The Group D duel between Nigeria and Iceland will bring plenty of excitements, as only the winner will get some chances to reach the knock-out phase at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The match is set for this Friday, June 22nd, 2018, at Volgograd Arena, and the bettors just don’t want to miss this one.
Nigeria vs. Iceland
3-Way: 1: Nigeria +210; X: +210 Draw; 2: Iceland +160 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread 0: Nigeria +110; Iceland -120
Total +2: Over -130; Under +110
Recent Form and Team News
Nigeria completely disappointed the fans with a poor performance in the opening game against Croatia, and Super Eagles’ display was far worse than a 2-0 defeat. They just couldn’t find any rhythm in their offensive play, being harmless for the most of the match, while at the back, they’ve made some big mistakes that led to a couple of goals in their net. Nigeria is winless for six games in a row, so the manager Gernot Rohr urgently needs some changes ahead of the next fixture.
Iceland is upsetting the odds since the EURO 2016, and the opening game against Argentina was not an exception. Our Boys put on another great performance, so typically for them, earning a well-deserved draw against the heavyweight rival, and showing how the team spirit is one of the major descriptions of any successful side. However, Iceland is without a win in the previous five encounters, recording some draws and losses in friendly games prior to the 2018 World Cup.
Players to Watch
The talented forward Alex Iwobi will have to improve as soon as possible, but the striker Kelechi Iheanacho could be a decisive factor in Nigeria’s overturn, of course, if he gets a proper chance from Gernot Rohr.
Gylfi Sigurdsson is undoubtedly the most important member of Our Boys, as his technical abilities along with a vision and creativity are invaluable for this Iceland team. The striker Alfred Finnbogason will try to bag another goal, after netting against Argentina, while the experienced defender Ragnar Sigurdsson should hold the things at the back.
Betting Trends and Latest Odds
- Nigeria lost five out of the last six encounters
- Nigeria failed to score on previous two occasions
- Nigeria is a +1600 underdog to reach the Quarter-Finals
- Nigeria is at +1400 to be the lowest scoring team in the 2018 World Cup
- Iceland is winless for five matches in a row
- Iceland couldn’t keep the net intact in the last six games
- Iceland is a +20000 out-of-towner to beat the 2018 FIFA World Cup
- Iceland is at +900 to make it to the last eight
Nigeria’s recent poor form doesn’t promise anything good to their fans, but they will have to push forward here and try to find the back of the net to eventually earn a victory. Super Eagles will meet Argentina in the final match of the group stage, and they cannot count on points against the defending vice-champions. The similar case is with Our Boys, who’ll face Croatia in the ultimate game of the Group D, so I expect to see at least one goal on both sides of the field here.
The Pick: Both Teams to Score YES (-105)