Group at a Glance: Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran, and Nigeria. There are several groups in the running for group of death, this is not one of them. Argentina currently sits at third in the world according to FIFA standings, with Bosnia-Herzegovina coming in at 19, Iran at 33, and Nigeria at 37. This group probably has the least amount of total talent of all the groups.
Favorites to Advance: If Argentina does not go through the group stage with nine points, they have failed. They should win the group easy and the battle is for second. Bosnia-Herzegovina is the initial favorite to be the second team out of the group, but their biggest competition might be Nigeria. Iran may be ranked higher than Nigeria in the current FIFA standings, but Nigeria is the better team.
Player(s) to Watch: It is very easy, and correct, to say the player to watch is Lionel Messi for Argentina. He is the best player in the world and it really isn’t all that close. When not watching in awe of Messi, the other guy to keep an eye on is Edin Dzeko from Bosnia-Hezegovina. Dzeko has teamed with Sergio Aguero at Manchester City to create arguably the best striking duo in the Premiership, and that comes from a United supporter.