Argentina v Iceland - World Cup Match Preview


World Cup 2018


Argentina vs Iceland – Group D

Argentina left it very late to qualify for this tournament, something that surprised many people based on their talented squad. However, that no longer matters, and they begin here with a clean slate and a group they can win. Their first game comes against Iceland, the surprise package of Euro 2016, but a team who look sure to face more scrutiny in this tournament.

At the Euros, Iceland played a very simple and solid game, frustrating their opponents with their strong defensive play and pinching goals of their own. That was enough to take them far, but much more is needed here. Perhaps most importantly of all, teams will now know Iceland and respect them more than in the past, and I’m sure Argentina will certainly have done that.

It seems pretty clear that Argentina will have a lot of the ball in this game, and can dictate things. Assuming that does happen, I just cannot see Iceland being able to keep Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero quiet for the full 90 minutes.

I’m sure Iceland will try to be defensively strong here, but I fancy Argentina to break through and beat them comfortably. They also look fairly strong defensively, so I’ll be backing Argentina to win to nil here, and get their World Cup off to the best possible start. This should be a relatively simple opening for the fancied South Americans.

Tip - Argentina to win to nil - evens (betvictor)

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