Place: Russia. Saint Petersburg Stadium. Saint Petersburg.
Date: on the 26th of June, 2018 (Tuesday)
Match start: 19:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018
Nigeria is facing the match for life in frames of which this African national team will try not to lose to Argentina and that will be enough for getting into the next stage of the World Cup. Nigeria has lost to Croatia during the starting round (0:2), having spent quite good game but not having managed to score a goal. In a game with Iceland Nigeria has sensationally stopped the strong rival that was considered to be a favorite for the match against Africans. It seems that Nigeria has every chance to spend one of the best tournaments in the history of this national team.
The German coach of Nigerians has created quite good game and such team players as Musa (the hero of the match against Icelanders), Moses, Ndidi and Iheanacho can make difference on the football field. As we have mentioned, the fact that Musa was ignored in the first match of the World Cup became a real mistake for coaching staff of Nigeria, as Ahmed demonstrates good standards at this stage of his career.
“This is a real nightmare!” – these are the exact words which characterize the game of Argentina in frames of the current World Cup 2018 in Russia. Now Argentina is a half step from a relegation zone and only the victory in this match can give Messi and the company an opportunity to play in the playoffs. Jorge Sampaoli hasn’t managed to train his team, their actions often become predictable for rivals and all attacks are based on Messi. It is difficult to explain a failure in a match against Croatia and Argentina is losing such important World championship.
It is funny, but many Argentineans have appealed to National Football Federation with a request to change the head coach but so far the request remained unsatisfied. In a decisive game at a group stage Argentina will obviously play with the changed line-up in comparison with the match with Croats. Caballero, Perez, Mesa, Acuña and other football players can lose their place in the starting line-up of this team.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Nigeria vs Argentina
Bookmakers believe in success of Argentina – 1.55. Success of Nigeria is estimated for 6:45, and a draw – 4.70. The situation is clear if we speak about squad potential of these teams but surprises us if we remember about the level of the game.
Total over 2.5 – odds1.89, and total under 2.5 – odds 2.06. Bookmakers predict us rather pragmatic match.
So, there has come time “X” for these teams and the winner of the match will get into the next round of the playoffs. Argentina needs only victory with large advantage as in the case of a victory of Iceland in a game with Croats, Argentineans can miss playoffs by a difference of scored and missed goals. We believe in success of the South American national team.