Argentina vs Switzerland 07/01/2014 Free FIFA World Cup Soccer Pick and Preview
Switzerland vs Argentina
Tuesday 1st July 2014 17:00(GMT)
The Line: Argentina 1/3 Draw 7/2 Switzerland 6/1 See the Latest Odds
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A couple of things come to mind when I think of Argentina football Diego Armando Maradona is one and Lionel Messi is the other. Maradona wore 10, Messi is wearing 10, Maradona led Argentina to a World Cup triumph in 1986 as captain , Lionel Messi leads Argentina as captian ... well the rest is yet to be written but the little magician is in sumptious form and right now I wouldnt like to be betting against Argentina going all the way. Four goals in three games and the type of game winner he scored against Iran is what he has been producing for Barcelona for years. Argentina though also have the pieces around him to compliment his brilliance, just as Maradona did in 1986. With Higuain, Aguero, Di MAria, Lavezzi, Mascherano, Romero, Garay there are enough quality players through the squad for this to again be Argentina's year and it being in Brazil, there will be huge support here for Argentina.
Switzerland have qualified for the knockout stages under the guidance of the brilliant Ottmar Hitzfeld, this Swiss team does the simple things right and are very solid defensively at least they appeared to be until France ripped them apart in game two of the Group. That game apart the Swiss only conceded six goals in ten qualifying games and will again look to stifle Argentina with a wall of five in the middle. Key man for the Swiss is obvioudly Bayern Muncih playmaker Shaqiri. the youngster netted a hat trick in the last group game, a game they needed to win. Can Shaqiri get in behind the Argentina defence? Possibly but either wy we get to watch one of the best in the world strut his stuff tomorrow.
Its hard to find value in this market. Argentina are not a good value bet at this price but likewise Switzerland look too weak to contemplate the value bet there either. I think that this will be tighter than the every day football fan expects and while I do think Argentina will come out on top at the end I am going for a little value where i can find it. Take Draw Half time/ Argentina Full time at a big price. Switzerland look capable of frustrating Argentina for at least 60 minutes but in the end Messi and his class should be able to seperate the sides. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo