World Cup 2014 Odds: Argentina Big Favorite in Group F Betting

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2014

Argentina's Javier Mascherano, right, gives the captain arm band to Argentina's Lionel Messi during their international friendly soccer match in La Plata, Argentina, Saturday, June 7, 2014. Argentina's team is leaving June 9 for Brazil to compete in the World Cup. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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All of the signs point to a potentially magical run for Argentina in this year's World Cup.

With a manager getting the most out of his team, the best player in the world and a World Cup played on South American soil, Argentina is clearly one of the teams to beat this summer.

But before moving on to the knockout stage, Argentina must handle its business in Group F against Bosnia-Herzegovina, Nigeria and Iran.

Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero form the world's deadliest offensive trio on a soccer pitch. Higuain and Aguero are both world-class scorers in their own right, but all eyes will be on Messi, whom many consider the best player in the world today.

It could finally be Messi's time to shine on the international stage as coach Alejandro Sabella has built the team around his superstar. Messi is a 7-1 favorite to finish the World Cup as the tournament's leading scorer, and he should rack up his share of goals in the group stage.

Argentina is a 2-9 favorite to win Group F and 4-1 to win the World Cup.

Bosnia-Herzegovina is going to be a fun team to watch this year. Coached by former striker Safet Susic and loaded upfront with two great forwards in Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic, the Bosnians aren't afraid to throw caution to the wind and attack.

This could be a recipe for disaster against a team like Argentina, or it could end up providing an entertaining shootout of a game. And with a strong keeper in Asmir Begovic capable of making some big stops, this looks to be Argentina's biggest upset threat.

Bosnia-Herzegovina is going off at 6-1 to win Group F.

Nigeria won the 2013 Africa Cup and has a strong squad of its own, led by Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses on offense. Going off at 10-1 to win Group F, the Nigerians will have to find a way to slow down the powerful attacks of Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina, which will be no easy task.

Nigeria has drawn Argentina in its group in three of its four all-time World Cup appearances, losing all three of those head-to-head matchups.

Iran (40-1 to win Group F) is a well-coached and tactically sound squad, as illustrated by a 1-0 upset over South Korea last year. But in this group, Iran is clearly outmatched, and even scoring a draw would be a big surprise.


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