Nigeria v Argentina Betting Tips: Lionel Messi expected to deliver for the Albiceleste

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All eyes will be on Argentina's number 10 as his side looks to turn around a difficult situation, and we think he will net his first goals in Russia

Lionel Messi was the pre-tournament favourite to end the World Cup as top scorer, yet after two games he is still to find the back of the net.

There is huge pressure on Messi, and indeed Argentina, heading into the final group game and the captain will be desperate to open his account in this edition of the World Cup against Nigeria.

Latest odds

Messi has only ever scored five goals at the World Cup and Wednesday's final game in Group D will be his 18th match in the tournament.

bet365 offer him at 4/6 (1.66) to score at anytime and Argentina's continued participation in the competition is surely linked to the performance of their captain.

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The Barcelona forward, who turned 31 on Sunday, is priced at 12/5 (3.40) in the first goalscorer market.

Another brace against Nigeria?

Messi's only ever brace at a World Cup came four years ago when Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in an entertaining group encounter.

If he manages to get his first goal, a certain amount of pressure on him will be lifted and we may well see him play with more freedom.

The more relaxed the Rosario man is, the better he tends to perform, and the price of 11/4 (3.75) for him to score two goals or more could well be worth consideration.

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Meanwhile, Messi can be backed at 10/1 (11.00) to join Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane in scoring a hat-trick in Russia

Tips and predictions

It would be extremely typical of the player for him to respond to a difficult situation with an exceptional individual performance.

Argentina need a win to avoid elimination and they need Messi to deliver, making the price of 11/4 (3.75) for him to score two or more tempting.

He can also be backed a healthy looking 13/10 (2.30) to be Argentina's first scorer and at 2/1 (3.00) to be the official man of the match.

Prices correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Lionel Messi to score two goals or more at 11/4 (3.75) for a 1pt stake with bet365

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