||Argentina have disappointed in many recent World Cups often coming up short earlier than a team of their quality should. They have arguably the best player in the world in Lionel Messi so will always command plenty of respect but there are some question marks over their defence. This may be Argentina's best opportunity for some time as the World Cup is being held in South America for the first time since 1978, a tournament that Argentina were victorious in.
Top World Cup Bets on Argentina
Here are the best bets available on Argentina at the 2014 World Cup:
- Argentina to qualify from Group ?
- Argentina to win Group ?
- Gonzalo Higuain to be Argentina's top scorer.
- Argentina to be eliminated in the Semi Final stage.
- Argentina to score between 6-9 goals in Group ?
Argentina World Cup Fixtures
|15/06/2014||Argentina|| v ||Bosnia-Herzegovina|
Argentina Next Match Odds
Argentina Road To World Cup
Argentina qualified top of the South American qualifying section as would have been expected with Brazil in there (they qualified automatically as hosts). They were pushed close by Chile though suggesting they weren't quite at their best.
Argentina failed to win seven of their sixteen qualifying matches which has to be considered disappointing considering there was no Brazil to contend with. If Argentina are going to keep on drawing so many games they are going to need to make sure they practice their penalties this summer.
Argentina World Cup Squad
This is the predicted 23 man Argentina World Cup 2014 squad.
| ||Ezequiel Garay, Pablo Zabaleta, Fernando Gago, Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, Sergio Agüero, Federico Fernandez, Clemente|
Argentina Player Stats From World Cup Qualifying
These are the goalscoring stats from Argentina’s World Cup Qualifying campaign. Use these to pick the best goalscorer bets in all of Argentina’s World Cup matches.
|Player||Apps (Sub)||Goals||Games Scored In||First Goals||Last Goals||Hat Tricks||Penalty|
|Lionel Messi||12 (1)||10||8||3||2||0||3|
|Gonzalo Higuain||9 (0)||9||6||2||3||1||0|
|Sergio Agüero||8 (0)||5||5||2||1||0||1|
|Ezequiel Lavezzi||7 (3)||3||2||0||1||0||0|
|Maxi Rodriguez||5 (3)||3||2||0||1||0||0|
|Angel Di Maria||10 (0)||3||3||1||1||0||0|
|Rodrigo Palacio||8 (3)||1||1||0||1||0||0|
|Ever Banega||8 (3)||1||1||0||1||0||0|
All stats reflect bookies rules for own goals and 90 mins play in their respective markets.
Lionel Messi outscored his team mates in qualifying as you'd often expect but his goalscoring ratio wasn't as good as it has been in recent seasons for Barcelona suggesting he still quite isn't the same player at international level. Gonzalo Higuain was only one goal behind Messi in the scoring charts despite playing almost 300 minutes less football so it could turn out that Higuain is Argentina's main goal threat at the World Cup finals.
Argentina Players' Disciplinary Stats
Check Argentina's yellow and red card stats below to help highlight the best bets in the cards markets for Argentina's World Cup matches.
|Player||Apps (Sub)||Yellow Cards||First Yellow Card Of Game||Red Cards|
|Javier Mascherano||10 (0)||3||1||1|
|Pablo Zabaleta||10 (0)||3||0||0|
|Gonzalo Higuain||9 (0)||2||0||1|
|Federico Fernandez||11 (0)||2||1||0|
|Ezequiel Garay||8 (0)||2||0||0|
|Sergio Agüero||8 (0)||2||1||0|
|Angel Di Maria||10 (0)||2||0||0|
|Erik Lamela||2 (0)||1||1||0|
|José María Basanta||4 (0)||1||0||0|
|Lucas Biglia||6 (2)||1||0||0|
Argentina picked up a lot of yellow cards considering they were the dominant team in most matches. They have a reputation as a fiery side and it certainly seems as though the referee's at the World Cup finals will be speaking to plenty of Argentinean players. Defensive midfielders and full backs are often most at risk when it comes to yellow cards so it was no surprise to see Javier Mascherano and Pablo Zabaleta pick up the most bookings. Those players will be the ones to concentrate on in the individual bookings markets at the World Cup.
Argentina Team Stats From World Cup 2014 Qualifying
Argentina's team stats can be found below, these stats can be applied to a multitude of match markets during the World Cup.
|-||Goal Stats||-||Results Stats|
|Games||16||No. Of Games||6|
|Goals||35||No. Of Games Won||2|
|Conceded||15||No. Of Games Drawn||3|
|First Goals||8||No. Of Games Lost||1|
|Last Goals||11||No. Of Games Winning At Half Time||2|
|Over 1.5 / 2.5 / 3.5||14 / 10 / 6||No. Of Games Drawing At Half Time||4|
|Under 1.5 / 2.5 / 3.5||2 / 6 / 10||No. Of Games Losing At Half Time|| |
|Clean Sheets||4||No. Of Games Team Won Both Halves||2|
|First Half Clean Sheets||8||No. Of Games Won To Nil|| |
|Second Half Clean Sheets||10||-||-|
|First Half Goals||20||-||-|
|Second Half Goals||15||-||-|
|Team Scored In Both Halves||6||-||-|
|Games Both Teams Scored||11||-||-|
Argentina averaged just over two goals a game in qualifying and conceded just under one goal a game. That doesn't show a great level of superiority and against some of the better teams at the World Cup we should expect close matches.
Argentina Recent World Cup Performances
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