Argentina vs Iceland
Argentina didn't have easy nor comfortable qualifying session for the World Cup. Their destiny was decided in the last round. Even though they ended up at third position the fact is that they could have stayed without World Cup in case of a defeat away to Ecuador.
Luckily for them, they managed to get 1:3 victory away in Quito despite being a goal down from the first minute. Messi played the key role with three goals in one of his best matches for the national team. In the end, they've ended with only two points more than Chile that didn't make the qualifiers.
As for the friendlies, the side won over Italy 2:0 in March suffering heavy 6:1 defeat away in Spain later on. In last weeks, they had a friendly against Haiti at home winning with 4:0. It was just bit more than a training game used to lift their morale obviously.
Aguero could lead their attack in a version of the 4-2-3-1 formation. Maria, Messi, and Meza could be the offensive midfielders. Willy Caballero is set to be their first choice goalkeeper after injury of Sergio Romero. Maximiliano Meza should replace Lanzini in the starting lineup. Midfielder Enver Banega will probably be spared here.
Iceland had a very equal and difficult group in the qualifiers for World Cup. They were drawn together with Kosovo, Finland, Ukraine, Turkey, and Croatia. A very equal group in which the Icelandic team surely didn't look like plain favorites to finish first.
In the end, they made it, winning over Kosovo 2:0 at home. Thanks to this three pointer the side ended up with two points more than second-placed Croatia. They did excellent in front of own fans winning all five matches and it was key to their success.
As for the friendlies, the team didn't impress much - mostly due to their poor defending approach. Their strikers did what was needed, but defensive gaps need to be corrected soon. During March they suffered defeats to Mexico and Peru. During this month they've suffered 2:3 defeat against Norway having a 2:2 draw against Ghana as well in Reykjavik.
The side showed ability and potential in attack and have taken 2:0 lead in the first halftime. Goalscorers were Arnason and Finnbogason. However like they wanted to save some energy and paid the price for it in the second part of the match.
Finnbogason should lead their attack with back up from Sigurdsson as an offensive midfielder. Formation should be similar to 4-4-1-1 style. Offensive Gylfi Sigurdsson didn't play much recently but is set to start here.
Argentinians are favorite here, however, I'm not impressed with their defensive lineup. Iceland is the underdog and surely will be waiting for their chance to counter-attack. It's one of their main weapons while I anyway see them as a squad that doesn't need much in order to score. Both teams to score has so much value in my eyes.
Argentina vs Iceland prediction
Both teams to score @ 2.37 with Bet365