May 06, 2014
As far as the World Cup is concerned Argentina live in the shadow of their neighbouring rivals and 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil, and for a nation with such a proud footballing history they have been under achievers at this tournament over the years.
Argentina has won two World Cups, in 1978 and 1986, and with Brazil being a five-time World Cup winner, more than any other country in the world, the passionate Argentian fans would love nothing more than for their football team to take the title home from Brazil.
Generally speaking, Argentina is always a dangerous team to play at the World Cup, but they tend to fall apart when it matters most under the weight of expectation afforded them.
Even Argentina’s best player Lionel Messi has only found the net once in eight World Cup outings and he will have the weight of a whole nation on his shoulders in Brazil. Can he rise to the occasion and help Argentina lift the biggest football trophy of them all?
At the group stage they are up against Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria and they should be able to win all games comfortably, as they are playing on home soil and are clearly better than their opponents.
Argentina is well fancied at $6.00 to win the 2014 World Cup and they are $1.22 to win Group F.
Argentina World Cup Odds
Win the World Cup: $6.00
Win Group F: $1.22
Qualify for next Round: $1.04
Reach 2014 World Cup Final: $2.88
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If Argentina bring their A game to the group stages then we can’t see them dropping a point and the $2.20 about scoring nine points in Group F is the bet we like for the tournaments second favourites.
Group F Draw for Argentina
Argentina has to play Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria in Group F and their first match is scheduled for Monday 16th June 2014 against Bosnia-Herzegovina at 8am in the morning (Australian time).
|Mon 16 Jun||Argentina||vs||Bosnia||8am||Rio de Janeiro||Bet now|
|Sun 22 Jun||Argentina||vs||Iran||2am||Belo Horizonte||Bet now|
|Thu 26 Jun||Nigeria||vs||Argentina||2am||Porto Alegre||Bet now|
Argentina World Cup Squad
The 30 man Argentina World Cup Provisional Squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, South America.
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Agustin Orion (Boca Juniors)
Defenders: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Federico Fernandez (Napoli), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City), Jose Basanta (Monterrey), Nicolas Otamendi (Atletico Mineiro), Lisandro Lopez (Getafe), Gabriel Mercado (River Plate)
Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Ever Banega (Newell’s Old Boys), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter Milan), Augusto Fernandez (Celta Vigo), Jose Sosa (Atletico Madrid), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Maxi Rodriguez (Newell’s Old Boys), Fabian Rinaudo (Catania), Enzo Perez (Benfica)
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain), Franco Di Santo (Werder Bremen)
The Head Coach of the Argentina World Cup squad is Alejandro Sabella and team captain is Lionel Messi.
World Cup players to watch for Argentina
Much of his country’s expectation will be on the shoulders of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who is widely regarded as the best player in the world. He is an outstanding footballer with brilliant dribbling and shooting ability that now needs to produce it on the biggest stage of them all. After a quiet 2006 tournament as a young player, he made little impact in 2010, much like Argentina itself, perhaps the 2014 World Cup is where his star will shine.
The speedy Sergio Aguero will always be remembered as the man who scored the injury-time goal for Manchester City in the last few minutes of the 2012 season to claim City’s first league title in years. Aguero has done the hard yards for his country and hopefully will be over recent injury concerns in time for Brazil.
Gonzalo Higuain is a proven goal scorer for both club and country and emerging youngster Angel Di Maria adds to a midfield up there with the best of them.
Head over to our Group F page for more information on each team competing in this group at the 2014 World Cup.
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