Can Lionel Messi guide Argentina to World Cup success? The south Americans are 4/1 (BetVictor.com) to lift the trophy, but on Tuesday they must overcome a Switzerland team comprising enough belligerence and flair to pose a serious threat to their World Cup aspirations.
In six previous encounters Argentina have never lost to the Swiss and they kick off as Ladbrokes’ 1/2 favourites. Switzerland, Betway’s 7/1 outsiders, are 7/4 (Paddy Power) to win when handed a one goal start, but in Xherdan Shaqiri, they have a player capable of stretching Argentina’s defence and at 4/1 (Stan James) to score at any time, the Bayern Munich man is worth considering.
This promises to be an extremely tight duel and punters who concur can get 2/1 (Winner.com) against it finishing 0-0 at half time. William Hill offer 13/5 against the game’s first goal arriving after the 46th minute.
Argentina should win – with Messi in outstanding form (he’s 8/13 at Stan James to score at any time), they’re capable of victory even when not playing well, but the Swiss are unlikely to be overwhelmed by an avalanche of goals. Argentina are 11/10 (Skybet) to retain a clean sheet and 13/2 with bet365 to win 1-0.
Argentina to win 1-0 13/2 (bet365)