Argentina vs Iran 2014 World Cup Preview

It is a tale of David vs Goliath at the 2014 World Cup tomorrow morning at 2am (AEST); with former World champions Argentina taking on an Iran side that has recorded just one victory in the history of the World Cup.

Argentina picked up the three points from their opening World Cup fixture against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Monday, but it is fair to say that they would be disappointed with their overall performance and a moment of individual brilliance from Lionel Messi was the difference between the two sides.

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Alejando Sabella sent out his side in a 3-5-2 formation against Bosnia-Herzegovina before changing to 4-3-3 in the second half and he confirmed last night that his side will attack from the opening whistle against Iran.

Argentina are dominant favourites to score their second win of the 2014 World Cup, with the side available at odds of $1.11 to win with Ladbrokes.com.au, but Sabella will not just be looking for his to get the three points and will be hoping that his side can produce a polished performance across the 90 minutes.

Iran were set-up to defend and counter attack Nigeria in their opening 2014 World Cup fixture and they defended well to come away with a scoreless draw.

They will take the pitch in an even more defensive formation against Argentina, but will need to be defensively exceptionally to shut down the star-studded Argentina attack that includes Messi, Serigo Aguero and Gonzalo Higuian.

Iran looked dangerous at times against Nigeria when they pressed forward on the counter attack and Argentina have had their issues in defense, but manager Carlos Queiroz will not allow his team to send too many players forward in attack.

Iran are available at the massive odds of $19 to score one of the biggest upsets in the history of the World Cup and it is difficult to see how the Asian side will be able to pull this off, while the $8 available for the draw does not look like value.

This is a very difficult game in which to find any value in betting markets, but the $1.62 for Argentina to score in both halves and the $2.20 on offer for Argentina to win by more than two goals is worth a play.

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