Argentina v Bosnia and Herzegovina preview - City strikers set to start

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Manchester City strikers Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko are likely to face each other when Argentina face Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Maracana on Sunday.

To be played on Sunday 15th June 2014 at 23:00. Venue: Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro.

Odds: Argentina 4/11, Draw 18/5, Bosnia and Herzegovina 8/1

Preview & injury news

Argentina will hope that Lionel Messi can start with a bang and claim his first goal in the finals for eight years.

Messi’s last World Cup goal was on his debut in the competition in Germany in 2006 when Argentina beat Serbia and Montenegro 6-0 - he came off the bench to net the last goal.

For Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the centre of defence either Ermin Bicakcic or Toni Sunjic will partner Emir Spahic. In midfield, either Zvjezdan Misimovic or Sejad Salihovic will sit behind Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko.

Key stats

1) Bosnia have never scored against Argentina.

2) Of Bosnia’s last 18 matches, they have won 14, only losing three times and drawing once.

3) Argentina have only lost once in their last 15 games.

Five players to watch

Lionel Messi - Many believe that if Messi is to be regarded as one of the world's greatest players, then he needs to perform in a World Cup, something he hasn't done yet. This is a great opportunity for him.

Edin Dzeko - The City striker is Bosnia's main man and if they are to upset the odds in this one, he will need to shine.

Sergio Aguero - Argentina have a wealth of striking talent, and Aguero is someone who can score goals from anywhere. If he clicks with Messi, then defenders will have nightmares.

Asmir Begovic - The Stoke City goalkeeper is likely to be tested in Rio by Argentina's attack, and he will need to be on his top form to keep them out.

Javier Mascherano - Many believe that Argentina's weakness is in their defence, and the Barcelona holding midfielder needs to protect them to ensure they don't get exposed.

Last time they met

Argentina 2 Bosnia 0, International Friendly - November 2013

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