Argentina vs Nigeria Preview – World Cup Group B preview

The first match of Group B in the 2010 World Cup will see perennial favourite Argentina tackle African hopefuls Nigeria on Sunday 13th June (Saturday Midnight) at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg in what should be an entertaining match.

These two sides last met in the 1994 and 2002 World Cup with Argentina victorious on both occasions.

For Argentina, Sergio Aguero, Juan Riquelme and Lionel Messi all scored 4 goals during qualifying but Argentina scored at a poor average goal rate of 1.28 per game, while Ikechukwu Uuche and Victor Obinna netted 4 goals each for Nigeria and the team scored at 1.67 goals per game.

Sout Africa Argentina vs Nigeria Mexico

When: Sunday June 12th
Time: 12:00am AEST Melbourne time
Where: Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
TV: Televised live on SBS

The last meeting between these two sides resulted in a 1-0 win to Argentina in the 2002 World Cup.

Last time they met
Jun 02 Argentina 1-0 Nigeria World Cup

Recent History
Jun 02 Argentina 1-0 Nigeria World Cup
Jun 94 Argentina 2-1 Nigeria World Cup

Latest Form

Argentina (#7)
WON 24.05.10 Argentina 5-0 Canada Friendly (Home)
WON 06.05.10 Argentina 4-0 Haiti Friendly  (Home)
WON 03.03.10 Argentina 1-0 Germany Friendly (Away)
WON 11.02.10 Argentina 2-1 Jamaica Friendly (Home)
WON 27.01.10 Argentina 3-2 Costa Rica Friendly (Home)

After a rocky road to qualification Argentina have hit their straps in recent friendlies with wins over Germany and the weaker Haiti and Canada.

Nigeria (#21)
WON 06.06.10 Nigeria 3-1 North Korea Friendly (Home)
Draw 30.05.10 Nigeria 1-1 Colombia Friendly (Home)
WON 03.03.10 Nigeria 5-2 DR Congo Friendly (Home)
WON 30.01.10 Nigeria 1-0 Algeria Africa Cup of Nations bronze (Home)
Lost 28.01.10 Nigeria 1-0 Ghana Africa Cup of Nations semi (Away)

Nigeria rounded out their friendlies with a solid 3-1 win over North Korea after two wins and a draw in three prior games. The Super Eagles go into the World Cup in good form.

Argentina vs Nigeria Preview

Argentina
Maradona is doing things his own way and how far Argentina goes in the tournament will depend on how well the coach can marshall his troops and if he organises the team to play to their strengths.

With qualifying aside, one would expect Argentina to bring their A game to South Africa and on the world stage they are typically a side that delivers early in the tournament.

Quality players Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain will be a handful up front for Nigeria in the Group B opener and with Carlos Tevez in the wings the Argentinians have plenty of scoring options.

Facundo Bertoglio and Maximiliano Rodriguez scored two goals each in recent warm up games.

Nigeria
The Nigerians are one of the least favoured African nations to win the World Cup according to bookies but the enter the tournament on the back of some good recent form which will have them full of hope early on.

Players such as Nwanko Kanu, John Obi Mikel, Danny Shittu and Yakubu Aiyegbeni are very attacking and their Premier League experience will assist them greatly at this tournament.

Nigeria have plenty of offensive talent but down back they can leak goals at times and against the likes of Messi and co they could be found wanting.

Sportsbet odds for Argentina and Nigeria

Argentina 1.50
Draw 4,00
Nigeria 7.00

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Match Prediction

Argentina have been scoring goals aplenty of late, albeit against minnows, but on the big stage in front of the eyes of the world they will be out in full force. The South Americans have the offensive talent to put plenty of pressure on the Nigerian defence and they look the goods here.

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