Argentina and Nigeria will face each other today at Beira-Rio stadium. La Albiceleste is already qualified for the next round of World Cup , but today’s match vs Nigeria will decide if they’ll finish the group stage as leaders or not. Meanwhile Nigeria will fight to not lose vs Argentina , so they’ll go through to the next round.
If Argentina win , they will be the 3rd team to end the group stage with 9 points, meanwhile if Nigeria goes through , will be the first African team to qualify to first Knock out phrase.
Alejandro Sabella’s side is leading the Group F with 6 points and that’s all thanks to FC Barcelona star , Lionel Messi. Argentina won vs Bosnia 2-1 thanks to an owngoal and of course , Messi who kept Argentina morale high also after their game vs Iran where they won 1-0 thanks to a world class goal by Leo Messi with the whole Iran team behind the ball.
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Since they are already qualified , they will try to avoid France at Knock Out phase. To avoid France , Argentina must avoid loosing tonight. Even a draw its ok for Argentina to not lose their first place. A draw would be positive for Nigeria too , as it would confirm their 2nd position and qualifying to the next stage.
Alejandro Sabella’s side are not facing any injury or suspension problems but he must decide if his team will start with a 4-3-3 or a 4-3-1-2 formation. He may want to rest some of his key players for the next match of the tournament.
Possible Line up for Argentina :
4-3-3 : Romero, Zabaleta , Hernandez, Garay ,Rojo ,Mascherano ,Gago, Di Maria, Aguerro, Messi, Higuain.
The African team is determined and will try to surprise everyone. They will try go gain a positive result today at Beira-Rio Stadium. A Draw would send them to the next round , but they will also try to avoid France and for that they need a win to seal the Group top spot.
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Regarding Nigeria probable lineup, the African side have some major injury problems , so the defender Godfrey Oboabona, defensive midfielder Reuben Gabriel and Victor Moses remain a doubt. Peter Odemwingie who scored last week, is expected to start again instead of the minor injured Victor Moses.
Possible Line up for Nigeria :
4-3-3 : Enyeama, Oshaniwa, Omeruo, Obaobona, Ambrose, Mikel, Onazi , Azeez, Babatunde, Emenike, Odemwingie
Argentina and Nigeria played 3 times vs each other at World Cup , with Argentina winning all of them.
Argentina has lost only 1 game of last 14 group stage matches at World Cup.
Nigeria win vs Bosnia was the first win for the african side in World Cup since 1998
If Argentina win , they will be the 3rd team to win all matches of the group stage of this World Cup.
If Nigeria qualify to the next round , they will be the first african team to do so in this World Cup.
If Nigeria win , it would be the first win for them against an South American team at World Cup.
Nigeria are the only team that has not conceded a goal in this competition.