Alejandro Sabella’s side – among the favourites to lift the trophy – are red-hot favourites to see off Carlos Queiroz’s side this weekend, with Paddy Power offering just 1/14 (1.07) for Argentina to claim all three points from their Group F meeting with the Asian side.
Iran held Nigeria to a goalless draw in their opening group match but the tie against Sabella’s men, of course, represents a massive step up in class for Carlos Queiroz’s side and it comes as little surprise to see them chalked up at a massive 20/1 (21.0) with Paddy Power to stage what would be one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history by beating Argentina.
Indeed, the enormity of the task facing Iran is underlined by the 7/1 (8.0) quote from Paddy Power for the match to end all square.
Iran have leaked just one goal in their last five matches and, subsequently, Argentina may require patience as they seek to break down the dogged defence of Carlos Queiroz’s charges in Belo Horizonte.
With that in mind, the 5/4 (2.25) quote from Paddy Power for Argentina to net the opening goal of the game after the 21st minute certainly carries plenty of appeal here while the 6/4 (2.50) on offer from the same firm for Sabella’s side to net exactly one first-half goal looks to represent decent value.
However, there is no doubt that Argentina should be far too strong for Iran this weekend and, with Carlos Queiroz’s side unlikely to offer any real attacking threat, the even money (2.0) quote for the South American giants to win both halves is outstanding value.
Reports from Argentina's training base suggest that the second favourites for the tournament wll revert back to the more familiar 4-3-3 formation that they employed during the qualifying campaign.
That alteration should see Gonzalo Higuain restored to the starting line-up which will come as a relief to punters who have backed the Napoli frontman for the top goalscorer award.
The even money (2.0) offer from Paddy Power for Argentina (-2) in the handicap market is also likely to prove tempting for those who believe that Sabella’s men will record an emphatic victory.
However, given that Iran have failed to find the net in three of their last five matches, Paddy Power’s even money (2.0) quote for Argentina to win both halves looks too big to resist here and it should be snapped up accordingly.
|Argentina to win both halves at even money (2.00) 2pts stake with Paddy Power|
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