2014 World Cup Betting: Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Argentina

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 3:48 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014 3:48 PM UTC

Those thinking it will be a walk in the park for Messi and Argentina against Bosnia in their first Group F match may want to re-consider. We've run over the soccer odds for this clash and have come up with our favorite pick to take to the sportsbooks.
<p style="text-align:center"> <style type="text/css"><!-- td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#000000"><iframe width="560" height="330" src="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/video/embed/?videoId=20544" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></span></p> <p><b>Odds Overview<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">The <a href="/picks/more-sports/2014-world-cup-betting-argentina-450-chasing-brazil/39767/" title="2014 World Cup Betting: Argentina +450 Chasing Brazil" target="_blank">Argentinians are favored</a> at anywhere from -215 to as high as -280 at some sports betting sites. We can back Bosnia in the +700 to +800 range, with a draw quoted at roughly +375 at most places we've looked.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em">Argentina<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em"><img src="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks-pictures/JS36016632.jpg" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" />Filled to the brim with star attacking players, Argentina enters the World Cup as one of the biggest favorites to win the entire competition. </span><span style="font-size:1em">As for the team's warm-ups prior, they had little trouble, beating Trinidad and Tobago 3-0, and then Slovenia (2-0) three days later, with both matches taking place at home. It was good to see the defense hold strong in both friendlies, considering that part of the pitch has been an issue for Argentina in the past. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Ranked number five in the FIFA world rankings, Argentina will do battle with Bosnia, and then will face off against Iran six days later. The following week, they'll close out the group stages against Nigeria. </span><span style="font-size:1em">As you can see, it's one of the easier group draws out there, but either way, the Argentinians would be expected to advance regardless of who they were matched up with. </span><span style="font-size:1em">We know about the likes of Martin Demichelis, Pablo Zabaleta and Javier Mascherano defensively, but Argentina is loaded with exceptional attacking players. It all starts of course with Messi, who will be the captain, and he's surrounded by the likes of Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain and Ezequiel Lavezzi. The <a href="/picks/more-sports/world-cup-picks-best-value-bets-group-f/40012/" title="Familiarize yourself with Group F" target="_blank">rest of Group F</a> is in trouble.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em">Bosnia and Herzegovina<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">The Bosnians, ranked #21 in the world, took a different approach to their preparations for the World Cup, playing double the amount of friendlies than Argentina. </span><span style="font-size:1em">After winning all four matches, they should be feeling good about their chances of advancing out of Group F alongside their Sunday opponents. Bosnia played a couple of U-21 teams to get some things ironed out, and then were really tested in their victories over Ivory Coast (2-1) <a href="/picks/more-sports/2014-world-cup-betting-mexico-vs-cameroon-picks-odds/40085/" title="Mexico vs. Cameroon Picks &amp; Odds" target="_blank">and Mexico</a> (1-0).</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Let's run over the makeup of the squad to see who we should pay attention to all over the field. </span><span style="font-size:1em">Asmir Begovic, who had a terrific season for Stoke City in <a href="/picks/more-sports/soccer-picks-english-premier-league-futures/39608/" title="SBR's English Premier League Futures Pick" target="_blank">the Premier League</a>, will be in goal, while captain Emir Spahic will be at the heart of the defense for the side. Miralem Pjanic, Zvjezdan Misimovic and Senad Lulic should also have significant impacts in the tournament. </span><span style="font-size:1em">That said, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/soccer-betting/2897079-wc-group-f.html#post22020045" title="Would you bet on Bosnia winning the group?" target="_blank">Bosnia's chances</a> will directly relate to how Edin Dzeko's performs up front. He's provided a fantastic return for his country thus far, scoring 35 goals in 62 appearances. Can the powerful striker provide some more heroics in the World Cup?</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em">World Cup Pick<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Sometimes the first matches are tricky for the top favorites, and this could indeed be one of those occasions for Messi, and company. </span><span style="font-size:1em">We really like what we've seen out of Bosnia when we've watched them, and they shouldn't be overlooked when making <a href="/picks/more-sports/" title="We have valuable World Cup prop picks, future picks and more!" target="_blank">your soccer picks</a>. Dzeko has been exceptional on the international level throughout his career and will try to make life miserable on the Argentinians. </span><span style="font-size:1em">Still, we're not about to go against Argentina here, as their sheer attacking quality should be enough to push them over the edge. They'll be tested by a technically skilled, and well-disciplined Bosnia outfit, but we're still picking the favorites to get the three points.</span></p> <p>[gameodds]36/252029/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Free Soccer Pick: </b><span style="font-size:1em">Argentina 2 Bosnia 1</span></p>
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