Argentina vs Iceland (By: Stanioooo)
First match in group D between Argentina and Iceland.
Argentina are the favorites to top this group where Croatia are their biggest opponent for the 1st place. The other team in the goup is Nigeria. If I have to be honest, I don't see any problems for Argentina to top the group and with a high possibility to make it with max points. They are performing always good in the group stage and most of the times in this century without dropping points. So, amazing team with oustandingly forwards like Di Maria, Messi and Aguero against newcomers like Iceland in the WC opener in this group. I think Argentina will win here quite easy, although a goal by Iceland is not excluded. Romero is out, so Caballero will start the match, together with Lanzini, who is also with long-term injury. If Icelanders use their flangs, maybe they will find the way to score a goal tomorrow, because I really don't trust Argentina full backs Salvio and Tagliafico. Otamendi and Rojo in the centre look much more stable supported by Mascherano and Biglia. Argentina were shocked a few months ago with this 6:1 they lost to Spain..They were boosted a little bit by their last performance and 4:0 win over Haiti with brilliant performance by Leo Messi, but Iceland will be much harder opposition and Sampaoli knows that, so he will do enough to prepare his team not for a walk in the park here.
What I like most in Iceland is that they play like a TEAM! They don't rely on one-two star players who play in the Premier league for example and expect them to lead the team and score goals.. NO, they use all of their starting players and you can expect every single of them to have the opportunity to score, no matter from distance or after free kick, corner kick..Of course, the main weapons are Finnbogason and Sigurdsson, but we will see what will be their starting line up. Their recent results are full of goals, but lost most of them- 3:0 loss against Mexico, 1:3 against Peru, 2:3 against Iceland and 2:2 against Ghana. You can see it's not hard to score them even more than one time and a goal by Iceland don't have to be excluded. Their style is not defensive and I am sure they will try to play open football against Argentina although it can lead to a lot of problems especially by Leo Messi. He loves to play against teams or clubs which play more attacking football, not with two defensive lines in the back.. This will be the match to shine for sure, not only because he knows what Ronaldo made against Spain and his hattrick.
I am pretty confident we will see three or even more goals here, so over 2.5 goals is good option for me. Leo to score is another good choice. What I will pick here is Argentina to win+over 2.5 goals. 3:0 or 3:1 are my favorite picks for this match,
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