With divided opinions on what to expect from stumbling Argentina World Cup campaign, we will take a look on their opening match and see if you should be confident when placing a bet on Argentina to outplay Iceland.
According to online sportsbook news in Russia, optimists feel with Messi anything is possible, while pessimists sense that an embarrassing early exit could well be on the cards. Such split among spectators is well understandable after Argentina’s poor World Cup qualification campaign and embarrassing friendly defeats to Nigeria and Spain, under the leadership of five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi. Their opening game in Moscow will be against the tiny Nordic nation ranked 22nd in the world, with a realistic chance to progress to the knockout stages. Going against the odds, we suggest a bet on Argentina to outplay Iceland is dubious.
The Boys to Rise Up As Dark Horse
The smallest ever national to qualify for the major tournament, has shocked the world during a run to the Euro 2016 quarterfinals. The Boys followed that by topping its UEFA World Cup qualifying group with seven wins in 10 matches. They are well acknowledged to rise up as dark horse in Group D against beatable opponents Croatia and Nigeria, and to stand strong against Argentina in the opener.
Messi and his fellows will take the pitch under extreme pressure after being crushed (6-1) in their friendly by Spain in last March. Whereas Iceland backed with their passionate fans are expected to pose serious threat on their opponents and they could come out as the surprise team who took World Cup 2018 by storm. Does it mean a win for Iceland is under grasp?
Shall You Bet on Argentina to Outplay Iceland?
Although Iceland show great optimism to make history in Russia, they have suffered some serious setbacks lately, which could be a factor for them to end up with a defeat or a draw against Argentina. They did not do well in their recent friendlies, losing three times and drawing once. Their superstar Everton’s midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has missed the final six weeks of the Premier League with a knee injury, with much fears that he will not be 100% fit. Could the magic run out of Iceland?
Despite Argentina being the favourites with (1.29) odds, a draw (5.00), and a victory for Iceland (13.00) odds – according to Unibet Sportsbook, Iceland could still emerge as the dark horse and make history in World Cup 2018. Do you think it is safe to bet on Argentina to outplay Iceland, or you would opt for betting on Iceland to go against the odds and surprise everyone?