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World Cup Preview Group F: Argentina fronts Iran, Nigeria, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Jun 10, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring their third goal against Paraguay in a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Cordoba Reuters

It’s safe to say most people would predict the order of finish for this group the same way, as Group F does not really tempt a prognosticator to get daring in their predictions. Still, will Lionel Messi go “next level” on his home continent?

Let’s take another look at Group F (click on country name for full preview)

Argentina: The biggest question is whether they’ll capitalize on their immense talent instead of underperforming. Loaded with talent, Argentina should emerge from the group relatively unscathed.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Can a nation be considered a dark horse when it is nearly everyone’s dark horse (along with Belgium)? Edin Dzeko and company will look to surprise the entire group and avoid

Iran: An absolutely massive challenge awaits the Persian Stars, whose only World Cup win was their 2-1 defeat of the United States in 1998. This is their fourth World Cup.

Nigeria: The Super Eagles are tasked with taking their brand of football to the opposition, and not being forced into playing a style that can get them beaten.

Who’s going through: Argentina and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Who’s going home: Nigeria and Iran. The Super Eagles would be a significant upset were they to climb ahead of either BNH or Argentina, while a Top Two place for Iran would be among the biggest moments in World Cup history.

Marquee match: Nigeria vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina, June 25 at 1pm ET. BNH will be coming off a huge tilt with favorites Argentina, while Nigeria will be relieved or stressed depending on their point status after the Iran match.

Top players to watch:

5. Asmir Begovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina

4. Ashkan Dejagah, Iran

3. Miralem Pjanic, Bosnia and Herzegovina

2. Angel Di Maria, Argentina

1. Lionel Messi, Argentina

  1. tikitakafutball - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Reblogged this on Tikitaka Futball's Blog.

  2. mikeevergreen - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    I’m thinking that Iran isn’t all that bad (especially with an American-born right-back), and any team that leaks a hat-trick to Jozy Altidore in front of their home fans (Bosnia) couldn’t be a lock to the second round.

    • bhf2 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      mikeevergreen, You need to take into account that Jozy scored his goals against the reserve defense who will not see time in the World Cup. You can not put too much stock into a friendly game as the intensity of a World Cup match is way different.

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