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World Cup 2014 - Group F predictions

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GMS academy member Graham Leydon has decided to profile how he thinks each and every one of the 48 group-stage clashes will unfold at a South American showpiece which is now under 24 hours away, continuing with Group F.

Arguably the group supporters are least excited for. However this shouldn't be viewed as simply just Argentina and the other three - It's Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina plus Nigeria and Iran.

Argentina have basically been given a tuneup group, with a perfect test against an underrated Bosnia team and three very winnable matches in general. Lionel Messi and Co. couldn't have asked for a better start to the World Cup. As a result of this Argentina will ease through with plenty to spare, with a 2-0 win against Bosnia and 4-0 wins against Nigeria and Iran. Messi and Sergio Aguero will score three each, Ezequiel Lavezzi will score two, Maxi Rodriguez will score one, with Gonzalo Higuain scoring one.

Bosnia have an impressive side which showed in qualifying but this will be a new feeling for them in their first major finals. Despite this, they will be a class above Nigeria and Iran, but just be short against Argentina. They will win 3-0 against Nigeria and Iran and lose 2-0 to Argentina. Edin Dzeko will score four, with Miralem Pjanic getting two.

Nigeria are yet another squad unable to capitalise on a good performance at the Olympics, developing a reputation for under-performing at the World Cup. This will show in this group with performances that don't impress anyone, and their match with Iran will be the only time they may show any ability. They will lose 3-0 to Bosnia and 4-0 to Argentina with a 3-1 victory over Iran. Emmanuel Emenike will score two and John Obi Mikel the other.

Iran, meanwhile, just don't have the talent required to compete at this level. They have never progressed out of the opening round at a World Cup and haven't medaled in the Asia Cup since 2004. This will show as they will lose 4-0 to Argentina, 3-0 to Bosnia and 3-1 to Nigeria.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh will score the lone Iran goal.

Predicted final group standings:

Team P W D L F A GD Pts

Argentina 3 3 0 0 11 0 +11 9

Bosnia 3 2 0 1 6 2 +4 6

Nigeria 3 1 0 2 3 8 -5 3

Iran 3 0 0 3 1 10 -9 0

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