La Albiceleste have a frightening forward line and should go deep in Brazil
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Argentina look ready to win a third World Cup, with Alejandro Sabella taking charge of a team who are packed with quality players including Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.
La Albiceleste can lay claim to being the best team in South America after finishing top of their qualifying section, even if hosts Brazil didn’t have to go through this process, with Argentina having also been handed a favourable group which should see them reach the last sixteen at a canter.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nigeria and Iran should pose few problems for the tournament second favourites who have an elegance of riches in attack, irrespective of whether Aguero will be completely fit following a spate of injuries for Manchester City this term.
Lionel Messi might not have had a vintage season for Barcelona although he has still scored a bucket load of goals and has a goal-every-two-games ratio for Argentina, while Higuain is even more dangerous for his country.
Javi Mascherano and Angel Di Maria can make things tick in the midfield department, while Maxi Rodriguez and Fernando Gago also add experience, with the defence boasting Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City.
Paddy Power offer 5/1 about an Argentine side who are likely to play the runners-up in Group E come the last sixteen and that would mean a potential match against Switzerland or Ecuador, hardly a fearsome prospect.
Brazil are the 3/1 favourites and will carry the nation’s hopes on their shoulders, with the Selecao looking likely to win all three Group A games although things could get tougher in the last sixteen with a potential match against Spain, the Netherlands or Chile.
Luis Felipe Scolari has made some controversial omissions from his 23-man squad although the Chelsea quartet of David Luiz, Ramires, Oscar and Willian have all been included.
Germany are super-strong in the midfield department where Mario Gotze, Marco Reus and Mesut Ozil should make plenty happen, although Joachim Low is short of a brilliant striker to finish off attacking moves, while the defence doesn’t seem reliable.
The same accusation can be levelled against Spain, although La Roja have a great chance of making headway in this competition if they can win Group B and avoid Brazil at the last sixteen stage.
Diego Costa should score a few goals after making the decision to represent the Spanish rather than his native Brazil, with the Atletico Madrid forward having bagged for fun this term and looks set to be joining Chelsea in the summer.
If we’re considering a long shot, then why not France at odds of 25/1, with Didier Deschamps possessing a talented squad of players who have a comfortable section and should play the runner-up in Group F.
Paul Pogba could be one of the players of the tournament, with Franck Ribery set to pull the strings and Karim Benzema has enjoyed a successful season for Real Madrid.