Nigeria v Argentina Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Albiceleste to squeeze out a win

Argentina v Nigeria- World Cup 2018

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Argentina have been beaten up in this World Cup and yet they are still not out of the running to reach the knockout phase. A win would move them up into second place only if Iceland failed to beat Croatia. After Croatia destroyed Argentina that is going to be a tough game for the Icelanders to win, so there is still a big window of opportunity here for Argentina. It would certainly be some massive drama if they got three points here and actually for our Nigeria v Argentina prediction we are siding with the South Americans.

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The Super Eagles have played themselves into a good position following there are 2-0 win over Iceland. Ahmed Musa got both goals in that win and therefore he is going to be worth a look in the anytime goalscorer market. This is a huge game for Nigeria as they will know that a victory over the South Americans will guarantee them a place in the round of 16. The draw would probably be enough to get them through as well. Nigeria are not a side who are carrying any kind of form whatsoever and that success over Iceland snapped a five-match sequence of four defeats and a draw that the Super Eagles were on.

Ironically with Nigeria beating Iceland that actually helped Argentina in their chances of qualifying, so in a roundabout way that has put pressure on the Super Eagles. Despite pulling out a good second half performance against Iceland by and large Nigeria have looked pretty poor at this tournament and we are having a hard time seeing them have much of an impact in this game at all despite the huge prize that is within sight. Both teams not to score is at 10/11 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.). The Africans have failed to score in three of their last six fixtures. In their victory over Iceland it was the first time they have managed more than one goal in a game since beating Argentina 4-2 back in November last year. They had conceded in eight straight fixtures before they collected the clean sheet against Iceland. The draw is likely to be enough for Nigeria here as long as Iceland don’t beat Croatia by a healthy goal margin. This is a game where it may just be about the Africans hanging on and avoiding defeat because they will know that at least that keeps Argentina behind them.

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Argentina News and Form

Argentina ’s qualification hopes were kept alive by Nigeria beating Iceland. It has been a terrible tournament for the Albiceleste some far though, having been held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland before losing heavily 3-0 against Croatia. That is just about as bad of a performance as you would ever see from the South Americans. Despite all of that they are still alive and a win in this fixture, coupled with Iceland losing against Croatia would see them squeeze through to the knockout phase. If Iceland were to win then Argentina would have to take victory by two more goals than what Iceland win their game by. Argentina have not looked a great side and in the bet365 correct score market an Argentina 1-0 result is at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.). As a draw is likely to be enough for Nigeria the impetus will be on the South Americans come out and attack.

Argentina have lost three of their last six games (W2 D1) and you could see their heads drop as Croatia powered their way past them. The Albiceleste have been really poor in the middle of the park and they have offered no service for Lionel Messi, who has had to come deep looking for the ball in both of their games so far. Argentina needs something special from their star man in this one and Messi is a 4/6 anytime goalscorer option for this game* (Betting Odds were taken from June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.). Argentina were on a seven-match scoring streak before their loss against Croatia, scoring at least two goals in four of the games in that sequence. Can they avoid embarrassment in this crucial Group D qualification match? This is likely to be a tight affair and under 2.5 goals is at even money with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.).

Nigeria v Argentina Head to Head

There have been eight previous matches between these two nations and Argentina are 5-2 ahead from those meetings. The last four games between have all been very high-scoring affairs, producing at least four goals in each fixture. With Argentina playing so poorly so far we don’t expect this one to get to that level. Argentina lost 4-2 against Nigeria in a friendly back in November and from their three previous World Cup meetings, Argentina have won all of them by a one goal margin.

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Nigeria v Argentina Betting Odds*

Argentina 1/2
Draw 15/4
Nigeria 6/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.)

Nigeria v Argentina Predictions

It has been dreadful and clueless stuff from Argentina, but they do have those big game match winners and Nigeria are nothing more than an average side. You know that somewhere along the line Argentina are going to get chances in this one and we can see them pulling out by the skin of their teeth, a one goal margin victory. That is our bold Nigeria v Argentina prediction.