Squad

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Agustin Orion (Boca Juniors).

Defenders: Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis (both Manchester City), Federico Fernandez (Napoli), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan), Jose Basantra (Monterrey)

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter Milan), Augusto Fernandez (Celta Vigo), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Maxi Rodriguez (Newell's Old Boys), Enzo Perez (Benfica).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris St-Germain).

Fixtures

15th June v Bosnia and Herzegovina (Rio de Janeiro)

21st June v Iran (Belo Horizonte)

25th June v Nigeria (Porto Alegre)

Strengths

With an attacking quartet of Messi, di Maria, Aguero and Higuain, Argentina arguably boast the best attack around. Javier Mascherano and Fernando Gago will act as a screen in front of the back four, protecting the defence and winning the ball from deep to launch a deadly counter.

Weaknesses

The goalkeeping position could be a weak link, with third choice Agustin Orion the only ‘keeper having played regularly this season. Argentina’s lack of heading ability could leave them vulnerable when defending set pieces.

Key Player

Lionel Messi. He has had a quieter season for Barcelona this year but he has thrived for his country since being named captain, scoring 18 goals in his last 17 caps.

Prediction

They should ease through top of their group and could easily make it all the way to the final, possibly meeting Brazil in Rio. A potential stumbling block could come from Germany in the quarter-finals.

Odds

9/2

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