Argentina Vs Iceland – Predictions, Odds & Betting Tips
The second game of Day 3 of the World Cup is action from Group D which pits Argentina against Iceland. Iceland has never won the World Cup and is the smallest nation regarding population to qualify, but they’re not going to be intimidated, especially after their amazing performance in Euro 2016. Argentina has three World Cups under their belt but is running out of time to get one with Lionel Messi, who is now 31 years old. My 2018 World Cup pick for June 16th is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting – Don’t Miss 50% Up To $1000 Bonus.
Argentina Vs Iceland – Recent Form & Injuries
Argentina has just been so-so in qualification, and the team has not played well in international tournaments after losing in the 2014 World Cup final to Germany. They lost the Copa America to Chile in 2015 and 2016. Midfielder, Manuel Lanzini, was lost from the starting lineup after an injury in warmups in Spain. Both he and goalkeeper, Sergio Romero, will miss the entire tournament. Sergio Aquero has been injured for much of the season, but he’ll be ready to go after last playing for Man City in the EPL in March.
Iceland might be billed as a “Cinderella,” even in this tournament, but they play excellent team soccer and have a good chance to get out of this group, despite a tough draw with Argentina and talented sides, Croatia and Nigeria. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s last played for Everton in March but has worked around the clock to get fit for the tournament.
Argentina (-1.5) Vs Iceland (+1.5) Betting Odds
Argentina is a firm favorite to win this one outright at -312. Iceland has much longer odds to win outright at +900, and a draw is close to 4/1. The Asian handicap is listed at -1 ½ +102 for Argentina and +1 ½ goals at -122 for Iceland. The total is 2.5 goals. If we’re merely looking historically here, Argentina against Iceland in the World Cup should seem like a slam dunk in favor of Argentina.
However, I don’t think that is the case here. The Argentines continue to rely on Messi extremely heavily, and despite his talent, that may not be the best idea with a roster that may be better off with more involvement from others. Iceland may not go on another run as they did in Euro 2016, but they’re a team that is still not being taken as seriously as they should. I certainly like them +1.5 goals in this one and if you’re as high on them as I am, +900 to win outright, isn’t crazy, either.