Sunday, June 15, 2014
Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina
Kick-off: 23.00 BST.
Argentina (Possible, 4-3-3): Romero; Zabaleta, Fernandez, Garay, Rojo; Gago, Mascherano, Di Maria; Messi, Higuain, Aguero.
Bosnia and Herzegovina (Possible, 4-4-2): Begovic; Mujdza, Spahic, Bicakcic, Kolasinac; Hajrovic, Besic, Pjanic, Misimovic; Lulic, Dzeko.
Referee : Joel Aguilar (El Salvador).
Betting: Argentina 4-9, Bosnia 6-1, Draw 10-3.
Argentina will hope that Lionel Messi can start with a bang and claim his first goal in the finals for eight years.Messi's last World Cup goal was on his debut in the competition in Germany in 2006 when Argentina beat Serbia and Montenegro 6-0 and he came off the bench to net the last goal.Bosnia, meanwhile, must make a couple of decisions.In the centre of defence either Ermin Bicakcic or Toni Sunjic will partner Emir Spahic.And in midfield, either Zvjezdan Misimovic or Sejad Salihovic will sit behind Manchester City's Edin Dzeko.
Lionel Messi gets the first chance to stake a claim that he is better than Cristiano Ronaldo as Argentina look to win the World Cup for the first time since 1986.Bosnia scored 30 goals in their qualifying group, taking top place on goal difference ahead of Greece.And in a group also including Nigeria and Iran, they will be confident of making the last 16, even if they lose in Rio.
Stat of the game:
Bosnia coach Safet Susic was once a forward who scored 21 goals in 54 internationals for the former Yugoslavia - including a hat-trick in a 4-2 friendly win over Argentina in Belgrade in 1979.
Nepalifootball.com prediction: Argentina 2 Bosnia 1.
Point to prove: Lionel Messi will want to hit the ground running when Argentina face Bosnia in Rio