Argentina vs Iceland – Match Preview

Argentina vs Iceland. Match Betting Preview, Saturday 16th June 2018. FIFA World Cup 2018, Group D, Spartak Stadium, Moscow. Live on BBC 1 – Kick-Off: 14:00 GMT.

Argentina vs Iceland
Saturday 16th June 2018
FIFA World Cup 2018, Group D, Spartak Stadium, Moscow

Live on BBC 1 – Kick-Off: 14:00 GMT

Argentina vs Iceland – Lionel Messi will be hoping to inspire Argentina to victory as they kick off their World Cup campaign against Iceland.

Messi, who single-handedly dragged Argentina through qualifying, will be looking to add the final trophy to his cabinet this summer. After losing the final in 2014 to Germany, the Argentine forward will hope to follow in Diego Maradona’s steps by leading his country to victory. Qualification was far from plane sailing for Argentina. It took a Messi-inspired performance against Ecuador to seal their place in this summer’s tournament. Despite boasting a forward line as good as any in the competition, with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala, they look far from fluid.

Without their forwards, this is a very ordinary Argentina side. It looks unbalanced, as Alejandro Sabella tries to fit in all his attacking stars. At the back and in midfield they lack the same quality as other leading nations such as France, Spain and Germany. They will also be without West Ham playmaker Manuel Lanzini after he suffered a long-term knee injury in training, which has ruled him out of the tournament.

After creating a huge impression at the European Championships two years ago, Iceland will be hoping to showcase their credentials once more. That shock victory over England has lived long in the memory and will be used as inspiration when they face Argentina. With Denmark and Peru making up the rest of Group D, it will be an interesting battle to see who can progress into the round of 16. I would make Denmark favourites, however, Iceland will relish the tag of ‘underdogs’. Everton midfielder Glyfi Sigurdsson will once again be their star man, despite missing the last two months through injury. Burnley’s Johann Gudmundsson will also be a threat after an impressive season with the Clarets.Iceland could well provide another shock here. It won’t be as cut and dry as many may expect. However, with Messi in their ranks, Argentina should have enough to kick off their World Cup campaign with a win.

Prediction: Argentina 3-1 Iceland

Prediction: Argentina 3-1 Iceland

Suggested Tips –  Argentina vs Iceland – (BET365):

  • Correct score, Argentina 3-1 – (link no longer available).

Suggested Tips –  Argentina vs Iceland – (SKYBET):

  • Messi to score a brace – 3/1.
  • Aguero and Di Maria to both score – 6/1.
  • Argentina to win and BTTS – 3/1.
  • Over 2.5 goals – 1/1.

Tips updated at 10:30 on 16th June.

Don’t forget – we will be previewing as many if not all the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group Stage games. Keep visiting Tips and Previews ahead of games to get our suggested tips and correct score picks for the games.

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