Nigeria vs Iceland – Predictions, Odds & Betting Tips

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 23rd June – 01:00 AEST – Group D
Volgograd Arena Stadium – Fox Sports TV

Nigeria 2.70 | Draw 3.00 | Iceland 2.75

Nigeria vs Iceland Predictions

Both Nigeria and Iceland would have earmarked this fixture as a winnable one and it promises to be one of the most tightly contested games so far. The Nigerians need a result and Iceland will be ready to counter at pace as soon as they get the ball. In the end, a draw looks the likely outcome with Betstar offering good odds of 3.00 for a stalemate.

Match Odds

Nigeria vs Iceland Score Prediction

Over/Under Prediction

Under 2.5 Goals is the likely outcome with both teams not yet ready to throw all caution to the wind in the pursuit of a place in the round of 16. Betfair are offering odds of 1.57 on two or fewer goals being scored.

Both Teams To Score Prediction

As the game goes on, proceedings will become stretched with the Icelanders bombing forward and leaving themselves exposed at the back. Both teams to score with Crownbet is 1.96 and that looks the best option.

Group Standings

Group D has a long way to go before anything is decided. Nigeria are the only team in real danger of missing out should they come unstuck against Iceland, which will effectively send them home. Only a spirited performance from Nigeria will do but they’re coming up against a team that epitomises the word.


  • Nigeria have lost each of their last six World Cup matches when conceding first
  • This is Nigeria’s sixth World Cup appearance since 1994
  • Iceland have conceded 12 goals in their last five games
  • Both teams to score in the second half is 3.75 with Bet365


In 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D 2nd matches, Iceland meet Nigeria with both teams looking to progress to the 2nd round with a victory. The outcome in this match is vitally important for both teams and it is crucial in determining which teams progress to knockout play from Group D, as all 4 teams (Argentina, Croatia, Nigeria and everyone’s second favourite team, Iceland) are all in recent good form.

Head-to-Head Record

The two teams have met only once before;

  • 1981 – Iceland 3 Nigeria 0

World Cup Qualifiers


While fans loved the Icelandic team that shocked the football world with a great run at Euro 2016 (drawing 1-1 with Portugal, wins over Austria and England, drawing with Hungary before finally falling to France 5-2), the Vikings proved it wasn’t a fluke by becoming the smallest nation in terms of population to qualify for a World Cup.


Iceland battled through a tough qualifying group including Turkey, Ukraine, fellow Group D aspirants Croatia, Finland and Kosovo to win the group and earn the automatic qualification place, sparking wild celebrations in Reykjavik.

Top Goal Scorers in Qualifiers

Gylfi Sigurosson

Alfreo Finnbogasson


Nigeria sliced their qualification through a tricky African qualification group, that among others included the long-time qualifiers from Africa in Cameroon.


In fact, the Nigerians saved their very best qualifying form for Cameroon defeating them in Lagos 4-0 and drawing 1-1 away.


A recent 4-2 victory over fellow Group D rivals Argentina shows great evidence to the quality of this Nigerian team.


Any side that has the experienced calm of Mikel John Obi threading quality through balls to a deadly finishing attack must be considered a legitimate threat.

Top Goal Scorers in Qualifiers

Victor Moses

Alex Iwobi


 Nigeria 2.70 | Draw 3.00 | Iceland 2.75


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