Bosnia & Herzegovina face a baptism of fire when they make their debut at the World Cup finals against Argentina in the Maracana, Rio de Janeiro on Sunday night.
Coach Safet Susic insists his side will go into the Group F match with the same attacking style that helped Bosnia to reach the World Cup finals for the first time in their history despite the presence of four-time World Player of the Year, Lionel Messi representing the opposition.
Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella looks likely to line up with three out-and-out attackers with Higuain expected to be fit to join Messi and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero. It could be an absolute cracker of a game if Bosnia find the scoring touch that resulted in 30 goals during World Cup qualifying or it could quite simply be a suicidal move for the inexperienced Bosnians.
Argentina are second favourite to win the World Cup, top priced 4/1 at Ladbrokes and a positive start in tonight’s group game could see those odds tighten up given the under whelming performance by tournament favourite’s Brazil on Thursday. Sabella’s side has not conceded a goal in five games since wrapping up their qualifying campaign last October. The sides met in a friendly match in November when Aguero scored both goals in a comfortable 2-0 victory for Argentina.
Argentina’s attacking options are simply frightening and if Susic is true to his word and orders his players to go for the jugular, Bosnia & Herzegovina could be left open to an onslaught from the South Americans.
With a solid defensive unit protecting Sergio Romero between the sticks, taking Argentina to win to nil looks a safe bet, although it won’t buy many celebratory drinks at top price 7/10 on Betfair Sportsbook.
Messi and co could easily blow Bosnia away in this one and 50/1 Argentina to win 5-0 on BetVictor looks tempting.
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