All three games on match day 10 are absolutely vital in terms of progression to the knockout rounds of the World Cup and two sides will confirm their places in the last 16 with victories here. Germany look set to coast through from Group G and Argentina will join them with a win over Iran.
Meanwhile, the race is on to follow the Argentines from section F and the battle between Nigeria and Bosnia-Herzegovina is a crucial one.
- Lionel Messi to score at least two goals for Argentina against Iran at 2/1.
- Thomas Mueller to score at least two goals for Germany against Ghana at 11/2.
- Bosnia-Herzegovina to beat Nigeria at 19/20 with Winner Sports.
Predictions, explanation and detailed analysis:
Argentina v Iran
If you like your betting profits to be small ones then by all means stake some money on Argentina to win this tie at odds of 1/7 with Paddy Power. Lionel Messi inspired his team to victory over the Bosnians and while the 2-1 scoreline from that fixture may not sound convincing, the result was a perfectly comfortable one.
Alternatives in the result betting include the draw at 9/1 while an Iranian win is quoted at a mighty 30/1 with BetVictor. Argentina will surely win it but it’s hardly worth getting involved at 1/7 so a better option would be to back Messi to score at least twice at 2/1.
Germany v Ghana
This is another game that should go to the red hot favourites but it’s worth remembering that the Germans needed a wonder strike from Mesut Ozil to overcome the same opponents in South Africa four years ago.
That was a tight contest, settled by that single goal but the bookies are expecting a comfortable 90 minutes for Joachim Low’s men who are at 1/3 with Winner Sports to take the points. That figure will have been undoubtedly shortened after a German masterclass that ended in a 4-0 thumping of a strong Portuguese side in their tournament opener.
As for Ghana, they went down 2-1 to the United States in their opening match and really need at least a point here to stay in the competition. The Africans are priced at 11/1 for the win while a share of the points is on offer at 5/1 with Paddy Power.
Once again, the game could be tighter than the market indicates but Germany should edge it. Take that 1/3 win price if you want but after scoring a hat trick against Portugal, the prolific Thomas Mueller is a good option to find the net at least twice here at 11/2.
Nigeria v Bosnia-Herzegovina
This is the toughest game of the night from a betting point of view and it is effectively the match that will decide who follows Argentina into the next round. After narrowly losing to the Argentines in their opener, the Bosnians are favourites at 19/20 with Winner Sports while Nigeria, who made hard work of a 1-1 draw against Iran, are the outside punt at 7/2.
A draw would keep both teams in the hunt and that fact could lead to a nervous game. A share of the points is a definite option here at 11/4 with BetFred but we expect Bosnia’s greater quality to tell in the end.
Edin Dzeko is the key man from a Bosnian point of view and after a strong season at domestic level, the Manchester City striker looks a good bet to open the scoring at 4/1 with BetVictor.