World Cup: Preview of today's matches – day 10

World Cup: Preview of today's matches – day 10
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

World Cup 2014: If you enjoyed Lionel Messi’s superb strike against Bosnia-Hercegovina in Argentina’s opening game, then day 10 could be right up your street.

Messi and his team-mates face outsiders Iran, providing the Barcelona forward with the perfect opportunity to impress again on the biggest stage.

Here, Today at the World Cup tells you everything you need to know, from who is playing, who you can expect to win, which players to watch out for and how to ensure you do not miss any of the action.

Today’s matches: Who is playing – and who will win?

Argentina v Iran, Group F (17:00 BST): Mark Lawrenson: “We saw in their opening game against Nigeria that Iran are extremely well organised under Carlos Queiroz. That won’t be enough against Argentina, though.

“Argentina struggled to get going in the first half against Bosnia-Hercegovina but I would put that down to nerves.

“Messi was not having a good day at the office but, in the second half, he found a bit of a space and scored a wonder goal. Even when he is not playing well, he has the ability to do that, but Argentina need him to do it more often.”

Lawro’s prediction: Argentina 2-0 Iran

Germany v Ghana, Group G (20:00 BST)

“Ghana’s defeat by the United States means they have to win this – and an open game will suit Germany down to the ground.

“Germany’s tricky-looking game against Portugal turned into a walk in the park for them, and it is definitely a case of them and one other to qualify for the last 16 now.”

Lawro’s prediction: Germany 2-0 Ghana

Nigeria v Bosnia-Hercegovina, Group F(23:00 BST)

“Having picked Nigeria to get out of this group along with Argentina before the tournament, I now think Bosnia-Hercegovina will qualify.

“They were hard-working and dangerous against Argentina and had more about them going forward than Nigeria did against Iran.”

Lawro’s prediction: Nigeria 1-2 Bosnia-Hercegovina

Source: BBC.COM

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