Nigeria vs Argentina – Predictions, Odds & Betting Tips
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Argentina came into the World Cup as a dark horse to win, and was certainly favourite to win Group D. Now, in the third game, Nigeria may be after some points to progress as well.
Nigeria vs Argentina Score Prediction
There will be goals in this one as both teams have conceded six goals between them in their two World Cup games so far. A 2-1 Nigerian win is a scoreline with plenty of value with Bet365 at 21.00.
It has been a World Cup to forget for Argentina so far. They were frustrated by the strong defence of Iceland and held to a 1-1 draw and then they were picked apart by the playmakers of Croatia to the tune of 3-0. The frailties in the Argentina defence and midfield have been exposed, which makes the team that boasts Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, and Angel Di Maria look very weak.
Nigeria, on the other hand, have brought their mounds of pace up front and ability to defend in force. For Nigeria to follow in the footsteps of Croatia and defeat Argentina, Ladbrokes is giving odds of 6.00.
Why Should I Bet on Nigeria vs Argentina?
This game is still only four days away but the tension for all football lovers across the world is palpable. Nigeria’s stunning win against Iceland has given the Super Eagles lift off at the World Cup and the advantage lies firmly with them now. Argentina’s problems on and off the field keep mounting and the feeling back home is this is a team in turmoil. Punters backing another Nigerian win can find them at greats odds of 7.00 with William Hill.
Nigeria vs Argentina Preview
Argentina currently look like a team devoid of a plan and results are reflecting that on the pitch. A 1-1 draw with Iceland and a three-goal hammering by Croatia have left the South Americans’ hopes of a place in the last 16 in tatters. Nigeria looked an inspired outfit all of a sudden and recent evidence suggests they will pile the misery on Argentina by beating them at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.
Both Teams To Score Prediction
Every team to have played Argentina in Group D so far has managed to find the back of the net. Given Argentina need something from this game, there’s very good chance one of their star players will score. Both teams to score is 1.83 with Ladbrokes.
History tells us that big teams in turmoil that struggle in the group stages go out of the competition even when presented with a chance to still go through. France in 2002, Italy in 2014 and it looks to be Argentina in 2018. Their goal difference of -3 also has them on the back foot and as it stands, Croatia and Nigeria look like the teams that will progress from Group D.
Nigerian goalkeeper Francis Uzoho is the second youngest goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in World Cup history after their fixture with Iceland
Ahmed Musa has scored all of Nigeria’s last three World Cup goals
Argentina have conceded ten goals in their last four games
Nigeria to score over 1.5 goals
Against Argentina, Croatia sat a solo defensive midfielder in front of the defence to allow the likes of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ante Rebic, Ivan Perisic, and Mario Mandzukic to push up the field and expose Argentina’s weak spots. While Nigeria’s midfield options are notably more defence-oriented with the likes of Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred N’Didi, and John Obi Mikel, all three of them can pick a pass which the speedster forwards can make the most of.
Alex Iwobi, Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses, and Ahmed Musa all boast lightning pace and the ability to finish, which could undo the Argentina defence on multiple occasions in this match. For Nigeria to score over 1.5 goals, Crownbet offers odds of 3.80.
Highest scoring half: Second half
Nigeria did well against Croatia to stop them from having an attempt on target in open play for over 90 minutes and could shut up shop in a similar way against Argentina. The Argentine attack has been noticeably frustrated when closed into limited space and they simply haven’t been able to click. Later in games, however, Messi tries to force his agenda and take shots that would be deemed speculative to most players whenever the opportunity presents itself.
As for the Argentina defence, they may start looking sharp, but the full-backs or wing-backs quickly mould into wingers while the defensive midfielders sit high up the pitch, leaving the uninspiring and easily frustrated centre-backs to their own devices. As Nigeria’s defence begins to tire, and Argentina’s defence begins to lose concentration, expect more goals to be scored. For the second half to be the highest scoring half, Bookmaker gives odds of 1.19.
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