Greece v Argentina Preview: Odds & Betting Tips – Tuesday, 22nd June (Group B)

20th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions
World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions

Argentina v Greece Betting Odds

Argentina to win: 8/13 at Bet365
Draw: 14/5 at Extrabet
Greece to win: 11/2 at Boylesports

Greece

There does not seem to be a lot of enthusiasm or optimism coming out of the Greece camp ahead of their final Group B match against Argentina. Coach Otto Rehhagel has even stated publicly that his side are unlikely to qualify with going up against the strong South Americans in their final match. That may sound like a brutal thing for a coach to say, but credit has to be given for being realistic. Greece are not expected to take anything away from the match, which will leave them short of reaching the next round. The race for second spot in Group B is quite tight, and for Greece to progress, all they need to do is get a better result than what South Korea do against Nigeria. The thing is, Greece’s final group task is a much tougher one than South Korea’s. Greece played their way into some kind of contention with a 2-1 win over Nigeria in their second group match. That was a landmark result for Greece, as not only was it their first World Cup victory, it all recorded their first ever World Cup goals. The Greeks had gone five games in the world’s premier football tournament without scoring, but they finally managed to break their duck, with Dimitrios Salpingidis having the honour of going down in history as their first ever goal scorer.

The 2-1 victory for Greece, in a match from which they had to come from behind, earned them the three points which gives them a slight chance of progressing. The best they can hope for realistically is a draw, with the Argentineans looked fired up and hungry for success. Greece are not renowned for playing an open match, and that is where the problems will like for them. They are not an adventurous side, simply because they haven’t got the kind of talent which like to charge forward. They pride themselves instead on running a tight ship and keeping their guard up. They will need all of their defensive qualities if they are to scrape anything out of this match. They will be underdogs, but maybe the confidence of breaking their World Cup duck will inject a little more self belief into the players, even if Rehhagel is not exuding confidence himself.

Greece World Cup Betting:
Perhaps in a World Cup of upsets so far, the best option for betting on Greece would be to take advantage of anything which has them to get a draw. Maybe the Argentineans will take their foot off the gas and allow Greece to get something out of the match? You would think that Argentina will be keen to keep momentum going along though, and not fall into that trap. A draw may be good enough for Greece, depending on what happens in the other match. Anything which offers decent odds on them getting a draw, and perhaps now we will see star striker Theo Gekas find the back of the net, so he’s worth looking at for an anytime scorer.

Greece World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: P2, W1, D0, L1
GF/GA: 2/3
Cards: Y4, R0
Most Shots: Georgios Karagounis, 2
Top Scorer: Dimitrios Salpingidis, Vasileios Torosidis, 1
Shots/On Goal: 33/13
Fouls Committed: 25
Total Passes: 962
Pass Completion: 72%

Argentina

Argentina are setting the tournament alight. They crushed the challenge of South Korea 4-1, with Gonzalo Higuain netting himself a hat trick along the way. While Lionel Messi has yet to get on to the score sheet himself, he has been instrumental in driving the South American’s forward. Any questions over the unpredictability and inexperience of coach Maradona, seems to have quickly disappeared, as Argentina are now outright favourites in World Cup betting to win the World Cup. It has been a bold statement by Argentina in their first couple of matches, and has sent warning signals that Argentina really are the to make an impact. The doubts about backing them came from the troubles they had during qualification, and from the fact that Maradona seemed completely befuddled as to what his best team and formation was. He has drafted in a staggering amount of different players during his reign as Argentina coach, but the final 23 which he took with him to South Africa, is arguably one of the strongest squads there.

The World Cup is all about watching your star players shine, and after criticism that he has not performed for his country, superstar Lionel Messi is standing up to take responsibility. Playing for Argentina in a completely different kettle of fish for Messi, as he has been asked to do a different role than the one which he does at Barcelona, where he naturally receives a lot of the ball. There appears to have been small adjustments in the way Maradona has set up his team, and now Messi is pretty much running games with the ball stuck to his feet. That will only work to the advantage of the Argentineans, and suddenly Argentina look a solid, comfortable side both going forward and in defence. They have never been far from the top of World Cup betting, but never were they perceived as favourites to take the title. While other top teams around them are facing challenges and upsets, Argentina look solid enough and are ready to back themselves. They should face either Mexico or Uruguay in the second round, which will mean that the Argentineans will be fully confident of reaching the quarter finals.

Argentina World Cup Betting. Messi has to get on the score sheet soon if the law of averages are anything to go by. He has had the most shots out of all Argentineans, and has been unlucky in front of goal. Taking both him and Higuain to get on the score sheet as anytime scorer will be worth looking at. Argentina should win the game, and if they get ahead early enough, Maradona will probably give some of his stars, like Messi a rest. That could affect the outcome of the game, but the Greeks do not look like a side which can realistically upset the run of the South Americans, so Argentina should be backed quite comfortably.

Argentina World Cup 2010 Stats

Played: P2, W2, D0, L0
GF/GA: 4/1
Cards: Y4, R0
Most Shots: Lionel Messi, 15
Top Scorer: Gonzalo Higuain, 3
Shots/On Goal: 42/18
Fouls Committed: 26
Total Passes: 1081
Pass Completion: 75%

Asian Handicap Betting Tip: May not quite be the all out assault on the Greek back line. Argentina will be happy to get through this comfortably without too much bother. They pretty much have things wrapped up nicely in the group, and therefore it may turn into more of a exhibition match than anything. Would still back the Argentineans to come good though.
Argentina -1 for 11/10 at Paddy Power
 

 

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