Argentina vs Nigeria 2014 World Cup Preview

Argentina have already secured a spot in the second round of the 2014 World Cup, but they have been far from convincing in their two games to date and will be looking to produce an improved performance when they take on Nigeria at Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre this morning.

Both teams still have plenty to play for in this final pool game; with Argentina requiring a win or a draw to finish on top of the group, while Nigeria need a point of their own to secure their position in the second round of the tournament.

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Argentina were largely outplayed in their opening game of the tournament with Bosnia-Herzegovina, but got away with a 2-1 victory, and took almost 90 minutes to break down a resolute Iranian defense; with the Argentineans lucky they did not concede on the counter attack in the second half of the game.

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Individual brilliance from Lionel Messi was enough to get Argentina out of trouble in both their pool games and another Messi goal would probably be enough to see them beat Nigeria, but they will have to improve across the pitch to be any chance of making a deep run at this tournament.

Like Argentina, Nigeria were unable to break down Iran and they were lucky to get away with the three points against Bosnia; with a number of questionable refereeing decisions going the way of the African side.

Although Nigeria look set to progress to the round of 16 for just the third time, they have failed to impress with their style of football during the tournament, especially in attack, but it is hard to be critical of a side that is yet to concede a goal.

Their defense will need to be at their very best against an Argentina side that will be desperate for goals following their poor performance against Iran and Nigeria are likely to sit back and let their rivals dominate possession.

This is a game where it is difficult to find betting value and the $1.50 on offer for Argentina to win with Ladbrokes.com.au may be best served as an inclusion in multi bets with the likes of France and Switzerland.

Nigeria are currently available at odds of $9 and that seems about the right price, as does the $3.80 on offer for the draw.

Argentina have generally been slow out of the gates at the 2014 World Cup and this means that the $2 for the second half to be the highest scoring half and the $2.90 on offer for the first half to be scoreless are both worth a look.

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Odds of $1.80 are available for Lionel Messi to score at any time and Argentina to win the match, while Peter Odemwingie to score and Nigeria to win the match is priced at $13.

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