Argentina v Iceland Betting Tip Over 10.5 corners – World Cup 2018

Corners the way to go when Argentina face Iceland


Saturday 16th June 1400hrs Argentina v Iceland Football – International – World Cup The World Cup has not even kicked off yet and it is already shaping up to be one of the most eventful in memory. There appears to be a massive story breaking every few hours so who knows where we’ll be when these two nations kick off their campaigns on Saturday. It’s hard to imagine two more opposite teams facing each other but the consistent thing is about all the games in the World Cup is there is always an opportunity for money to be made – the best betting tips for Argentina and Iceland below.

Argentina came within a whisker of winning their first World Cup title since 1986 when reaching the final four years ago, only to lose to Germany in extra time. It was an excruciating defeat and compounded by two consecutive defeats in the Copa America final which looked to have ended Lionel Messi’s international career somewhat prematurely. Messi was eventually convinced to return to captain his country and has made it clear that his future depends on how they fair in Russia. This will be the great man’s fourth World Cup and it’s easy to think that his best opportunity of winning one was last time out in Brazil. That’s no indictment on his abilities but more of a pragmatic view of the quality that surrounds him. As is so often the case Argentina have a plethora of attacking options to call on – some of the best in the world – but they are lacking in other areas, most notably defence. It was such a strength of their last squad that it’s hard to see them replicating in the current circumstances but Messi’s ability is such that you can never write them off. A strong start on Saturday would build confidence and coach Jorge Sampaoli has shown his aptitude for winning international tournaments with Chile.

Iceland made their first ever appearance at a major international tournament when reaching the 2016 European Championships and as the saying goes, just like buses, the second has arrived immediately after – or something like that! It really is a golden generation for this small country and they are making hay while the sun shines. They topped a group that included Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey – all of whom have recent (and regular) experience of competing in major tournaments. It’s a massive feat to get here but now they are, the challenge is continuing their development and reaching the next stage. That was accomplished in France two years ago when they reached the quarter finals and although that will be extremely hard to replicate, they continue to surprise everybody. It’s been a disappointing prep, however, and they have failed to win any of their last four games – losing three of them. Perhaps the most concerning aspect of that run of games is the number of goals they have been conceding. Usually a very well organised outfit with a mean defence, Iceland have allowed 11 goals in those four games and that has to improve heading into the group games.

Argentina v Iceland Betting Tips

It’s a really intriguing game this one, and the contrast of styles is such that we could be set for anything. In terms of how the game develops then it’s very likely that Iceland will attempt to deny Argentina as much space as possible when attacking and take anything they can get when in possession. Argentina have more than enough creativity in terms of individuals but they have yet to show anything as a team and the reliance of Messi is simply too much for them to go far in the competition. We could see that in a microcosm on Saturday as Iceland are fit enough and have proven they are tactically savvy on enough occasions to frustrate Messi. If that happens then the other Argentine players have to step up.

In terms of betting tips for this Argentina versus Iceland game, I have no strong opinion on the outcome of the match although it’s fair to say that if Messi and Argentina perform then they should be good enough to win this with some ease. In these sort of games, where one opponent is likely to surrender a lot of territory, I look to the corner markets and that view is enhanced because Argentina do try and stretch teams with Angel Di Maria playing wide. There’s a couple of ways you could play this and look at the team corners but my preference is for the total corners markets.

Betting Tips – Over 10.5 corners 11/8 @ Betfair

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