Argentina are good enough to win the World Cup if the pressure of playing at home means Brazil falter. In Lionel Messi they have the best player left in the tournament and they should have enough ability to beat Switzerland in the round of the last 16. Players in the Argentina squad would become iconic heroes if they could win the World Cup in Brazil and on current form they can do just that. Smart punters are taking the best odds for Argentina to win the World Cup. Switzerland were poor defensively in losing 5-2 to France in the group stage. However, even in that match they created plenty of chances and recovered well to confirm qualification for the second round by beating Honduras 3-0, thanks to a hat-trick from Xherdan Shaquir. Switzerland had an easy draw but they could do no more than pick up maximum points from two winnable matches. Based on FIFA world rankings and Asian odds there is little to choose between these sides. Argentina are 5th in the current standings just one place above Switzerland. Online sportsbooks like Pinnacle Sports make Argentina big favourites to progress to the next round. The sides have played each other in just two internationals with Argentina winning the latest fixture in 2012 and the previous match was drawn. The team ethic matters most for Switzerland but in Shaquir they have a proven match winner who is a member of the powerful Bayern Munich squad. As well as explosive talent he will be confident after Bayern’s dominant season and his three goals against Honduras. He didn’t play too many minutes in Germany so arrived at the World Cup fresher than many of the other players who play in the main European leagues. Switzerland have undoubted ability but maybe something of an inferiority complex when they play the stronger teams. In qualifying they relied on set pieces but five different players have scored for them in their group matches in this World Cup. They had a modest group in qualifying but romped through it convincingly. Despite posing an attacking threat beating Argentina looks beyond them. Scoring one more than the opposition is Argentina’s main strength. They don’t need a great deal of possession to create chances and are not totally dependent on Messi though he has been their best player in the World Cup to date. Messi is always involved but he knows his team-mate’s movements and can trust in their talents. Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero are also proven goalscorers at the highest level. The coach of Argentina has picked a group and stayed loyal to the players. He could get the ultimate reward by winning the World Cup the next part of that process being beating Switzerland and progressing to the round of the last eight. Those that bet on sports are keen for Argentina to win the World Cup.