Argentina vs Iceland
Saturday 16/06/2018 | 14:00 GMT | Spartak Stadium
Group D’s opening game is between 2014 finalist Argentina against the surprise performers in Euro 2016 Iceland. It’s safe to say Iceland have been the surprise packages in world football since 2016. First, they knocked out heavy favourites England in the Euros now they have qualified for world cup. Unfortunately for them they meet one of the power houses in world football in Argentina.
Argentina are brimming with talent in the attacking half especially, they are currently fifth favourites to win the tournament but surely they would be even firmer favourites had they had a settled squad and a more solid defence.
Leo Messi turns 31 during the World Cup and it’s hard to see him at his best at an another final when he’ll be 34 for Qatar 2022. This then is his last big chance to win the only major trophy that has eluded him in his long and distinguished career. It’s likely to be the last world cup for several of Argentina’s side, Aguero, Higuaín are both 30 plus now. So, this is the last chance for several world class players to write their name in world football history.
Standing in their way to footballing immortality is the plucky Vikings of Iceland. Argentina are notorious slow starters to tournament, but I have a feeling they’ll want to set a standard from the get go. It’s silly to talk of a national team as a one-man team, but if that man is Messi then exceptions can be made.
I’ve already tipped Argentina to win the world cup, it may be more my heart dictating over my head, but I really believe Messi will finally take a tournament by storm. If any player in the history of world football can lead a nation to world cup victory, that man is surely Lionel Messi. He has been the greatest player in his or any generation and it’s time to cement that title and silence those who say he has never quite performed at his absolute peak for his nation.
Argentina vs Iceland Betting Tips
|Argentina vs Iceland||Argentina to Win HT/FT||2.0|
|Argentina vs Iceland||Total Match Goals Over 2.5||2.05|
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