-out together at Manchester City.

Stitched together by central midfielder Miralem Pjanic, Bosnia scored a total of 30 goals from 10 qualifying games largely fielding the side that is likely to take to the pitch for their World Cup opener with Argentina, but will have to apply pressure from the opening whistle if any chance of success.

Players to Watch – Edin Dzeko and Asmir Begovic

One of the English Premier League’s most prolific goal scorers, Edin Dzeko is the undeniable star of Bosnia & Herzegovina’s World Cup squad, but will have to convert every chance against Argentina in what will likely be one-way traffic. The necessity for a top-level shot-stopper is therefore pivotal to Bosnia’s chances against Argentina, in which case Stoke City gloveman Asmir Begovic poses an excellent option. Bosnia’s first-choice keeper since 2012, Begovic was pivotal in his nation’s qualification for the 2014 World Cup and is arguably in career-best form.

Predicted Result

Argentina are resounding favourites to get their 2014 World Cup campaign off to a winning start, and with a class forward line complimented by a well-trialled, rock-solid defence, all signs seem to support this theory. Argentina will not allow Bosnia enough time on the ball to release Dzeko, and will be far-too fast on attack.

Coupled with their knowledge and experience in the South American climate, Argentina are specials to beat Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Argentina vs Bosnia & Herzegovina World Cup Betting Plays

Argentina are currently available at 2014 World Cup odds of $1.40 to beat Bosnia & Herzegovina at Ladbrokes.com.au, with the Europeans given little hope of success at a quote of $7.50.

With Argentina likely to camp in the Bosnian 18-yard box, a correct score bet of Argentina to win 3-0 offers punters exceptional value at $10 odds.

On the chance Bosnia & Herzegovina can counter and score at any point during the match, an anytime goal scorer bet on Edin Dzeko at $3.40 odds is also worth consideration.

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