Argentina’s debut at the FIFA World Cup 2018 comes on the 16th of June, with a mid-day match against Iceland, the biggest surprise of Euro 2016. On paper, it’s a game between last edition’s finalists, who surely want to win the entire competition this time around, and a team which feels lucky to be here – but is the winner that easy to predict?
Argentina Team News
ARG v ICL - Anytime Scorer: Higuain @ 20/21*
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Actually, we believe it’s a game where you can use some of the World Cup betting offers which you’ve already contracted since we have quite a few ideas to make some money. Argentina’s squad needs little to no introduction.
Messi is world famous, as are other Argentinian forwards, like Aguero, Higuain or Dybala. It’s obvious that the team has talent, cohesion, and the ability to create mesmerizing attacking plays.
Their issue is their defensive record, and sometimes, their lack of ideas – while they have a lot of players who can score goals, they don’t have lots of creators behind them. The team struggled for a while before returning to their winning ways and qualifying for the World Cup, but despite that lapse in form, we don’t expect them to have many issues in this group stage.
Iceland Team News
Group D - Iceland To Qualify @ 5/2
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Iceland, on the other hand, is here to celebrate. After some great displays of football to qualify for the World Cup, their recent form in friendlies has been awful: almost back-to-back defeats, with the exception of a draw against Ghana.
They’ll also face Croatia, a team which they faced in the qualifiers as well, which is a strong candidate for second place, so we would be very surprised to see the small Nordic team make it out of the group. But then again, we said the same thing during Euro 2018, didn’t we?
Argentina vs Iceland Betting Tips
When it comes to World Cup betting, however, we have some clear ideas. We believe that Iceland will lose the game, and be the first victim in Messi’s run towards a World Cup title which he needs so much. Argentina to win & Messi to score is our number one prediction, although we have a few secondary ones as well.
Argentina over 1,5 goals or even 2,5 goals is a good idea. Iceland over 2,5 yellow cards is another one – they will most likely get outclassed by the far more technically gifted adversaries, and resort to hard tackles to try and stop them. Last but not least, a “ both teams to score “ bet isn’t so far-fetched, if you want a riskier bet.
ARG v ICL - Argentina Over 2,5 Goals @ 7/4
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