Argentina v Iceland Prediction & Betting Tips – World Cup 201814th June 2018 / lee
Argentina v Iceland World Cup 2018, 16th June – 2.00 p.m
(Full time: 1:1 – goals: (Full time: 1:1 – goals: Agüero 19′ – Finnbogason 23′)
It is Argentina who are going as strong favourites to win this opening fixture in Group D at Russia 2018. Punters will be looking at Iceland, after their Euro 2016 heroics and wondering what they will be able to produce in their first ever World Cup appearance. Iceland have come a long way over the last couple of years on team spirit and self-belief, but will it be enough to stop the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero? Find out our thoughts with our Argentina v Iceland betting tips.
Argentina v Iceland Betting Odds*
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.)
Argentina v Iceland Betting Tips
Punters will probably be able to better gauge just where Argentina are at after this game. During qualification campaign, they managed just 19 goals in 18 games and only got over the finish line in the final round of qualification matches. It was not overly impressive from them at the end of the day. But they were just about in the same shape as this at the 2014 World Cup and it still managed to make it all the way through to the final. Argentina are in Group D which also contains Croatia and Nigeria and so they are not going to get an easy game. So it will be important for the Albiceleste to get off to a confident, positive start by collecting a win in this one. However, they may have to show some patience to get it. An Argentina 1-0 correct score option at bet365 is at 4/1 odds* (betting odds taken on June 11, 2018, at 7:20 p.m.).
It is actually hard imagining Argentina are doing anything by a large margin which is surprising given how much attacking talent that they do have at their disposal. A more cautious conservative mindset is their general approach and as long as they can get Lionel Messi into the game here and ther,e you would imagine that the reliance on individual brilliance will pay off. Lionel Messi is the 11/5 odds first goalscorer favourite* (betting odds taken on June 11, 2018, at 7:20 p.m.) at bet365 and is one of our top Argentina v Iceland betting tips. Argentina’s record since the start of September last year reads W4 D3 L2 and those two losses have happened in their last four games. One of those interestingly was a 4-2 lost against Nigeria who they will be going on to meet in this group. A positive though is that Argentina have scored at least two goals in three of their last four games and are currently on a six-match scoring streak.
So can Iceland produce something to get the Albiceleste rattled? It has been a stunning couple of years for Iceland who will be making their World Cup debut year. They fought their way through to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 against all the odds and then they went on top of their qualification group to reach Russia 2018 edging out Croatia. However since completing their World Cup qualification campaign things have gone downhill a bit for Iceland. Iceland have produced only a W1 D2 L4 record in their last seven games. So what has gone wrong for them?
It is clearly their defence which has been shipping goals left right and centre. Iceland have conceded a least two goals in each of their last four games, and they conceded exactly 3 in three of those fixtures. So it is not happening for them at the back but on the other side of the coin they have scored in all but one of their last nine games and you are looking at 6/4 odds at bet365* (betting odds taken on June 11, 2018 at 7:20 p.m.) on both teams to score option. Each of Iceland’s last five games and three of Argentina’s last four games have all made it over 2.5 goals which may be a decent longer-priced option to have a look at for this Group D fixture.
Argentina v Iceland Head to Head
This game will be the first meeting between Argentina and Iceland.
Who will win – Argentina v Iceland Predictions
Iceland have had their successes but this game is coming up for them on the back of some less than ideal form. Argentina may take some time to settle down and figure out this tricky opponent, but they have the individual’s to get the win under their belt. Our betting tip is to back Argentina to win to nil.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!
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