Nigeria vs. Argentina: 2018 World Cup – Match Preview

Argentina know only a victory over Nigeria on Tuesday will give them a chance of qualification for the knock out rounds.

Ahmed Musa scored twice as Nigeria beat Iceland last time out, with the result moving them into second spot.

A draw will likely be good enough for Nigeria, unless Iceland record a comfortable victory over Croatia.

Argentina were embarrassingly bad against Croatia last time out, losing 3-0 with Luka Modric among the scorers.

Failure to beat Nigeria will see Lionel Messi and co eliminated before the knock out rounds of the competition.

Iceland face already qualified Croatia in the other game, knowing only a win will give them a chance of progression.

Match history
Tuesday’s meeting will be the fifth in the last seven World Cups between the two nations!

Argentina have won all four games at the competition prior (all by a single goal), however Nigeria recorded a 4-2 win in a 2017 friendly.

Last five international meetings
Argentina 2 Nigeria 4 (Friendly) – 14/11/17
Nigeria 2 Argentina 3 (World Cup) – 25/06/14
Argentina 3 Nigeria 1 (Friendly) – 06/09/11
Nigeria 4 Argentina 1 (Friendly) – 01/06/11
Argentina 1 Nigeria 0 (World Cup) – 12/06/10

Over 2.5 goals – 4/6 with Coral

Team news
Nigeria are set to name the same XI that beat Iceland, meaning Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi will remain among the substitutes.

They changed to a 3-5-2 for the fixture, with Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel featuring in more defensive roles.

Sergio Aguero is reportedly set to be dropped from the XI here, despite being one of Argentina’s better performers.

Willy Caballero will miss out after his howler gifted Croatia the lead in their previous game.

Expected starting XI’s
Nigeria (3-5-2): Uzoho; Balogun, Omerou, Troost-Ekong; Moses, Ndidi, Mikel, Etebo, Idowu; Musa, Iheanacho
Argentina (4-2-4): Armani; Mercado, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico; Mascherano, Banega; Perez, Messi, Higuain, Di Maria

Predictions

Result: Draw (10/3 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 2-2 (18/1 with Bet 365)

Anytime Goalscorer: Gonzalo Higuain (23/18 with 888 Sport)

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