Stadium: Spartak Stadium
Argentina’s bid to go one better than in 2014 starts against Iceland, one of the surprise packages at Euro 2016.
La Albiceleste made hard work of qualifying for Russia, relying on a Lionel Messi hat-trick in their final match against Ecuador, and face a well-drilled outfit fired-up for their maiden World Cup appearance.
The debutants could tire against such a talented team, though, so a draw at half-time and a win for the South Americans appeals at 13/5 in our Argentina vs Iceland betting tips.
A Look At Argentina’s Betting Odds
Mario Gotze’s extra-time goal denied Argentina a third World Cup success in Brazil four years ago, but they are back as one of the leading contenders for outright glory.
The road to Russia was a rocky one, though, with Gerardo Martino and Edgardo Bauza both moving on following poor results, before Jorge Sampaoli helped to steady the ship.
Messi eventually dug La Albiceleste out of a hole in qualifying and although the squad is packed with attacking players such as Paulo Dybala, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain, they do not always get spectacular results.
A Look At Iceland’s Betting Odds
Iceland made the headlines with their giant-killing exploits in France two years ago, drawing with eventual winners Portugal before sending England home in the last 16.
Along with their efforts on the pitch, the Viking Clap produced by their fans also stole the show during that competition and more strong support is expected in Russia.
The Scandinavian outfit have continued on an upward curve since then, topping their qualifying group ahead of Croatia after conceding just seven goals in 10 matches.
Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson remains the main man and he contributed four goals and the same number of assists during that campaign.
Heimir Hallgrimsson’s team have the willing attitude to challenge a defence that has looked shaky in some friendly games, with Argentina losing 4-2 to Nigeria and 6-1 against Spain.
Sigurdsson is 15/4 to score at anytime and that completes our Argentina vs Iceland betting predictions.
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