Argentina is the big favorite in Group F

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 31, 2014 at 12:41 pm •  Published: May 31, 2014
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Barring a major upset at the World Cup, Argentina will finish at the top of Group F and let the other three teams compete for second place.

On paper, not much separates African champion Nigeria and Bosnia, while Iran appears to be the long shot to earn a place in the round of 16.

Here are five things to know about Group F:

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CLASSIC RIVALRY

This is Nigeria's fifth World Cup and the fourth time they have been put in the same group as Argentina.

The South Americans have won each encounter so far by a single goal, including a 1-0 victory in 2010.

Argentina also came out ahead when the two nations met in the 2008 Olympic final.

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ARGENTINA'S WEAKNESS?

Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero — Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has more attacking talent than he can fit into the lineup.

By comparison, the defense doesn't look quite as impressive.

Still, concerns about Argentina's vulnerability in the back shouldn't be exaggerated. The team conceded only 15 goals in 16 qualifying matches.