It is the opener for both teams in Group B and Argentina is not expected to have any trouble. Argentina is one of the main contenders in World Cup betting to win the title so anything less than a win against Nigeria would be cause for concern.
World Cup odds list Argentina at -250, Nigeria at +680 and the Draw at +310. The total on the match is 2.5 with the over at -130. Argentina is led by the best player in the world in Lionel Messi. The pressure is really on Messi to produce for Argentina in this year’s World Cup so look for him to score on Saturday. This match on Saturday should be an easy one for Argentina but how many times has that been said before? Argentina has a ton of pressure but they should not have a problem against an overmatched Nigerian team.
Nigeria does have some talent with midfielder Dickson Etuhu and defender Joseph Yobo. One of the key matchups in the game will be Jobo against Argentina’s Diego Milito. There is no question that Argentina has more firepower than Nigeria so they should be able to find scoring options in addition to Messi. Carlos Tevez is always capable of scoring a goal
Argentina is favored for good reason in World Cup odds but there is always reason for concern because the team is coached by Diego Maradona. He is capable of screwing things up for Argentina at any moment. The coaching edge definitely goes to Nigeria who has Lars Lagerback.
Nigeria is up against the wall in this game as they are already without midfielder Victor Obinna still has something left and that Peter Odemwingie plays well. The edge in goal looks to be with Argentina as they have Mariano Andujar. Nigeria has Bamidele Aiyenugba who can be great at times but also make mistakes. He can’t make any if Nigeria is to upset Argentina in World Cup odds.
Argentina has beaten Nigeria twice in the past in 1994 and in 2002. The match in 2002 was the only one that Argentina won in World Cup betting in a very disappointing performance.