Argentina vs. Iceland: 2018 World Cup – Match Preview

Argentina kick start their 2018 World Cup campaign off against Iceland, the smallest nation ever to qualify for the tournament.

Argentina are far from in top gear, although did ease past Haiti in their only friendly fixture ahead of the competition.

Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero is out of the tournament having suffered a knee injury.

Russia 2018 will be Iceland’s first ever World Cup and are big underdogs in a competitive group.

Iceland topped their qualification group, consisting of Turkey, Ukraine and Croatia.

Saturday’s meeting will be the first between the two nations.

Iceland +2 (Asian Handicap): 17/40 with Bet 365

Team news
Ever Banega is likely to miss Argentina’s first group stage game due to a right calf issue.

Maxi Meza could well start ahead of Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain on Saturday.

Gylfi Sigurdsson has overcome the injury that ended his domestic campaign and will start for Iceland.

Captain Aron Gunnarsson is a doubt for the European nation, but should overcome a combination of knee and ankle problems.

Expected starting XI’s
Argentina (4-2-3-1):
Caballero; Salvio, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico; Biglia, Mascherano; Di Maria, Messi, Meza; Aguero

Iceland (4-5-1):
Halldorsson; Sævarsson, Sigurdsson, Arnason, Magnússon; Gudmundsson, Gunnarsson, Hallfredsson, Sigurdsson, Bjarnason; Finnbogason

Predictions

Result: Argentina (1/3 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 2-1 (17/2 with Bet 365)

Anytime Goalscorer: Sergio Aguero (23/20 with Bet Victor)

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