Nigeria v Argentina Odds & Betting Tips – World Cup 2014 Betting

24th June 2014 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
Nigeria v Argentina

Nigeria v Argentina Betting Preview – World Cup 2014

Well it has been the Lionel Messi saviour show for Argentina so far the World Cup as the South Americans haven’t quite been firing on all cylinders. It just means that there should be more to come from them, so nothing too drastic to worry about you would think. They go up against Nigeria, just needing a draw to guarantee top spot. Defeat would push them down into second.

So both have something to play for as Nigeria need one point to guarantee qualification, to stave off any threat of Iran should they beat Bosnia in the other group match. Nigeria opened with a 0-0 draw against Iran, a match in which they were disappointed and was their fourth draw in six matches. But then the Super Eagles pulled off a bit of a shock surprise as they went on to post a 1-0 win over Bosnia in the battle for second place, thanks to a brilliant goal by Peter Odemwingie.

This will be the fourth meeting between the two nations at the World Cup, with Argentina having won all three previous ones. Nigeria have only managed one win in six meetings in total against the Albiceleste, drawing one and losing four. Indeed, history is against Nigeria as they have never beaten a South American side in four previous attempts at the World Cup. In beating Bosnia, Nigeria produced what was their first World Cup win in 10 matches (D3 L6), so it really was a bit of an upset. At the back, they may frustrate Argentina, as the Super Eagles have gone 221 minutes without conceding a World Cup goal.

Argentina are on a four match winning streak, but the wins at the World Cup haven’t been that convincing. Even when they were running out of time in their game against Iran, they just didn’t throw any men in the box, strangely. What is lacking from Argentina is a plan B. This could be a low scoring affair, perhaps tempting enough to go under 2.5 goals, because Argentina have only scored eight goals in six previous matches against Nigeria, an average of 1.3 per game.

Argentina have won 11 and lost just one of their last 14 World Cup group matches now (drawing two) and they have conceded just the five goals in total in this run. Lionel Messi is fortunately in form and has finally turned up for a world Cup. He has two so far in the 2014 edition, and he has scored eight in his last seven appearances for Argentina, which is lucky because Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain have yet to put in a good performance between them. Messi is trading as 4/5 favourite in the anytime goalscorer market for this one.

Nigeria v Argentina Odds

Argentina 1/2, Draw 3/1, Nigeria 7/1

Betfair have this as a Cashback extra. Place a first goalscorer, anytime goalscorer, scorecast and correct score bet and if the refund trigger which you select gets activated, then you will get losing stakes on those markets refunded. Yes, you  pick the trigger from the match ending 0-0, Lionel Messi scoring first, Sergio Aguero scoring first, the first goal being a header or Lionel Messi scoring two or more in the match.

Nigeria v Argentina Betting Tips

Go under 2.5 goals, because Nigeria are yet to concede, and Argentina have struggled to score against them previously

Lionel Messi should be value at 4/5 in the anytime goalscorer market


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