Think you’ve seen it all at World Cup 2014?
Guess again, because the tournament that’s featured goals galore, shock eliminations, terrible punditry, worse officiating and more mastication from Liverpool’s serial biter Luis Suarez could be set to produce an ultra-rare eventuality that hasn’t happened since Italia ’90.
Backing the bets below in a double could mean a 67/1-plus payday, and would ensure lots are drawn to determine deadlocked Nigeria and Iran’s further involvement at the samba jamboree.
Argentina to beat Nigeria 1-0 @ 6/1
The widely expected avalanche of Argentina goals has not yet been seen.
Lionel Messi and co can count themselves somewhat fortunate to sit atop Group F with maximum points, having edged past Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1 and Iran by the single-strike scoreline that this bet requires.
Considering Nigeria are the only side that are yet to ship in Brazil, another win via the minimum requirement looks more probable than possible in Porto Alegre.
Argentina’s fabled strike-force have drawn blanks against Ecuador and Romania since qualifying for Brazil, so Stephen Keshi’s side restricting them to one seems far from fanciful.
Iran to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 @ 13/4
The West Asians have a surprisingly brilliant record against B and H since the former Yugoslav republic gained FIFA status in 1992.
Iran have never downed Bosnia-Herzegovina by a 1-0 scoreline, but they are unbeaten in five matches against them, winning four and drawing once.
Two of those victories came by a one-goal margin and occurred within the last decade and the sides’ recent records – particularly in Brazil – suggest this bet has a fine chance of landing.
Safet Susic’s men’s past four matches have been settled by a single goal either way, and their last Group F fixture finished 1-0 to Nigeria, while Carlos Queiroz’s surprise qualification contenders lost by the same scoreline to Argentina and played out a 0-0 draw with the Super Eagles.