|Match 6: Group D
Argentina v Iceland
Sat 16th June 11:00pm
|Best: Iceland Over 0.5 goals ($2.00)
Value: Draw ($4.80)
Other: HT/FT – Iceland/Draw ($23.00)
Group D action gets underway atMoscow’s Spartak Stadium with Argentina taking on Iceland and the ‘viking clap’.
What’s their current form?
Argentina have played three games in 2018 and have displayed some erratic form to say the least. They were solid in their 2-0 win over Italy before being humiliated 6-1 by Spain just 4 days later. At the end of May they played their only warm up game for the World Cup where they beat Haiti 4-0.
Iceland have been rather disappointing since qualifying for the World Cup last October, failing to win any of their 6 games since. They lost 2-1 to Czech Republic; drew 1 all with Qatar; lost 3-0 to Mexico; lost 3-1 to Peru; lost 3-2 to Norway and drew 2 all with Ghana.
Argentina: Caballero; Salvio, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico; di Maria, Banega, Lo Celso, Meza; Aguero, Messi.
Iceland: Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Arnason, R.Sigurdsson, Magnusson; Gudmundsson, G.Sigurdsson, Hallfredsson, Bjarnason; Finnbogason, Bodvarsson.
Any interesting facts I should know?
Argentina ran third in one of the toughest Qualifying groups. They won 7 and drew 7 of their 14 qualifiers. They were the second best defensive side but equal 7th in attack out of the 10 competing nations.
Iceland topped their competition group, having the best attack and second best defence. They dropped just 2 of their 10 games.
What should I be betting on?
Messi. Argentina have a magnificent line of forwards, headed by Aguero and Messi.
Messi’s back must be starting to hurt. Four years ago he carried Argentina to the final in Brazil and was awarded the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament for his efforts. Since then, not much has changed with his country consistently relying on him to help get results. They were less than 90 minutes away from failing to qualify until a Messi hat-track in the final qualifying game against Ecuador. Their 19 goals in 18 matches was the second least of all South American nations. They scored the same amount of goals as Venezuela and less than half of Brazil’s 41 goals. They were pounded by Spain 6-1 in a friendly back in March and went down 4-2 to Nigeria last November – in a match played in Russia. They have won just 4 of their last 9 matches and The Wolf says it will not be easy to for them to simply flick the switch. Iceland topped their qualifying group and with drawn on their tournament success at Euro 2016 where they knocked out England in the Round of 16. The Wolf likes the value on offer for Iceland and is tipping them to hold their own.
TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news
What time is kick off? The game starts at 4pm (local time) on June 16. In Australia, kick-off will be at 11pm on June 16th.
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? Both sides have injured players, however Argentina is more heavily hit, as they will be without Fernando Gago (knee), Sergio Romero (knee) and Manuel Lanzini (knee). For Iceland, Gylfi Sigurdsson has amazingly got himself passed fit after suffering a knee injury which threatened to ruin his chances of even appearing in the World Cup.
Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.
What happened the last time they played each other? This will be the first time these two sides will meet.