Nigeria vs Iceland: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips

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22nd June 2018 – 11:00 ET
Group D – Volgograd Arena- TV: TSN


Nigeria 2.78 | Draw 3.02 | Iceland 2.71


Group D has been termed ‘The Group of Death’ by some pundits and although that may be an exaggeration, it does look a hugely competitive section. Iceland qualified in style and will be hoping to finish above both Croatia and Nigeria. They face the latter at the Volgograd Arena on June 22nd and will be expecting to pick up three points. The Super Eagles are tough to beat and qualified easily. They won’t make things easy for their opponents.

Nigeria vs Iceland Predictions

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Nigeria were unimpressive in their opener, although they regularly start slowly in major tournaments. They’ve been drawn in a tough-looking Group D and they cannot afford any more slips ups. They have plenty of quality in their side and they don’t tend to give much away.

Iceland were suitably well-organised against Argentina and they restricted the opportunities of their opponents. They will want to pick up three points in this tie and will view this as a winnable opportunity. Both sides are likely to frustrate one another throughout the 90 minutes and this could end in a stalemate. A draw is available at 3.14 with Pinnacle and should be backed.

Nigeria vs Iceland Preview

Iceland are off the mark and secured their first-ever point in this competition against Argentina. They were typically resolute and tough to break down, carrying on where they left off at Euro 2016. Heimir Hallgrimsson will have earmarked this tie as a chance to collect three points and they will be expected to win. Their goal may have been slightly fortuitous against Argentina, but they definitely carry a threat and will test the Nigerian defence.

Nigeria were impressive during qualifying but they couldn’t carry on their fine form against Croatia. They looked languid at times and many of their players have admitted that they must improve in this tie. Anything other than three points will make it incredibly tough to progress and this is a must-win tie for the Super Eagles.

Nigeria vs Iceland Correct Score Prediction

There have already been some memorable games at the 2018 World Cup but this is unlikely to be one of them. Both sides are defensively compact and Iceland, in particular, are difficult to penetrate. Nigeria don’t have many goals in their side but they look relatively secure at the back. A 0-0 draw could be the outcome here and can be backed at 6.92 with Sports Interaction.

Both Teams to Score Predictions

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It’s difficult to see both sides getting on the scoresheet here and Nigeria could struggle to find a way past Hannes Halldorsson. Both Teams to Score? No is available at 1.70 with Intertops and looks an excellent option in this game.

Nigeria vs Iceland Odds

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Group D Standings

Nigeria begin the day at the bottom of Group D and can’t afford any more slip-ups. They are a point behind their opponents and can overhaul them with a win in this tie. Argentina are also joint-second whilst Croatia are top of the table with three points.

Statistics

There were just four shots on target in Nigeria’s drab opening game with Croatia.

Since France ’98, Nigeria have won just a single game at the World Cup.

Ahmed Musa scored twice at the 2014 World Cup. He is 7.50 with 888sport to net the opener in this clash.

Iceland are making their debut at the World Cup and got off to the perfect start.

They won three of their last four qualifiers ahead of the tournament

Gylfi Sigurdsson is looking for his 20th International goal for Iceland.

Head to Head

These two sides have never previously faced one another.

World Cup Qualifiers

Iceland

Iceland edged out Croatia at the top of Group I, finishing two points clear at the summit. The pair meet again in Russia. Heimir Hallgrimsson led his side to seven wins from ten games and they also picked up a useful point in Ukraine. 

Top Goalscorers:

Gylfi Sigurdsson – 4 Goals – 200.00 with Sports Interaction to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup

Alfred Finnbogason – 3 Goals – 250.00 with Betway to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup

 

Nigeria

Nigeria qualified with ease. They finished five points clear at the summit of the CAF Qualifying Group B ahead of Zambia. They were only defeated once and were victorious on four occasions. Alex Iwobi’s goal against Zambia sealed their place at the tournament.

Top Goalscorers:

Victor Moses – 3 Goals – 500.00 with 888Sport to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup

 

Lineups

Iceland:

Goalkeepers – Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Runar Alex Runarsson, Frederik Schram.

Defenders – Kari Arnason, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Ari Freyr Skulason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Hordur Magnusson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson.

Midfielders – Johann Berg Gudmondsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Aron Gunnarsson, Rurik Gislason, Samuel Fridjonsson, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Emil Halfredsson, Arnor Ingvi Traustason.

Forwards – Alfred Finnbogason, Albert Gudmondsson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson.

 

Nigeria:

Goalkeepers – Francis Uzoho, Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

Defenders – Leon Balogun, Bryan Idowu, William Troost-Ekong, Abdullahi Shehu, Kenneth Omeruo, Elderson Echiejile, Tyronne Ebuehi, Chidozie Awaziem. 

Midfielders – Jon Obi-Mikel, Joh Ogu, Joel Obi, Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenyi Onazi, Oghenekaro Etebo.

Forwards – Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Odion Ighalo, Simeon Nwankwo.


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Group D

at 10.00 a.m Volgograd Stadium

Nigeria 2.78 | Draw 3.02 | Iceland 2.71


 


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