Diego Maradona prepares for another World Cup battle.
Argentina coach Diego Maradona is tipped to switch to a three-man attack to accommodate Carlos Tevez.
The Manchester City striker is likely to play alongside Gonzalo Higuain and Lionel Messi. Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez is set to start on the right side of midfield but may have to fill in at right-back when the Argentines are under pressure.
Nigeria will be without Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, who withdrew from the squad due to a knee problem. His place could go to Monaco youngster Lukman Haruna, who has impressed in warm-up games. (BBC Sport)
All eyes will be on Diego Maradona’s men as they take on a below par Nigeria side in their World Cup opener in Johannesburg. Argentina laboured to get to the finals after a qualification campaign that took some time to gather momentum but the former playing legend has seen his side put in good performances in recent months, most notably beating Germany in Munich in March.
Leo Messi and co should have too much for their west African opponents who have not been as strong under Lars Lagerbäck as they have been in previous tournaments and many expect Nigeria to struggle to qualify from the group stage but perhaps Kanu and his team mates are ready to spring a surprise?
Highlights of the two sides recent performances.
Argentina 5-0 Canada
Nigeria 3-1 North Korea