2014 World Cup: Argentina's Defense Will Have Difficulty Containing Edin Dzeko

By Collin Ruby
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As I have mentioned before regarding Argentina and their questionable defense, their first test will be a challenging one. The Argentine defense will have to try and contain one of the best players in the world in Edin Dẑeko. The 28-year-old forward from Manchester City is a brute and can find the back of the net in any way possible. Dẑeko’s 35 goals in 62 international appearances are the most on the Bosnia and Herzegovina team, and Dẑeko will need to be ever so effective in an attempt to beat one of the World Cup favorites in Argentina.

Argentina’s defense has been known in the past to be quite shaky in international play. With an incredibly deep midfield and attacking personnel, there has to be a chink in the armor. There is a lack of experience on the defensive backline with the most-capped player being Pablo Zabaleta, an established right-back defender at Manchester City, as well as the first-team starter for La Albiceleste. Questions are still raised as to who will start beside him on the back line. I anticipate Frederico Fernandez, Jose Maria Basanta and Marcos Rojo to start beside Zabaleta.

Dẑeko is the crucial piece for Bosnia, and Herzegovina as a whole country will look to him to provide a glimpse of hope in achieving their first win in FIFA World Cup history. A war-torn country will be in high hopes, as Bosnia and Herzegovina will enter their third-ever match against Argentina. This game will provide plenty of scoring and one or two goals from Dẑeko, but I predict Argentina’s strong forwards will provide a late goal to win, 3-2 over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Collin Ruby is a Soccer Writer for RantSports.com, Follow him on Twitter @Collin_Ruby

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