FIFA World Cup
(22 Jun 2018)
Nigeria – Iceland
Nigeria takes on Iceland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with Group D looking very open after the first round of matches.
Nigeria: Nigeria was very disappointing in their opening game defeat to Croatia. They were never really on the front foot and found it difficult to create quality chances. Three points is a must if the ‘Super Eagles’ are to have any chance of progressing further, especially with Argentina awaiting them in the final round of Group D games.
Iceland: Iceland was very impressive against Argentina in their first ever World Cup match, ensuring their first ever World Cup point with a 1-1 draw. Regardless of that result, this game is also a must-win for Iceland. Should they lose or draw this one they will head into the last round of matches against superb Croatia.
Conclusion: Nigeria had a poor start in the group stage while Iceland, as they did at EURO 2016, impressed again, so it is very interesting that the bookmakers have this game as tight as they do. Furthermore, Nigeria has conceded at least one goal in six straight matches. On the other side, Iceland qualified on the back of six clean sheets in ten matches but leading up to the finals conceded two goals or more in four straight matches. Considering stats, current form and team spirit, we give a better chance to Iceland here.
Iceland +0.25 (AH)