2018 World Cup Group D is arguably the toughest group of the competition and has been labelled by many fans as the ‘group of death’.
The first match to be played in this group is Argentina vs Iceland on the 16th June at the Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow.
With Nigeria and Croatia in Group D, it is important for both teams to get off to a good start. Argentina will see this as a game they want to win whereas Iceland would be happy to take a point, from their toughest match in the group. So what are Argentina vs Iceland betting tips? Read our preview and find out! Also, be sure to read about another game which takes place the same day, Peru vs Denmark.
1. Team News
|Statistics for last 10 matches ||Argentina / Iceland |
|Number of wins: ||4 / 4 |
|Number of draws: ||4 / 2 |
|Avarage scored goals per match: ||1.6 / 2.2 |
|Avarage conceded goals per match: ||1.4 / 1.5 |
|Failure to score matches: ||2 / 1 |
|Team form (last 5 matches): ||L W L D W / W L L L D |
Argentinian side will have to play without 3 injured players - Fernando Gago, Sergio Romero and Manuel Lanzini. Argentina fully depends on Messi and his disposition.
It seems like Iceland is going to have their full squad ready and fit for the fixture. Even Gylfi Sigurdsson who suffered a serious knee injury in the season seems to be all right now.
2. Argentina vs Iceland Predictions
Argentina reached the final of the 2014 World Cup only to lose out to a Mario Gotze extra-time winning goal for Germany.
This is likely to be the last chance for Lionel Messi to win the World Cup and its, for this reason, many neutrals will be hoping Argentina go on to lift the trophy but they must start with a game which has the potential to be tough.
Argentina struggled in World Cup qualifying and they required a stunning display of individual brilliance from Lionel Messi to win their final match and make it to Russia. Despite being heavy favourites to win this game at 1.39 with 1XBET, Argentina managed to score just 19 goals in 18 games during qualifying, with only Bolivia scoring fewer.
This will give Iceland some confidence they can take something from this match, although the bookmakers do not fancy their chances and have them out at 11.00 to win maximum points.
Iceland were superb in the 2016 European Championships and caused a massive upset when they knocked England out of the tournament at the Round of 16 stage. Qualifying for the World Cup was not easy but Iceland topped a very difficult group containing Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey.
The win may be out of reach for Iceland in this game but they certainly have the tools to make things difficult for Argentina and the draw is on offer at 4.50 with Bet365.
3. Argentina vs Iceland Odds
Argentina were not at their best during qualifying and if they raise their game, they should win this match and go far in the tournament.
However, despite having an array of world class attacking talent including Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala, Mauro Icardi and Angel di Maria, Argentina have not played well as a unit and struggled for goals.
Even if they win this game, the result could be narrow and a 1-0 Argentina victory is 4.80 with William Hill.
With this in mind, you can also get 2.75 for Argentina to win the match and under 2.5 goals, meaning even a 2-0 win for Argentina will result in a winning bet.
As highlighted above, Argentina have a wealth of options, especially in attack but the fitness of Lionel Messi is vital. If Argentina head to the 2018 World Cup without Messi, their chances of winning the tournament are seriously diminished.
Iceland will be relying on a solid team unit to get them through this game and hopefully the group stages. They will need to score goals however and Alfred Finnbogason and Gylfi Sigurdsson will be key in attack.
These were the Argentina vs Iceland predictions. You can clearly see here that Argentina is a favourite. On the other hand they struggled to even qualify for the World Cup, so this may be a match full of surprises. Don't forget to read our World Cup 2018 winner predictions as well.