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Argentina v Bosnia: Three ways to mess with the bookies

| 15.06.2014

Argentina and Lionel Messi begin their campaign against Edin Dzeko’s Bosnia and although the favourites deserve to be odds-on, quotes of 2/5 may be too short. Below we have pinpointed three alternatives to the traditional win-draw-win market to get a bit more bang for our buck.

Bosnia to score 1st – 25th minute or under @ 19/4

Argentina are clearly favourites, however, a look at their route to Brazil shows the can be vulnerable in the game’s early stages.

They conceded within the first 25 minutes in five of their last six World Cup qualifiers and although not all of those opened the scoring their opponents should be encouraged enough by the stats to form some attacks early.

First half to produce more goals @ 19/10

Following on from the above selection, Argentina have given the impression over the past year that they’re not going to make the action wait around at either end of the field and it might be worth a small investment on the first period of the game featuring more goals.

In Argentina’s last two World Cup qualifiers there were more goals in the first period and the bet would also have copped in Bosnia’s last outing.

Sergio Aguero to score anytime @ 21/20

A strike force consisting of Lionel Messi, Gonzolo Higuain and Sergio Aguero would be in the dreams of even the most ambitious foreign owner and at least two will need to fire if many people’s predictions on Argentina lifting the trophy are to materialise. Aguero rarely has a bad day for club or country with 21 goals in 51 appearances with five notched in qualifying. Considering Messi is odds-on, this looks the better value.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Sam Foster