Argentina vs Iceland Betting Tip
Argentina vs Iceland | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is almost upon us, and the excitement is really starting to build for several of the high profile matches which are set to take place during the first round of fixtures. We’re heading to Group D for this piece as we analyze one of the most intriguing games currently scheduled for the tournament – Argentina vs Iceland. They’re both situated in a tough group will do well to make it through to the knockout stages, but when you analyze the evidence, there isn’t all that much separating them in terms of momentum.
The Argentines are always seen as one of the favourites to lift the World Cup trophy every four years, and they came painfully close in Brazil when they made it all the way to the final before falling at the feet of the Germans. Iceland, on the other hand, are just happy to be here following a two-year spell which has seen them become one of the most talked about nations in European football. This is a true David vs Goliath encounter, and unsurprisingly, the pressure is on Argentina to ensure that they can overcome the plucky underdogs.
To say Argentina had a turbulent qualifying period would be a dramatic understatement, and given that they were fortunate to even qualify, you’d think that they’d have no pressure on their shoulders at the World Cup – but you’d be wrong. With the likes of Messi, Higuain and Aguero leading the way up top, the expectations are still at an all-time high for them despite their poor defence. They’ve lost two of their last three friendlies since qualifying, and they weren’t subtle defeats with 6-1 and 4-2 losses against Spain and Nigeria respectively.
While it isn’t always great to have the “let’s just see how far we get” mentality, Iceland are the definition of an unfancied team in this tournament. The momentum of their win over England at Euro 2016 carried on through to the WC qualifiers, as they eased to the top of their group in some style. They seem to have a fairly balanced squad which could be one of their biggest attributes in what looks set to be a tricky group for them, although they aren’t on the best run of form with just one win in their last five including losses to Peru, Mexico & Czech Republic.
Argentina vs Iceland Head to Head
This can be seen as a good or bad thing for both sides, but funnily enough, Argentina and Iceland have never met in international competition – and that includes friendlies. Some may not be all too surprised by that, given that they’ve dined at different ends of the table for decades now. Iceland are only just starting to scratch the surface of what they can do on the international stage, whereas it almost feels like Argentina are clinging onto the past in a desperate attempt to stay relevant. The unknown is scary, especially in football, but this little stat will probably favour Iceland.
Odds and Predictions
The bookies are always going to favour the biggest and baddest team in any given World Cup match, and bet365 are no different with odds of 3/10 for Argentina to come away with the three points. A draw is considered to be the second likeliest outcome at 4/1, meanwhile, Iceland aren’t being given much of a chance at 9/1, which is a shame. The under 2.5 goals market is currently at 13/20, whereas they aren’t really expecting to see the over with odds of 6/5. Keep an eye out for additional markets in the coming weeks as the final squads and line-ups are confirmed as the tournament begins.
Argentina vs Iceland Top Betting Tip: Home
It’s stereotypical, it’s the easy choice, and it’s a little bit of a cop-out – but how can you not go with Argentina here? It feels like the kind of game where we’ll see Iceland frustrate them from the word go, only for someone like Lionel Messi to pop up and calm their nerves. We’re still predicting that it’ll be one of the most fun games of the group stage, but anyone hoping for an upset may well disappointed here. After all, everything that these two teams did in qualifying means nothing once they get on that plane to Russia.