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  • November 18, 2013
  • • 8:30 PM
  • • Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Referee: E. Jurisevic
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International Friendly Preview: Argentina - Bosnia-Herzegovina

International Friendly Preview: Argentina - Bosnia-Herzegovina

Friendly Argentina Ecuador Sergio Aguero

The South Americans were held 0-0 by Ecuador without Lionel Messi and face strong opposition in the form of the Balkan nation, which qualified for its first World Cup last month.

Bosnia-Herzegovina will begin preparations for the World Cup when it meets Argentina for the second time Tuesday.

Back in 1998 Bosnia was thrashed 5-0 by the South Americans, and it will be hoping for a better outcome in this friendly fixture as the national team has come a long way since then. The Balkan nation ensured it will make its maiden appearance at the World Cup finals in 2014 with a 1-0 win over Lithuania last month.

That victory gave Safet Susic's men the top spot in Group G of the European qualification section after it lost just one match throughout the campaign, edging out Greece, who had to settle for the playoffs. And Bosnia will aim to carry that momentum into its clash with Alejandro Sabella's side in St. Louis, as it looks to end a superb year on a high.

The performances of strikers Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic helped inspire Bosnia to the finals, with the duo scoring 18 of the nation's 30 goals in qualification. And those two will need to be at their best if they are to break down an Argentina side that lost just twice as it finished on top of the CONMEBOL qualification group.

Sabella's team is set to make its 11th consecutive appearance at the World Cup finals next year, and goes into the game on a run of just one defeat in its last 11 internationals. But the South American outfit will be without its main talisman for the encounter, with Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi unavailable because of a hamstring injury.

Messi finished qualifying as Argentina's top scorer in qualification with 10 goals, but it will be up to the likes of Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain and Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero filling the void after Argentina drew a blank in a 0-0 draw with Ecuador on Friday.

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Argentina

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Wins
3
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Argentina ARG
Argentina Argentina
Draw
Bosnia-Herzegovina BIH
Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina
64%
28%

Top 3 Predictions

Argentina ARG
3 - 1
Bosnia-Herzegovina BIH
Argentina ARG
1 - 2
Bosnia-Herzegovina BIH
Argentina ARG
2 - 0
Bosnia-Herzegovina BIH

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