Brazil 2014 Betting – Argentina vs Bosnia-Herzegovina, Group F

Argentina is on an easy group and they know it, but perhaps their most complicated match of the group stage is the first one against Bosnia-Herzegovina, this Sunday at 6 PM ET at the Maracana Stadium, in Rio de Janeiro.

Lio_MessiArgentina is on an easy group and they know it, but perhaps their most complicated match of the group stage is the first one against Bosnia-Herzegovina, this Sunday at 6 PM ET at the Maracana Stadium, in Rio de Janeiro.

Argentina usually passes the group stage without many problems, and this time it shouldn’t be any difference. However, they are worried about Lionel Messi, who didn’t score a single game at South Africa 2010, and has vomited a lot this season before, or even in games.

“Nerves. I reckon that in these moments there is anxiety more than anything,” Argentina’s coach Alejandro Sabella said before the team departed for Brazil, where they open their World Cup campaign against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday. “It’s difficult to remain calm.”

“I don’t know what it is. But I had a thousand exams,” Messi added to the Argentinian broadcaster TyC Sports earlier this year. “I start to feel nauseous to the point where I almost vomit, and then it goes away.”

Bosnia-Herzegovina is the only team making their debut in the tournament; the rest of the 31 have been to the World Cup before.  The Europeans looked sharp in the preparation games beating Mexico and Ivory Coast.

“The country is torn apart by political and economic problems,” Bosnia-Herzegovina coach Safet Susic said. It is logical that reflects on our football, but playing in Brazil would help in both directions. This team brings people together.

The odds-makers have Argentina as the favorites in the money line listed -220, and Bosnia-Herzegovina is +850; the draw was rated at +375.

Frank Lorenzo

MTS co-founder Frank “Let It Ride” Lorenzo has been betting on sports since he was legally allowed to do so. (Did he do so before then, too? No comment.) He enjoys very strong coffee, neon lights, and passing on his wealth of betting knowledge to anyone who will listen.