Who will win Nigeria vs Iceland – Prediction & Odds, World Cup 2018

20th June 2018 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
Nigeria v Iceland- World Cup 2018

Nigeria vs Iceland World Cup Prediction 22nd June 2018 – 4.00 p.m

Nigeria slipped to an opening defeat against Croatia in their first game and so they are going to be chasing and pushing hard in this one. Iceland allied themselves to produce a fantastic 1-1 draw for themselves in their first ever World Cup match and that was against one of the pre-tournament favourites Argentina. If they can turn that point into four after two games, then they will be right in the qualification mix heading into the final round of group stage matches.

Nigeria vs Iceland Odds*

Nigeria 19/10
Iceland 17/10
Draw 11/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 19th, 2018 at 9:47 p.m.)

Who will win Nigeria vs Iceland?

There is likely to be a closely fought contest in this one and it’s hard to pick a winner out of the two. Nigeria didn’t look very threatening in their opener while Iceland base their game around their defensive strengths. Who will win this important Nigeria v Iceland clash? It may be just the one piece of magic in the game which splits these two.

Super Eagles struggling for team spirit

Nigeria went down 2-0 against Croatia in their opening game at the 2018 World Cup and there were some worrying signs in that game. They couldn’t raise their spirit to actually get competitive and they really looked as if they were just going through the motions. They had no response to falling behind and they looked extremely noncompetitive and disinterested. It was strange to watch them and if they don’t go out and do a complete flip of all that, then their tournament is going to be over early. The Africans are out of form with a D1 L4 record in their last five games and so they are going to be vulnerable in this one. They have been very lightweight going forward too with a failure to score in three for their last five. It all points to this being a low scoring game and under 2.5 goals at bet356 is at 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 19th, 2018 at 9:47 p.m.). The Super Eagles are in desperate need of something in this game as they will still have to face Argentina in their final group stage match so the future doesn’t look too bright for them. In the bet365 correct score market there is decent value at 11/2 on the 1-1 draw* (Betting Odds were taken from June 19th, 2018 at 9:47 p.m.). They have to answer a lot of questions not only about quality but about commitment in this one. Can they step it up?

Iceland a threat to Nigeria

You are never going to question the commitment and spirit of Iceland. We saw it in spades as they played out a 1-1 draw with Argentina in their opening group stage game. That was a fantastic result for them in their first ever World Cup match. It sets them up well now because if they can get three points against Nigeria then Iceland are going to be in the qualification picture heading into the final round of group stage matches where they will face Croatia. They deserved their point against the South Americans as they stayed tight defensively and broke ever so well on the break when the timing was right. The thing about Iceland is that they are such a big physical side they use that as a very effective tool. Up front, Alfred Finnbogason had a tremendous game for them against Argentina and he is at 5/1* (Betting Odds were taken from June 19th, 2018 at 9:47 p.m.) in the bet365 first goalscorer market for this one. They are so hard to break down but like Nigeria, they too are lacking winning form as they have produced just a D2 L3 record in their last five games. They do look as if they can hold their own against Nigeria and keep themselves well in the hunt for a place in the round of sixteen which would be a stunning achievement considering that they were the favourites pre-tournament to finish bottom of Group D.

Nigeria vs Iceland Prediction

It is hard to predict a winner in this one because they may be fairly evenly matched at the end of the day. Nigeria didn’t look great at all in their opener and they may have trouble in coming up with the creativity needed to break the Icelanders in this tie. The draw in the match outright looks to be the safest option to roll with.

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