Argentina vs. Iran Odds

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BRAZIL (The Spread) – Argentina looks to punch its ticket to the Round of 16 of the 2014 World Cup on Saturday when it takes on Iran at Noon ET.

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Argentina is coming off a 2-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in its first match while Iran played Nigeria to a scoreless draw. According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Argentina is the overwhelming favorite to win this match, as it has odds of -900 to win. Iran has been given a money line of +1800 to win this match, while the odds of a draw have been set at +900. The over/under total for the match has been set at 3 goals.

Argentina is now 38-20-13 all-time in World Cup play following its opening win. Argentina has posted 125 goals while allowing 81 in those 71 matches. In the win over Bosnia, Argentina was actually out-shot 16-11, but was the more aggressive team, racking up a total of 21 tackles. Argentina did benefit from a Bosnia own goal, but also had a beautiful score from star player Lionel Messi, who finished with three shots in the win.

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Iran has now played in 10 World Cup matches, posting a 1-6-3 record. The Iranians have scored just six goals in 10 matches, while allowing a total of 18. Iran didn’t have much offense to go on in the scoreless draw with Nigeria, as it was outshot 10-7 and only possessed the ball 37% of the game. The defense played well, picking up a total of 20 tackles, but the team will need more offensive output today. Forward Reza Ghoochannejhad led the team with four shots in the opener.

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