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Nigeria v Argentina betting preview

25/6/2014
Argentina sit top of Group F following victories in their first two group matches and odds comparison site easyodds.com highlights the South American's are firm favourites to make that three wins from three when they play Nigeria this evening.

Argentina are second favourites to win the tournament, behind only Brazil, and Easyodds show they are just 8/15 to defeat Nigeria. But their African opponents are unbeaten themselves, picking up four points from a draw with Iran and win against Bosnia Herzegovina, and will provide a sterner test than many might expect.

The two countries met at both the 2002 and 2010 World Cups, with Argentina winning by the narrowest of margins, 1-0 on both occasions. Indeed, Argentina have only scored eight times against Nigeria in their six previous meetings and having laboured to victory against Iran last time out, they may well find it tough going once again.

Goals have been in short supply in Group F so far and that trend is likely to continue here. Argentina have conceded only one goal in their last seven internationals, whilst Nigeria have kept six clean sheets in their last eight and have yet to concede at the tournament. A goalless draw is best odds of 14/1 through easyodds.com.

Nigeria's impressive defensive record has made up for their struggles in front of goal, the Super Eagles have scored just five times in their last eight matches.

Argentina have won 11 and lost just one of their last 14 World Cup group games, conceding just five times in the process and victory to nil for the South American's looks good value at 11/8. Along similar lines, Argentina to win and under 2.5 goals to be scored in the match is best price 9/4.

Nigeria will of course be wary of a certain Lionel Messi. The Barcelona star has two goals in the tournament already and has found the net eight times in his last seven appearances for his country. Easyodds show best odds of 4/5 on him scoring at anytime in this clash.

Best price match odds:

Argentina - 8/15

Nigeria - 8/1

Draw - 3/1

Article courtesy of easyodds.com
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