Stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium
TV: BBC One
Argentina must beat Nigeria to have any chance of reaching the Russia 2018 knockout rounds but the good news is that they do have history on their side.
La Albiceleste claimed a 3-2 win when these teams met at the last World Cup in Brazil and also came out on top in 1994, 2002 and 2010 encounters.
All of those victories came by just a one-goal margin, though, and 5/2 for that to happen again here is our first Nigeria vs Argentina prediction.
A Look At Nigeria’s Betting Odds
Nigeria have been a Jekyll and Hyde team at this tournament, losing 2-0 to Croatia in lifeless fashion but then turning on the style when beating Iceland by the same scoreline.
The Super Eagles failed to muster a shot on target in the first half on Friday but were then inspired by two moments of magic from substitute Ahmed Musa.
“What I like in my young team is humility, solidarity and fighting spirit,” said manager Gernot Rohr.
“I thought before this World Cup we were here to learn. I think this team will be ready in 2022 and this World Cup is coming early, but we have a good chance to win against Argentina.”
Leicester winger Musa, who spent the second half of last season on loan at CSKA Moscow, also fired a thunderous shot against the bar.
Nigeria can take heart from a 4-2 friendly win over Argentina in November and it was 3-2 when they lost in the last World Cup, so the omens look good for goals in St Petersburg.
A Look At Argentina’s Betting Odds
Argentina began this tournament as one of the favourites for outright glory but have been undone by a couple of key incidents in their opening two Group D matches.
Lionel Messi missed a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Iceland and then Willy Caballero gifted Croatia a crucial first goal in Thursday’s damaging 3-0 defeat.
However, La Albiceleste also made hard work of qualifying from the South American section but came good when it mattered with a 3-1 away win over Ecuador in the final set of fixtures.
Head coach Jorge Sampaoli said after the loss to Croatia: “As a coach, it’s been a long time since I’ve gone through this experience and obviously it’s much more painful when I’m wearing the jersey of my country.
“We have to put everything we have in the last opportunity we have to fight, give it our all.”
Needing to open up and attack may actually suit the South Americans and we’re backing them to prevail 2-1 at 29/4 in our Nigeria vs Argentina betting tips.
NIGERIA 2-0 Iceland – Musa (2)
ARGENTINA 0-3 Croatia
Head-to-head: Argentina 2-4 Nigeria, Argentina 2-3 Nigeria, Argentina 3-1 Nigeria, Nigeria 4-1 Argentina, Argentina 1-0 Nigeria, Argentina 1-0 Nigeria
Group D Standings