The second clash on Day 9 take place at Volgograd Arena, will see the unlucky Round 1 losers Nigeria taking on the plucky Iceland side that held Argentina to a draw.
What’s their current form?
Nigeria went down to Croatia in their opening clash 2-0, however they performed far better than the score line suggests. An own goal by Nigeria’s Etebo in the first half was compounded by a penalty goal in the 71st minute to Modric.
Iceland conceded a goal after just 19 minutes when Aguero scored for Argentina, but to their credit, Iceland hit back just 5 minutes later when Finnbogason scored. Iceland’s defence was magnificent for the rest of the match, denying Argentina any future goals, as the game ended in a 1 all draw.
Nigeria: Uzoho; Ebuehi, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Idowu; Onazi, Ndidi, Obi Mikel; Moses, Ighalo, Iwobi.
Iceland: Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Arnason, R.Sigurdsson, Magnusson; Gudmundsson, G.Sigurdsson, Hallfredsson, Bjarnason; Finnbogason, Bodvarsson.
Any interesting facts I should know?
These sides are very similar and evenly matched. More defensively strong than in attack, patient and very tough to breach through the middle.
What should I be betting on?
A draw Is a strong chance here.
Iceland delivered in spades for the Wolfpack against Argentina holding on for a very profitable draw. They will again be extremely hard to break down and The Wolf cannot see Nigeria getting through the brick wall that is the Icelandic defence. The tiny nation has played limited football at the highest level, but when they have, they have done so very efficiently. They made the quarter final at Euro 2016 with results against Portugal and England which makes the draw with Argentina no fluke. IT has been 6 games since Nigeria registered a win and they have consistently leaked goals at the World Cup. Iceland will not be putting a handful past them but a solitary goal will be enough for all 3 points.
TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news
What time is kick off? The game starts at 6pm (local time) on June 22. In Australia, kick-off will be at 1am on June 23rd.
What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.
What’s the team news and who’s injured? ). Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson got himself passed fit after suffering a knee injury which threatened to ruin his World Cup campaign.
Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.
What happened the last time they played each other? These sides have met just once prior, back in 1981. On that occasion, Iceland won 3-0.