Argentina v Nigeria betting picks

World cupMaradona and Messi will at 1500 BST play against Nigeria at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. This is the first match for the two teams in group B at the World Cup 2010 where South Korea and Greece are the other opponents.

No doubt Diego Maradona will take this match very seriously and look to ensure a win and give the south American country the best possible start of this World Cup. With a classy team having Carlos “Carlitos” Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain and the fabolous Lionel Messi in the front it will be hard to predict anything but at least one goal from the Argentina side in the match v Nigeria which amongst their fans are named “The Super Eagles”.

The history is also with Maradona and Argentina in this match since they are unbeaten against Nigeria. Maradona himself was on the Argentina team that beat Nigeria (2-1) in 1994 and in 2002 the two team once again met in the preliminary rounds this time with a 1-0 victory to Argentine.

The fact that the match is played on the African continent should not be of great concerns for the punters backing Argentina since they have a great track record in opening games at the WC and it is exactly 20 years ago (1990, Italy) Argentine lost their opening game which actually was against another African nation, Cameroun. (0-1).

It is notable that Barcelona super star Lionel Messi only scored 4 times in 18 matches in the qualifying rounds which is a reason for one of our Argentina v Nigeria betting selections.

Argentina v Nigeria Betting picks

Outright win for Argentina at odds 1.44

Lionel Messi NOT to score at almost evens. When entering Betfair market “To score” then click the red/purple box outside Lionel Messi. The “lay box” is betting against an outcome to happen and Messi being goalless today is a fantastic betting opportunity with high value. Messi is a wonderful player but betting is all about finding great odds which this “Messi not to score” is. Very strong betting oppurtunity today!!!!

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