Nigeria vs Argentina Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
26th June – 19:00 GMT
Group D – St Petersburg Stadium, TV: BBC
Nigeria vs Argentina Predictions
It’s been an underwhelming start to the tournament for Argentina and they’ve taken just a point from their opening couple of games. This is a must-win game for the South American side and they will be looking towards Lionel Messi to dig them out of a hole once again. Nigeria were excellent against Iceland but they struggled in their opening fixture and may fall short here. Argentina’s defence is unstable but they have plenty in the final third and that should see them through. They are priced at 5/11 with 888sport.
Nigeria vs Argentina Preview
The Super Eagles were much improved in their second Group D game as they eased past Iceland. Ahmed Musa was the key to their success and his pace caused problems all afternoon. They enter this game with plenty of confidence and have put themselves in a decent position. After losing to Croatia, they looked odds-on for an early exit but they’ve managed to turn things around and could be competing in the knock-out round. They have a number of tricky players who can cause Argentina problems and they’ll be looking to utilise the experience of John Obi Mikel.
Argentina were woeful against Croatia and Willy Caballero’s error set the tone for the rest of the evening. They looked hapless at the back and also spurned all of the opportunities which came their way. Lionel Messi is yet to score at the tournament and there is plenty of pressure on the Barcelona man. He single-handedly ensured his side booked their place in Russia and he could potentially rescue the situation once more. Jorge Sampaoli is struggling to get a tune out of his talented squad and he is likely to make a number of changes once again.
Both Teams to Score Prediction
Nigeria’s games have been reasonably low scoring so far with a 2-0 victory against Iceland, as well as a defeat to Croatia by the same scoreline. They have goals in their side but are incredibly inconsistent. Argentina should find the back of the net here and after their embarrassment against Croatia, they will be looking to keep things simple at the back. Both Teams to Score? No is priced at 10/11 with 888sport.
Nigeria vs Argentina Correct Score Prediction
2-0 has been the theme of Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup so far and the Super Eagles may be on the wrong end of that scoreline once again. They may find a determined Argentina outfit far too good in the final third and Lionel Messi may get off the mark in this contest. 2-0 Argentina is likely to be extremely popular with punters and can be backed at 7/1 with Bet365.
Nigeria vs Argentina Odds
Group D Standings
Group D looks incredibly open and only Croatia have guaranteed their place in the next round. Nigeria sit second following their victory against Iceland. Argentina sit joint bottom with Iceland after both sides have acquired just a single point from their first two fixtures.
- Argentina have won four of the last six meetings between these sides
- Both teams have scored in each of the last four meetings between these sides. Both Teams to Score? Yes is priced at 17/20 with William Hill
- 2002 was the last time that Argentina failed to qualify for the knock-out round
- They’ve already conceded four goals in Russia, which is equal to their total at the 2014 World Cup
- Nigeria have only won one of their last seven games in all competitions
- They had 10 attempts on goal against Iceland
- Nigeria’s victory against Iceland was just their second tournament victory since 1998
Head to Head
Nigeria and Argentina have developed a habit of bumping into one another at the World Cup. They met four years ago in Brazil with the South American side running out 3-2 winners. It was a thrilling contest with two goals inside the first four minutes. They also bumped into one another at the 2002 and 2010 tournaments with Los Albiceleste winning 1-0 on both occasions. They’ve met eight times in total with Nigeria winning twice. They were 4-2 winners during their latest meeting, a friendly at the end of 2017.
Why Should I Bet On Nigeria Against Argentina?
Not many people would have predicted that this final match in Group D would have had so much riding on it. But Argentina’s pitiful campaign so far, combined with Nigeria’s resurgence against Iceland, ensures that every team in this group could still qualify for the round of 16 going into the decisive games.
Despite having endured a torrid qualifying campaign and entered the tournament with poor form, Argentina were still expected to win the group with ease. But a poor draw with Iceland and a horrific defeat to Croatia means Jorge Sampaoli’s side must beat Nigeria – and hope Iceland don’t beat the Croats, too.
Meanwhile, Nigeria – who were much improved in their win over Iceland – would be ensured of progression if they beat an Argentina side dreadfully low on morale. It should be an intriguing encounter but the value in this market is certainly with Nigeria to win at 6/1 with Bet365.
Ahmed Musa to score first
Nigeria’s second-game transformation was partly down to the inclusion of Ahmed Musa in the starting line-up. The Leicester City man turned into a world-beater against Iceland and scored both goals as the Super Eagles gave themselves a real chance of progressing.
The 25-year-old has scored seven goals in his last nine games for club and country and he must fancy his chances again against crisis-ridden Argentina. Musa is at a very tempting 9/1 to net first against Argentina with William Hill.
Argentina have been wholly inconsistent since booking their place at the finals. Their pre-tournament run included a friendly match against this week’s opponents Nigeria – and the result will give the Super Eagles cause for optimism. Nigeria ran out 4-2 winners in November, with Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi among the scorers.
A draw is probably going to be no good for either team on Tuesday so there are probably going to be more goals in Saint Petersburg.
Argentina’s defence was laughable in the 3-0 loss to Croatia, while Nigeria’s clean sheet against Iceland was their first in six. A 2-2 draw is at 20/1 with Bet365.
Jon Obi Mikel – Nigeria have plenty of flair players with the likes of Victor Moses and Alex Iwobi but it’s the experience of Obi Mikel which is likely to come in handy during this tournament. The holding midfielder has plenty of know-how and, playing a slightly more advanced role for Nigeria, he can have a big impact on games despite his advancing years.
Lionel Messi – It’s difficult to choose anybody else. Messi carries this team, so much so that the Argentinian FA have called on the rest of the players to pull their weight. The Barcelona man is solely responsible for his side’s participation in the competition and he’ll be hoping to add to the four goals that he netted at the 2014 tournament.
19:00 – St Petersburg Stadium