World Cup Group F Preview



Group F in next month’s World Cup is shaping up to be a walk for the favorites. The real battle looks to be for second as there isn’t much between two of the teams looking to make it to the next round. 

Argentina

World Cup Group F Odds: -600 to win Group F

There is no reason why Argentina shouldn’t cruise to the win in this group. Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero could be the best strike duo in the tournament, and Gonzalo Higuain is no slouch, either. Angel Di Maria has been on fire for Real Madrid and Javier Mascherano can play a defensive role in midfield. The question comes at the back, where Manchester City teammates Pablo Zableta and Martin Demichelis are the most experienced players with 71 combined caps and although they should be good enough to get them to the next round with no problems, the knockout stage could be tricky for the two-time World Cup champs. 

Nigeria

World Cup Group F Odds: +700 to win Group F

Nigeria hasn’t won a game in their last two trips to the World Cup, and they have some experience at the back with keeper Vincent Enyeama and Joseph Yobo. The biggest question is where the goals are going to come from; Peter Odemwingie, Victor Obinna and Emmanuel Emenike are decent, but are they world beaters? The spotlight will also be on 23-year-old Victor Moses, who is on loan from Chelsea at Liverpool, and he can put pressure on the opposition with his pace. Nigeria needs him to take the next step in his progression during this tournament, which would definitely earn him more time at the club level. 

Bosnia-Herzegovina

World Cup Group F Odds: +750 to win Group F

Bosnia-Herzegovina makes their first major tournament since gaining their independence in 1992, and their big name is Edin Dzeko, who played a major role in Manchester City’s title win in England. If he wants to be a huge star in Europe, this will be the tournament in which he makes his name. Captain Emir Spahic marshals the defense, while keeper Asmir Begovic is coming off an excellent season between the sticks for Stoke City. If Dzeko steps up and becomes the difference-maker he thinks he is, Bosnia-Herzegovina will make it to the next round. 

Iran

World Cup Group F Odds: +2800 to win Group F

It was always going to be tough for Iran to even win a game in this group, but they haven’t played any warm-up games for a number of different reasons (on and off the field), which means the team won’t have much continuity. Manager Carlos Queiroz is the biggest name on the roster as a former Manchester United assistant, but he stumbled in the head roles at Real Madrid and Portugal at the 2010 World Cup, where he played very defensively…and that was with a team led by Cristiano Ronaldo. He’ll have to do the same with this team or else the rest of the group will run rampant on Iran, who have one win in nine World Cup games over three trips, and they have never scored more than two goals in a single World Cup.