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Argentina VS Iceland MATCH PREDICTION

16.06.2018 15:00, World Cup
Argentina
1:1 Loss
Iceland
Total over 2.5 Odds 1.8

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PRE-MATCH ANALYSIS

The opening match of Group D at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium will see opposites collide as FIFA World Cup veterans meet one of the tournament’s latest debutants. Two-time world champions and 2014 runners-up Argentina are preparing to take part in their 17th finals, while Iceland – the smallest of all 32 nations by population with just under 335,000 inhabitants – are making their first World Cup appearance in Russia.

Despite their vast experience and an attacking line-up led by Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero, La Albiceleste struggled in qualifying. Jorge Sampaoli’s side only secured their ticket to Europe thanks to a hat-trick from Messi in their last qualifier against Ecuador. An overall team’s record contained seven wins and draws and four losses, 19 goals for and 16 goals against. Argentina had some controversial results in the friendlies such as huge defeats to Spain 6:1 and Nigeria 2:4.

After reaching the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2016, Iceland celebrated another major success by reaching their first World Cup. Heimir Hallgrimsson’s men swept aside teams including Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey on the road to Russia. Their campaign was all the more remarkable for its efficiency, with Iceland needing just 16 goals to qualify – fewer than any other group winner. The Vikings had a poor performance in the friendlies: last Spring they lost three games in a row, the whole campaign ended with a draw with Ghana 2:2.
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Possible line-ups
Argentina: Wilfredo Caballero; Eduardo Salvio, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico; Javier Mascherano, Lucas Biglia; Maximiliano Meza, Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria; Sergio Aguero

Iceland: Hannes Halldorsson; Hordur Magnusson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Kari Arnason, Birkir Saevarsson; Emil Hallfredsson, Aron Gunnarsson; Birkir Bjarnason, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Johann Gudmundsson; Jon Bodvarsson

After the World Cup’s qualification Iceland demonstrates a bad performance in defense with a constant over 2,5 in total. We believe this is a chance for Argentina’s attacking force. We predict over 2,5 in total with a good coefficient of 1.80.

Performance :

  • Argentina recent matches Win:4 Lost:2 Draw:1
    • Argentina - Haiti 4 : 0
    • Spain - Argentina 6 : 1
    • Argentina - Italy 2 : 0
    • Nigeria - Argentina 4 : 2
    • Russia - Argentina 0 : 1
    • Ecuador - Argentina 1 : 3
    • Argentina - Peru 0 : 0
  • Iceland recent matches Win:2 Lost:3 Draw:2
    • Iceland - Ghana 2 : 2
    • Iceland - Norway 2 : 3
    • Iceland - Peru 1 : 3
    • Mexico - Iceland 3 : 0
    • Indonesia - Iceland 1 : 4
    • Indonesia - Iceland 0 : 6
    • Qatar - Iceland 1 : 1

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