Argentina kicks off their World Cup campaign when they face minnows Iceland in the Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow. We’re going to have a look at this match up and provide our Argentina v Iceland World Cup 2018 Betting Tips.
Argentina v Iceland World Cup 2018 Betting Odds
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Argentina have had a very quiet build up to the 2018 World Cup, as they’ve only played 3 friendlies this year! This year they’ve beat Haiti 4-0, lost 6-2 to Spain and beaten Italy 2-0. Some pretty average results but again they were mostly friendly games. We’re not completely sure why they only managed to fit in 3 friendlies as in all honesty it’s not really enough preparation. Anyway the Argentine squad is jam packed with talent that will likely not be around in the next World Cup so they’ll want to impress and open their campaign with a high scoring win. Their group is easy on paper but they do have some tricky fixtures against the likes of Nigeria and Croatia, sides that on their day can spill the apple cart. With that in mind it’s crucial for them to top the group and avoid facing France in the round of 16.
Iceland come into the World Cup by edging Croatia in the qualifying, a side that they find themselves up against in Group D. They’ll have their eye set on qualifying for the next round as they’re fairly evenly matched with the likes of Croatia and Nigeria. They’ll be up against it when they face Argentina though, as their preparations for the World Cup have been less than stellar. The Scandinavians failed to win any of their last 4 warm up matches against Ghana, Norway, Peru and Mexico. Sides that should be beating, especially with a World Cup around the corner.
Argentina v Iceland World Cup 2018 Betting Tips
This match will set the tone for the rest of the group as Argentina are the best side by some distance. If they can put in a strong performance they’ll strike fear into Croatia and Nigeria, forcing them to be more cautious when they face the South American side. Fail to beat Iceland and their group opposition will be out to take advantage of any weakness that they display. In the past Argentina have not been the most prolific goal scorers at tournaments but that has changed with a more attacking approach in recent years. The Argentines will come out guns blazing against Iceland and we could be in for a bit of goal fest, even if it is their opening match.
Argentina have scored first and in the first half in 3 of their last 4 matches and we like that trend to continue. While there is no value in backing them to score first at 3/10 we think there is value backing them to lead at half time and win the game at 19/20. We’re going to be backing Argentina HT/FT at 19/20.
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