World Cup 2014: Argentina Vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina Match: Prediction, Betting Odds, Preview

messiLionel Messi, with 38 goals in 86 international appearances, is all set to surpass former Argentine hero Diego Maradona’s record with the World Cup opening the country’s match with first-time qualifier Bosnia-Herzegovina in Group F action at Estadio Do Maracana in Brazil.

Messi, who has garnered global name for Spanish giants Barcelona, was new to the World Cup, where before him Maradona lifted in 1986 his country with perhaps the most famous goal in the history of FIFA.

In his 9-year-old global career, Messi has netted 38 goals in 86 international matches but he was ubiquitously unnoticed in the Argentine national team which has reached the quarterfinals in the last two World Cups.

As Maradona remained the coach and Alejandro Sabella in the team, the 26-year-old Messi leads the Argentine squad with strikers Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain, and deft midfielder Angel di Maria acting as maestro. Argentina is expected to improve on its poor 9-5-2 record during the qualifying stages, though.

The La Albiceleste is in red hot form entering the world cup and they will look to cement their authority in this opening group F fixture. Alejandro Sabella’s side boast of one of the finest attacking forces in the tournament with the mercurial Messi in their ranks.

Messi will play alongside Sergio Aguero and Higuain to form a lethal combination upfront. Defensively, they have Garay, Mascherano and Zabaleta, all of whom have been in top notch form. All in all, Argentina is packed with a star studded line up.

Argentina has won both the matches it played against Bosnia-Herzegovina, scoring 7 goals and losing none, but the team manager Safet Susic is not likely to let his team lose without fight or at least turn spoiler in the early stages with the players scouring the ground chasing the ball.


Bosnia too is bent upon creating history tomorrow as they make their debut in the world cup. The dragons had a treacherous qualification campaign which they handled rather well and they will look to take the positives out onto the field in Brazil.

The Bosnians are led upfront by Edin Dzeko. The lanky striker has been in good form for Manchester City in the recent past and is a handful to contain for any defense. He will know his compatriots Aguero, Zabaleta and Demichellis rather well to Bosnia’s advantage.

The Dragons are, nonetheless, have some good scorers who can challenge Argentina following their 8-1-1 record and 30 goals scored to 6 losses in the qualifying rounds. But the team needs to contain the most potent attacks from the Latin Americans to make any difference.

Forward Edin Dzeko, who scored 26 goals for Manchester City and Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic will prove goal scorer in the match but young defenders Ermin Bicakcic and Muhamed Besic should facilitate the strategy.

This being their first World Cup, Bicakcic and Besic, though have 16 appearances and one goal between them, need to settle down fast to counter the Argentine attack and chase the ball.

Bosnian goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who represents the x-factor for his country’s hopes, has 30 appearances for Bosnia and 136 appearances against top flight players in the European Premier League.

Start Time: Sunday, 6 p.m. EST

TV Channel: ESPN

Online Live Stream: For live online stream, click ESPN HERE.

Betting Odds: Favors Argentina with a high of -2 to a low of -0.5

Prediction: Argentina over Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-1

Where to Watch Live: (See Full List HERE)

Line ups:

Argentina (4-2-3-1): Sergio Romero; Marcos Rojo, Federico Fernández, Ezequiel Garay, Pablo Zabaleta; Javier Mascherano, Fernando Gago; Ángel di María, Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero; Gonzalo Higuaín.
Bosnia and Herzegovina (4-2-3-1): Asmir Begović; Sead Kolašinac, Emir Spahić, Ermin Bičakčić, Mensur Mujdža; Haris Medunjanin, Muhamed Bešić; Senad Lulić, Miralem Pjanić, Izet Hajrović; Edin Džeko.
Prediction: Argentina over Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-1
Players to watch out for:

Argentina – Messi – Is and will always be Argentina’s star to watch. He has failed to impress in his National colours recently and this might just be the year he proves otherwise.
Bosnia – Begovic – Stoke City keeper Asamir Begovic is the final Bosnian frontier and he will look to keep the Argentinian attack at bay. He is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and will look to make the most in his debut tournament.

FIFA Match Live stream:

US viewers can watch the game on ESPN and ABC while the live streaming online will be available HERE.

Australians can click HERE to watch the game online, while those in Africa and South Africa, can view the match HERE.

In India, the live coverage will be on TV channels Sony Six and Sony Six HD. For live streaming of the match click HERE in India.

In Pakistan PTV Sport is the only channel with FIFA live broadcasting rights and all FIFA World Cup matches will be shown live on PTV Sport. Click HEREfor online live streaming in Pakistan.

For Live Score, visit FIFA.COM.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.