World Cup Group B preview
Projected order of finish in Group B:
On the one hand, entrusting the world's greatest selection of attacking players --
The good news for Argentina is that the group is probably easy enough that it can afford an indifferent start. Unless one of the other three sides suddenly hits form, it's hard to envisage a circumstance in which Argentina doesn't scramble through. Nigeria will be physical in the first game (June 12), but is probably the weakest side in the group, and with a win by Argentina, it's easy to imagine it settling. If it can find rhythm and fluidity, a repeat of 1986 is not impossible. Nigeria's morale is always fragile, particularly so after a poor Cup of Nations and the subsequent dismissal of
Probably more important in terms of qualification is the game earlier that day between South Korea and Greece: Korea is probably the better -- certainly the more aesthetically-pleasing -- side, but Greece could dominate at set-piece plays. It seems likely that the winner of that game will progress with Argentina, but the order of fixtures probably favors Greece. Its organization and willingness to scrap should be enough to see off Nigeria (although it could be a fearfully scrappy 0-0) in the second match, leaving it to play an Argentina, who may already have qualified. If South Korea can win that first game, though, it knows it has the theoretically easiest last game, against a Nigeria who may already be out.