Place: Otkritie Arena. Moscow.
Date: on the 16th of June, 2018 (Saturday)
Match start: 14:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup, group stage, 1st round
The new campaign of Messi and the company for the trophy in the World championship in football will be held in Russia and Argentina will open this fight with the match against Iceland. Since 2006 Argentina is considered to be potential favorites of the tournament but the getting into the final and the final second place in 2014 became that maximum the national team could gain. For Lionel Messi and his teammates from the national team this World championship will become the final chance to win a trophy in his career as the age doesn’t spare anybody.
Jorge Sampaoli has managed to bring the team to the World Cup 2018 from the 3rd place in the South American qualification cycle. Argentina has powerful lineup: Messi, Otamendi, Mascherano, Dybala, Agüero and other stars. In test matches in March the head coach of the national team was actively checking the closest reserves of the team in order to determine finally the list of the football players for the W Cup.
Iceland looks pale against of its vis-a-vis but only in the context of achievements at the international football level. It will be a debut of this national team in the World Cups and Iceland is going to the tournament as strong and very organized team which has managed to reach a quarterfinal of the European championship 2016. Since then the squad of Icelanders hasn’t strongly changed and Heimir Hallgrímsson who was working at EURO together with the Swedish expert Lars Lagerbäck is still the head coach of the team.
Iceland has passed qualification for the World Cup 2018 rather confidently having won the first place in difficult group (Turkey, Ukraine, Croatia). In Russia we will see this team with the real fighters on the football field, such as: R. Sigurðsson, Ingason, Skúlason, Gunnarsson, G. Sigurðsson and Finnbogason.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Argentina vs Iceland
Bookmakers note that Argentina has the status of the favorite, estimating the chances of South Americans with the coefficient 1.38. 4.84 – on a draw and Iceland to win– 12.50. It is obvious that Argentina has some advantage if we speak about the experience and such prediction is quite natural.
Among the totals we have total over 2.5 -odds 2.35 and total under 2.5-odds 1.71. As we see, bookmakers expect from the World Cup 2018 in Russia pragmatic football with low goal average.
In this match Argentina will have big advantage if we speak about ball possession and situation on the football field. Perhaps, Iceland will manage to minimize the danger due to total defense. Though Iceland will hardly have many opportunities for scoring a goal to two-time World champions. The best choice will be the bet on the fact that we will see the scored goals only from one of the teams.
Our tips: both to score (No) – odds 1.48 Betfair
In general the goal average is expected to be very modest.