Argentina vs Iceland Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Tip Reasoning

This could be Lionel Messi’s last chance to lead his nation to World Cup glory, and the pain of that World Cup Final loss four years ago will still be ever present to all of the squad. Not to mention their duo of Copa America Final losses that keep this trophy curse going for Argentina.

They will be hoping to banish all that negativity on Saturday as they kick off for the first time in Russia. They face off with World Cup debutants Iceland, and whilst Argentina are huge favourites, they will certainly know of the threat that Iceland pose after their shock performance in Euro 2016.

The Argentinians have only played one warm up friendly as well, although that was a 4-0 demolition of Haiti at the end of May. Unsurprisingly it was a Lionel Messi hat trick that got them the win, and the Barcelona star has now scored 64 goals in 124 appearances in the white and blue of Argentina.

In fact, he is the only Argentine player to score a competitive goal for them since a 3-0 win over Colombia back in November 2016. It would be a shock if he didn’t do the same here, so we’re backing Lionel Messi to score anytime for our goalscorer predictions.

Iceland shocked Europe when they qualified for their first ever international tournament two years ago, and they continued the shock factor when they made it all the way to the quarter finals, beating England in the process. Their rise didn’t stop there though, with them out qualifying the likes of Croatia, Ukraine, and Turkey to make it to their first ever World Cup.

Unfortunately for them, their form seems to have taken a downturn since qualifying. They drew 2-2 with Ghana in their final World Cup warm up friendly and have lost three of their last four games. Their usually solid defence has conceded 11 goals in these four games, and now they’re coming up against one of the most talented attackers in history.

Iceland are likely to sit behind the ball here, but we’re not expecting that to be enough to save them. Argentina are simply too talented and with four of Argentina’s last six matches seeing three or more goals and all of Iceland’s last six going the same way, we think an Over 2.5 Goals bet here looks great value for money.

Iceland have conceded thee or more goals in three of their last four games as well, so we’re also going for Argentina Over 2.5 Team Goals along with a 4-1 correct score predictions.

Argentina Predicted Lineup: Caballero, Mercado, Otamendi, Fazio, Tagliafico, Mascherano, Lo Celso, Di Maria, Salvio, Messi, Higuain

Iceland Predicted Lineup: Halldorsson, Saevarsson, Arnason, R Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson, G Sigurdsson, Hallfredsson, Bjarnason, Finnbogason, Bodvarsson

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