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Argentina’s modern-day Maradona boosted to fill boots v Iran

| 21.06.2014

Argentina’s jinkster extraordinaire, AKA Lionel Messi, lifted a considerable weight off his slender shoulders by firing his nation’s winner during their Group F opener against Bosnia.

Now, ahead of Messi and Argentina’s next assignment against Group F minnows Iran, Ladbrokes are offering customers enhanced odds if the number 10 scores 2+ goals.

Grabbing at least a brace against the Iranians was 7/4, but the firm have hiked the price up to 7/2.

Scoring two goals in a single game may seem like a tough ask for your average front man, but it’s more akin to child’s play for the four-time Ballon d’or winner.

The Barcelona-based goal machine – who supposedly had a quiet-ish season – scored multiple times on nine separate occasions during the 2013/14 campaign.

While most strikers would be delighted with scoring a single hat-trick over a season, or in some cases a career, Messi managed just the four in Catalan colours this term en route to 37 goals all told for club and country.

A goal in his last two Argentina appearances bodes very well, especially as his strike against Bosnia came about after a trademark mazy run which shows his confidence levels are right up.

Argentina, who are many people’s fancy for glory at 7/2, are as skinny as 1/8 to inflict defeat on Iran.

So if the traffic is all going to be of the one-way variety, expect master Messi to be driving Argentina’s bus.

Ladbrokes are certainly expecting a flurry of La Albiceleste goals as the South Americans are odds on at 3/4 to register over 2.5 as a team.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.