2014 World Cup finalists Argentina will be looking to go one better this time around but will have to be at their best to qualify from a tricky-looking draw in Group D. Iceland are their first opponents and after their heroics at Euro 2016 – where they famously beat England – few would bet against them rising to the occasion once again on the biggest stage of all.
FIFA World Cup – Group D – Argentina vs Iceland – Spartak Stadium, Moscow.
Saturday 16th June 2018
Kick-off: 14.00 GMT
Argentina – Best Odds – 3/10 (Ladbrokes)
Iceland – Best Odds – 10/1 (Bet Bright)
Draw – Best Odds – 18/5 (Betfred)
Having reached the final in 2014, the expectation to deliver once again sits with Argentina who have a squad littered with exceptional talent.
The 3 other teams in group D all pose threats but with their wealth of attacking options, Argentina should qualify with relative ease here.
Arguably one of the greatest players to have ever played the game, Lionel Messi is the main man for Argentina and he will want a goal to get his World Cup going – 64 international goals scored.
This is the first time Iceland have qualified for the World Cup – a remarkable achievement for a country with a population over just over 300,000 people.
Group D looks very tough for them but their experienced side ply their trade all over Europe and shouldn’t be too fazed by the potential challenges ahead.
Gylfi Sigurdsson is the talisman for Iceland and the Everton man will be looking to add to his international tally of 19 goals.
Head to Head
This is the first ever meeting between the sides and it should be a real David vs Goliath style-tie.
Odds and Predictions
Iceland will look to contain Argentina for as long as possible in what could be an attritional battle.
Both teams to score – NO – looks a fantastic bet at 2/5 with Betway.
Lionel Messi is arguably the best player in the world and how he would like to get his tournament up and running straight away.
Lionel Messi to score anytime is a very good punt at 4/5 with Bet Victor.
This could be a very cagey affair that could be decided by the odd goal or moment of brilliance.
Under 2.5 goals in the game looks a real possibility at 8/11 with Coral.
Iceland will make life very difficult for Argentina but with their squad depth they should have no issues here.
Argentina to win the match is an excellent bet at 3/10 with Ladbrokes.
Argentina 2 – 0 Iceland – 22/5 with 888 Sport.
Top Betting Tip
Argentina are one of the favourites to lift the trophy and will need to get going here against a resolute Iceland side that may not be able to cope with Messi and co.
Argentina to win the match to nil is the value punt at 8/11 with Betfred.