Argentina will be without Champions League final hero Lionel Messi as they head to the Abuja National Stadium tomorrow.
The formidable attacker, along with some other senior figures in the Argentina set-up, will be given a rest as manager Sergio Batista uses the match against Nigeria to cast an eye over the future of the international team.
Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta is likely to feature and his experience could prove to be a valuable asset as la Albiceleste attempt to silence the home crowd.
Despite being away from home and shorn of some leading stars, Argentina are seen as clear favourites for the tie, with bwin pricing the away win at 19/20.
As such, football betting enthusiasts could be tempted to give Nigeria a head start.
With bwin’s handicap betting, the odds on an Argentina win extend to 5/2 when the hosts are given a one-goal lead.
Betting on the men in blue and white to win to nil will also improve punters’ returns, as the odds then move to 23/10.
Argentina have proven an attacking force to be reckoned with under Batista, having put four goals past Paraguay and Venezuela in recent history.
This could see a number of betting fans tempted to place a wager on the away side notching four efforts again in the Nigerian capital.
A 4-0 win for Argentina is priced at 35/1, as is a 4-1 victory, while longer odds of 50/1 are available on a 4-2 win for the visitors.
While Argentina have granted some of their big-name players a rest, Nigeria are expected to field a strong side for this international friendly.
Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel, West Ham’s Victor Obinna, Everton’s Victor Anichebe and team captain Joseph Yobo are all set to feature at some point.
As such, some punters could be swayed to bet on something other than an Argentina win.
The Super Eagles are priced at 53/20 to delight the home crowd with a win and the draw is available at odds of 12/5.
Nigeria have failed to score in their last two attempts against tomorrow’s opponents, but have been more prolific in their most recent matches.
Therefore, a number of people could see the 7/10 odds on both teams scoring during the 90 minutes as a licence to print money.
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