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The Albiceleste have been overly reliant on Lionel Messi's goals, but Phil Kitromilides has picked an 8/1 tip from the back to get on the score sheet against the Swiss

On paper the round of 16 clash with Switzerland is a favorable draw for an Argentina side who will be looking for a convincing victory to quell some of the doubting voices, particularly from the press back home.

Despite having won all three of their games so far, the Albiceleste have not dominated as perhaps they should have and they have been perhaps overly reliant on the brilliance of Lionel Messi.

The Barcelona forward has scored four of their six goals (the other two being an own goal and a strike from defender Marcos Rojo) meaning that some of the side's other attacking superstars need to up their game.

Bet365 offer Messi at 8/11 (1.72) to net at any time and at 11/4 (3.75) to open the scoring.

Both of those bets will attract attention yet now is the time for the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Angel Di Maria to start chipping in with goals.

While Higuain has not managed to score his hold up play has been important in Argentina's success with the Napoli forward showing excellent awareness.

He is offered at 5/1 (6.00) to score first, but that is not quite enough for our purposes, nor is the 6/1 (7.00) for Paris St Germain's Lavezzi to break the deadlock, especially given his wide role and focus on assists.
 
Instead a look down the market sees us come across the price of 8/1 (9.00) for Ezequiel Garay to score at any time.

The centre back is excellent in the air and scored eight goals for Benfica last season.

Argentina have some of the best deliverers of crosses in the world and Garay will be a serious threat from set pieces.

Furthermore Switzerland have a relatively low win percentage of aerial duels, 54 per cent, meaning an aggressive, strong, physically imposing, six foot two inches tall defender like Garay could have provide us with some value in the anytime goal scorer market.

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Ezequiel Garay to score at anytime at 8/1 (9.00) for a 0.5pt stake with bet365

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