World Cup Match 39: Nigeria v Argentina

The penultimate game of Day 13 will take place at the Saint Petersburg Stadium between surprise packets Nigeria and the out of form Argentina.

Stats

What’s their current form?
Nigeria were expected to struggle in this group, instead they find themselves sitting second in their group and requiring just a draw here to advance. They went down 2-0 to Croatia in the opening game, courtesy of an own goal and a penalty. They then beat Iceland 2-0.

Argentina were tipped to dominate this group, instead they are sitting last and need a win by a few goals to give themselves a chance to advance. They opened with a 1 all draw against Iceland before copping a 3-0 hiding from Croatia in their last match. They have to improve their goal difference by at least 2 and hope for Croatia to deny Iceland a win.

Lineups
Nigeria: Uzoho; Ebuehi, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Idowu; Onazi, Ndidi, Obi Mikel; Moses, Ighalo, Iwobi.
Argentina: Caballero; Salvio, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico; di Maria, Banega, Lo Celso, Meza; Aguero, Messi.

Any interesting facts I should know?
Argentina has conceded 10 goals in their last 4 games. Nigeria has conceded 10 goals in their last 12 games.

What should I be betting on?
Argentina should win this comfortably. But they are woefully out of form. Expect both sides to get on the board.

Wolf’s Prediction

As bad as they have been, a win will be enough to see Argentina advance to the next round. Messi is yet to find the back of the net while coach Jorge Sampaoli continues to play musical chairs with his starting XI. They struggled throughout qualifying and have brought that lack of cohesion with them to Russia. Iceland and Croatia had great success playing on the counter and The Wolf expects Nigeria to follow suit. The African nation recently beat Argentina 4-2 in a friendly but the South American side have won all four of their previous World Cup battles. The dynamic of the group changes with every goal and it is the reason why The Wolf expects goals galore in this one. It will be far more open that Argentina’s opening two matches which will provide Messi with the room he needs to operate. The stage is set for the master to weave his magic.

Recommended Bets

Best: Over 2.5 goals ($1.67)
Other: 2nd Half Over 2.5 goals ($3.70)
Value: Messi 2 or more goals ($4.20)


FAQ’s

TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news

What time is kick off? The game starts at 9pm (local time) on June 26. In Australia, kick-off will be at 4am on June 27th.

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 are fully fit.

Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.

What happened the last time they played each other? There have been 7 games between these sides, with Argentina scoring 5 wins to Nigeria’s 2, while 1 match has been drawn. They last met in November 2017, where Argentina won 4-2.

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