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The Coverage World Cup 2018 Match 7 Predictions / Analysis : Argentina vs Iceland ( June 16 – 9pm)

Argentina Info

Defeats in the 2014 World Cup final is behind them and Argentina are highly motivated to win World Cup this summer. They are staying as one of the the main pretenders to reach World Cup Finals and anything short of the final will be seen as a failure for this team. Here’s everything you need to know about the team:

Argentina like to play aggressive football and they will play attacking from the first round. They are eager to collect all three wins in group stage and all players are highly motivated and fully fit for this tournament. Germany knocked them out of the last three World Cups and they will like to play against Germany on this tournament. Argentina enter the World Cup under the most difficult circumstances and if want to do something big here then have to play much better.

FIFA Ranking: 5

Iceland Info

A first ever appearance at a FIFA World Cup for the smallest country ever at the World Cup. Iceland will play on World Cup 2018 for the first time in their history on the biggest of tournaments. Here’s everything you need to know about the team:

Iceland have played very well over the last several years and they are highly motivated for the World Cup 2018 in Russia. Last year’s run to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals was a big success, especially knocking out England on a memorable night for whole nation. Iceland was then stopped by hosts France in the quarterfinals, but the tournament was a major success nonetheless. They topped the UEFA qualification Group I ahead of Croatia, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland and Kosovo. So, we can definitely say they deserve to be in Russia and they are no team to underestimate.

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FIFA Ranking: 22

Argentina Stats

Stats are based on the last 10 games (including friendly matches)

Iceland Stats

Stats are based on the last 10 games (including friendly matches)

Argentina Iceland Match Preview

The World Cup in Russia might likely be the last opportunity for Lionel Messi to lead his national team to the silverware and delete the lone remaining criticism of his legacy. The Barcelona superstar was millimeters away from making it count four years ago in Brazil when Gonzalo Higuain’s inability to convert golden opportunities combined with Mario Gotze’s extra-time winner left La Albiceleste faithful in tears.

Argentina are not among the top-tier favorites this time around. They had an underwhelming qualifying campaign which saw three different managers guide them to some shocking results such as defeats to Ecuador, Paraguay and Bolivia and home draws to Venezuela and Peru.

La Albiceleste entered the final Matchday with a genuine chance of failing to qualify for the World Cup, but Messi once again appeared as the savior netting a hat-trick in the crucial victory away at Ecuador. Barcelona’s forward bagged seven goals in spite of the fact he only featured ten of eighteen qualifiers. Argentina’s dependence on him is best shown by the fact the team failed to win a single of these eight outings without the main star in the squad.

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Argentina will have no easy opponent in the likes of Iceland in their opening game of the tournament. The smallest nation to have qualified for the competition continued to live the fairy-tale after making it to the quarter-final of the EURO 2016 in France.

Iceland’s progress and appearance on the football began back in 2011 when Heimir Hallgrimsson and Lars Lagerback took charge. They wrote one of the most beautiful stories two years ago and they have full right to hope for the best this summer in Russia with the same group of players on disposal.

Argentina Iceland Predictions

The rock-solid defensive line led Iceland towards the top-spot finish in their respective qualifying group ahead of the likes of Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey. However, Hallgrimsson had huge issues with injured players over the last couple of months which caused the horrific streak in warm-up friendlies. The Nordic country lost three and drew one of last four internationals conceding as many as two goals in every single of these affairs.

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This will no doubts be the music to the ears of Lionel Messi & company who will be lethal up front if given the smallest amount of space to shine. Given Iceland’s opposition in last two friendlies involved the likes of Norway (2-3 loss) and Ghana (2-2 draw), we do have to fancy the 1.66 odds offered for Lionel Messi to score anytime in his tournament opener.

Interestingly, you can also back three or more goals in the match at the sky-high 2.05 odds which is a must-take pick knowing that Argentina’s defensive line is also anything but reliable.

Predict Score

Argentina 1 – Iceland 1

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