Match: Argentina vs Iceland
Competition: FIFA World Cup 2018 – Group D
Time / Date: 18:00h / 16 June 2018
Venue: Otkrytiye Arena
Argentina with somehow cloudy ambitions will play the first game against minnows Iceland, who surprised everyone two years ago at the Euro Cup in 2016.
Argentina vs Iceland Match Preview
Argentina ended third in the CONMEBOL qualifying, but had to pause until the last round of qualifying matches to establish their place in these finals. The team have continued to look a bit unstable in the friendlies heading up to the WC, falling 4-2 against Nigeria and 6-1 facing Spain either side of a 2-0 win against Italy.
Iceland has shocked the whole of Europe two years ago, making it to the international tournament for the first time, and this continued to quarterfinals, defeating England on its way. But they did not stop again when they qualified for the World Cup in Russia this year after being in a group with Turkey, Ukraine and Croatia. For sailing, after reaching the ultimate goal to reach this WC, in friendly matches they perform below their level, they drew 2-2 with Ghana in their final World Cup warm-up friendly and have lost three of their last four games where they’ve conceded 11 goals in their last four matches.
Argentina vs Iceland Head to head (H2H)
It will be the first time in history that Argentina have faced Iceland.
Argentina vs Iceland Team News
All expectations are on Messi, and this may be his last World Cup. Argentina is expected to rely on an offensive approach with players like Messi, Aguero and the rest.
Caballero , Fazio, Otamendi, Mercado, Tagliafico , Biglia, Mascherano , Salvio, Messi, Di Maria , Aguero.
On another side, we can expect a very defensive approach from Iceland with five midfielders, which will try to stop Argentina and go to counter-attack with counting on the weak side of Argentina – Caballero who doesn’t have too many matches behind him in last season.
Halldorsson , Ragnar Sigurdsson, Arnason, Magnusson, Saevarsson , Hallfredsson, Gunnarsson, Bjarnason, Gudmundsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson , Bodvarsson.
Argentina vs Iceland Stats and Streaks
- Iceland have won 5 of their last 6 matches (FIFA World Cup).
- Iceland have conceded at least three goals in three of their last four matches.
- Four of Argentina’s last six games have seen at least three goals, with them averaging 2.16 goals per game during this period.
Argentina vs Iceland Betting Predictions & Tips
The rock solid defensive line of Iceland has gone and here they meet one of the best attacking side – Argentina. This should be a win for Argentina with good margin and win for them looking good choice plus Over 2.5 Match Goals.