World Cup 2014
Tuesday, June 25, 2014 at 17:00 GMT (13:00 Local time)
Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Nigeria vs Argentina Preview
Nigeria’s national football team was defeated in three duels with Argentina at the World Cups in the last two decades, so the players are eager for revenge, but also for going into the next round World Cup in Brazil. Argentines do not have a motive, because they have ensured a place in the next round, but this game is the most important for Nigeria in this decade, so they will try to stay undefeated and play in the knockout stage for the first time in this century.
Nigeria has won four points so far, perhaps undeservedly, because they have not played well in the first two games, and a win against Bosnia and Herzegovina has been achieved thanks to referees’ mistakes, especially given the unreasonably canceled goal of Edin Dzeko when the score was 0-0. In the first game, which ended goalless, the weakest team in the Group F, Iran was not weaker than Nigeria, and Nigerian players had only a few opportunities to score. Therefore, it is a little strange their optimism before the game against Argentina, bearing in mind that the players of Nigeria have been announcing the victory. In truth, they have not received a single goal, but they have achieved the only one, which has been suspicious because of the possible foul that preceded it. However, saved net is success, because Nigeria has had problems with injuries of defenders. Therefore, I believe that there will not be major changes in the team.
Probable line-up of Nigeria (4-2-3-1): Enyeama – Ambrose, Yobo, Omeruo, Oshaniwa – Onazi, Mikel – Odemwingie, Babatunde, Musa – Emenike
Argentina has not shined, too, but they have achieved two wins, which is the most important at such a tournament. It seems that the Argentines have played as strong as it was enough to win, saving energy for the upcoming games. Coach Sabella is still looking for the best line-up, which will allow his players to show the best, so it all comes down to what Messi will do. But, Messi has scored goals, which is the most important. Bearing in mind the previous two games, we should expect new changes in the starting line-up.
Probable line-up of Argentina (3-4-3): Romero – Campagnaro, Demichelis, Basanta – Zabaleta, Biglia, Alvarez, M. Rodriguez – Lavezzi, Messi, Palacios
Nigeria vs Argentina Match Prediction
Regardless of all the calculations, Argentina will not risk loss of the first place, so they will approach to this game very seriously. Taking into account the performances of both teams in previous games, we should not expect a game with a lot of goals, at least not in the first half hour. No Goal Before 29:00.