World Cup: Nigeria Vs Iceland Betting Tips

World Cup: Nigeria Vs Iceland Betting Tips

Nigeria came into this World Cup tournament as a rather unknown quantity in terms of their consistency. They are certainly a side with the talent to make waves in the competition, but their recent results have ranged from disastrous to excellent.

On the more positive side of the spectrum is their shock 4-2 win over Argentina last November, but in February they were hammered 4-0 by Morocco and they put in a similarly dismal performance in their World Cup opener.

They faced off with Croatia in a game that most expected them to lose, but they were almost completely ineffectual against the Luka Modric led team. An own goal in the first half put them deservedly behind, and they never really looked like getting back into the game after that. It eventually ended 2-0 after a Modric penalty put the game out of Nigeria’s reach, and they will be hoping for a vastly improved showing against Iceland.

Iceland are no pushovers though, a fact that is becoming known worldwide now. They made the headlines two years ago when they shockingly qualified from the group stages of their first ever international tournament before beating England. They ensured it wasn’t just a fluke by topping their World Cup qualifying group, and on Saturday they became the talk of the tournament once more.
They faced off with the South American giants and group favourites Argentina in a David vs Goliath clash. Iceland has just a quarter of the population of Buenos Aires, but they didn’t let that phase them as they crowded Argentina out of the game. They went a goal behind but hit back instantly and ended up taking an unexpected point from the game.

This will obviously be a huge confidence boost for them, and it’s worth noting that in their six major tournament matches they have lost just once. In fact, in their last 26 competitive games they have lost just five times, winning 14 of them. Meanwhile, Nigeria have lost four of their last five outings.

We fancy Iceland to take all three points here after their confidence boosting result against Argentina, and an Iceland Draw No Bet looks a great choice here. Five of Iceland’s last six competitive games have seen fewer than three goals as well, so we’re also opting for an Iceland Win and Under 2.5 Goals along with a 1-0 correct score predictions.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s talisman in the centre of midfield, and with 19 goals in 58 caps he’s their top scorer too. His free kicks are a major part of his game too, and with Nigeria conceding 16 fouls against Croatia we think he looks a top choice for our anytime goalscorer predictions.

Nigeria Predicted Lineup: Uzoho, Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Idowu, Ndidi, Etebo, Iwobi, Mikel, Moses, Ighalo

Iceland Predicted Lineup: Halldorsson, Saevarsson, Arnason, Sigurdsson, Magnusson, Gudmundsson, Gunnarsson, Hallfredsson, Bjarnason, Sigurdsson, Finnbogason
HEAD TO HEAD
There has only been one meeting between Nigeria and Iceland, with Iceland winning 3-0 in a 1981 friendly. (Source)

Zeusbet  JUN 22, 2018 1X2 DC O/U 2.5 GG/NG DNB
ID TIME EVENTS
1 X 2
1X 12 X2
OVER UNDER
GG NG
1 2
3494 16:00 Nigeria – Iceland
2.99 3.01 2.68
1.50 1.41 1.42
2.63 1.47
2.08 1.67
1.96 1.76
+497

 

NIGERIA VS ICELAND STATS
Iceland drew their first ever World Cup game when they met Argentina. The last side to avoid defeat in both of their first two World Cup games were Senegal in 2002, while Croatia in 1998 were the last European side to do so.
After recording eight shots against Argentina in the first half of their first match, Iceland failed to register a single attempt on goal in the second 45 minutes.
Nigeria have lost each of their last three World Cup games. They last had a longer run of defeats in the competition between 1998 and 2002 (four games).
Nigeria have won just one of their last 13 games at the World Cup (W1 D3 L9), with that victory coming against Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2014.
In major tournaments (World Cup and European Championships), Iceland have lost just one of their six matches in total (W2 D3 L1).
Nigeria have failed to score in six of their last 11 World Cup matches.
Victor Moses has been directly involved in 36% of Nigeria’s 14 shots at this World Cup so far (3 shots, 2 chances created), more than any other player for the Super Eagles.

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