Greece vs Argentina – betting tips, match preview and prediction

World Cup BettingGreece will play Argentina in one of two matches in group B to be played on Tuesday at 19:30 BST. Despite winning their first two matches comfortably, Argentina has not yet crossed the finish line, but can do so by not losing against Greece by a margin of more than two goals, while Greece are forced to get points to keep their dream of making the last 16 alive.

Match Preview

The European favorites of Italy, Spain, England and France have all stumbled in their first two matches, while South American favorites Brazil, Chile and Argentina have won comfortably. Argentina have impressed so far with a secure 1-0 win against Nigeria and amazing 4-1 against South Korea, but the results are not enough to guarantee them a spot in the 1/8-finals, as no matches have resulted in a draw in group B. However Diego Maradona is unlikely to be sleepless at night over complex calculation, as the Argentinean’s can afford a 2 goal lose tonight and still advance to the knockout stage. This might tempt Maradona to rest key players for the match, which could prove beneficial in the later stages of the tournament. We expect he will save both Gabriel Heinze and Javier Mascherano, as they are only one booking from suspension. Their squad has limited resources in midfield, why a ban to Mascherano could prove fatal for their further success.

Greece’s chances of the last 16 are still intact, but they can not afford to lose tonight against Argentina. Normally Otto Rehhagel’s side has their main qualities defending, which create a dilemma against Argentina, as they will likely have to win to progress and preferably with more than one goal. Although Nigeria could help Greece by defeating the South Koreans, in which case a draw could be enough. In their last match Greece did show some offensive qualities coming back from 0-1 against Nigeria to win the game, though they had 11 men against 10 for most of the game. This said, the Greek will likely be depending on Nigeria tonight, but will need to block out the game in Durban and concentrate on the difficult task at hand.

Team Updates

Argentina will most likely rest some of their key players tonight, which could give way to back-up players in the squad. They will also have playmaker Juan Veron back from a calf problem, while Walter Samuel might be ready for the match, but may be saved for later stages in the competition. At the same time we might see strikers Diego Milito and Sergio Aguero, if Maradona decide to save his normal starting forwards tonight.

We expect Greece to play with the same line-up that won against Nigeria in the last match.

Greece vs Argentina betting tip

Our betting pick for the match is Argentina to win at odds 1.53 at 888 sports.

Greece is under tremendous pressure before the game and can not afford to lose. They surely do not have their strengths attacking, which will be necessary today should South Korea score or hold the draw in the other game in group B. This could force Greece forward and we predict they will have a hard time both attacking and keeping their organization in the back. In any case Argentina will create chances during the game and will be deathly for the Greeks on their fast counterattacks. It is difficult to see how Greece should keep Argentina from scoring tonight and score a goals themselves, which is why we have chosen Argentina to win. Our match prediction will be 2-1 or 3-1 to Argentina tonight.

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