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Nigeria v Argentina Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Argentina v Nigeria- World Cup 2018
Nigeria v Argentina Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 26th June -3.00 p.m 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.

Nigeria News and Form

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. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

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.

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.  
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Argentina v Croatia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Argentina v Croatia- World Cup 2018
Argentina v Croatia Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 21st June - 7.00 p.m (Full time: 0:3 - goals: Rebic 53', Modric 80', Raketic 90+1') Argentina are now going to be severely tested. They came up short in their opener against Iceland as they had to settle for a draw and what we saw from the Albiceleste in qualification, was evident in that game. They just lack a serious threat going forward and there are clear vulnerabilities in their defence. Croatia have the chance to go out and rough them up a bit and three points for the Europeans would put them through to the next round of the competition. That’s a huge incentive and our Argentina v Croatia predictions can see value in backing the Europeans.

Argentina News and Form

Argentina are going to feel the pressure of needing to win this fixture. They could only manage that 1-1 draw against Iceland in their opener and against such a well organised defence, Argentina looked to have run out of ideas quickly in how to break them down. They were very static and had no injection of pace unless it was Lionel Messi picking the ball up deep. Messi missed a chance to open his account for the tournament from the penalty spot. Now they have to try and lift themselves for another tough challenge as Croatia will have no problems challenging them. This was always going to be a tight group and now Argentina have a little bit of work to do. Under 2.5 goals for the game is at 13/20 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.) as the Albiceleste don’t look like running riot in front of goal and this should be a really closely fought contest. Lionel Messi didn’t really get much space in which to work against Iceland but the Barcelona man is the 10/3 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.) for this one. It was Sergio Aguero who got their opener, netting his first ever World Cup goal for his country, but he was barely in the game besides that. Argentina are W2 D2 L1 in their last five games so they aren’t quite on top of their game and one of those two wins happened against Haiti. The two wins in that run of games were both with a clean sheet though, so if they concede they have been prone to not winning games. Croatia will pose a threat and both teams to score in this one is at 19/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.). They just don’t quite look organised, or if they know just what their best side or their best set up is. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Croatia News and Form

Croatia opened their World Cup account with a 2-0 victory over Nigeria and that was a good start in a tricky fixture. They got their three points and that is three victories that they have collected in their last four games. Croatia will pose a different challenge to Argentina because they will get the ball in the middle of the park whereas Iceland just sat back. That is an area where Croatia will be able to compete strongly. Croatia have scoring threats, notably through Mario Mandzukic who is an 11/4 anytime goalscorer option with Andrej Kramaric at 10/3 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.). Given that Croatia have a bit of a cushion of those three points, a draw in this one wouldn’t be a bad result for them as it would leave them in a good position and a couple of points clear of Argentina. A win for them though will leave them primed to win the group. A Croatia/Draw Double Chance is great value at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.).

Argentina v Croatia Head to Head

This will be the fourth meeting between Argentina and Croatia and the South Americans hold a W2 L1 lead. Their first ever clash was a World Cup fixture when they met in 1998, which is their only previous competitive meeting. Argentina collected a 1-0 win on that occasion. The other two meetings were both settled by a one-goal margin as well.

Argentina v Croatia Betting Odds*

Argentina evens Draw 12/5 Croatia 10/3 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.)

Argentina v Croatia Predictions

Argentina, despite all of their talent, looked flat in that opener against Iceland and lacked pace, movement and confidence. Croatia came through a tricky opener successfully and they are going to be value in Argentina v Croatia predictions in backing for a Croatia/Draw Double Chance. They have the chance to make a big statement here.  
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Argentina v Iceland Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Argentina v Iceland- World Cup 2018
Argentina v Iceland Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 16th June - 2.00 p.m (Full time: 1:1 - goals: (Full time: 1:1 - goals: AgĂĽero 19' - Finnbogason 23') What a fascinating game this should be from Group D. Here you have Iceland who are making their World Cup debut and who proved at Euro 2016 a team spirit and self-belief alone can get you a long way. Will Argentina, the 2014 runners-up, be able to find a way to break the spirited Europeans? Argentina will be looking for a positive start in what is a potentially tricky group which they are favourites to win.

Argentina News and Form

Punters have not been afraid to oppose Argentina by backing Croatia to win Group D. That has all come about because Argentina failed to produce a very convincing World Cup 2018 qualification campaign. They struggled for goals and they struggled for away form. So it was very impressive stuff from them, but then again they did not look particularly great at the 2014 World Cup but still managed to finish second. The South Americans will be looking for a confident start going to give themselves a good platform to build on in what should be a competitive group with Croatia and Nigeria to come. For our Argentina v Iceland predictions we are taking a look in the bet365 correct score market where an Argentina 1-0 result is at 4/1 odds* (betting odds taken on June 11, 2018, at 7:20 p.m.).

Argentina v Iceland World Cup 2018 Infographic

That will again be based on their lack of goal output during qualification. So while they are favourites for this game they may not be able to produce a victory by a large margin. Despite the wealth of attacking talent that they do have it’s not very often you see them playing at a high tempo or in full out attack mode. They are able unfortunate enough to be able to rely on the brilliance of Lionel Messi who is the 11/5 odds first goalscorer favourite* (betting odds taken on June 11, 2018, at 7:20 p.m.) at bet365. Argentina’s record since the start of September last year reads W4 D3 L2 those two losses have happened in their last four games. Interestingly one of the defeats at the Albiceleste suffered in that sequence of games was against Nigeria who they will be meeting at the World Cup in the group stage. Anyway, looking at the positive for Argentina the South Americans have scored at least two goals in three of their last four games and are currently on a six-match scoring streak. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Iceland News and Form

Iceland have a tremendous work rate and tremendous team spirit, but will that combine enough to rattle the cage of Argentina? After their huge tremendous success at Euro 2016 and then following that up by winning their World Cup 2018 qualification group over Croatia, it hasn’t installed much belief with punters that they are going to have a huge impact in their World Cup debut. They are rank outsiders in Group D and that is a pretty fair assessment given that the form of Iceland hasn’t been great in their buildup. So for Argentina v Iceland predictions, the Europeans are not going to have a tremendous amount of appeal to produce a shock victory. Iceland have produced only a W1 D2 L4 record in their last seven games and surprisingly they have been badly exposed in defence during a sequence. In each of their last four games Iceland have conceded at least two goals and in three of those four games, Iceland conceded exactly 3 goals. So their defence looks there for the taking at the moment and that is going to be problematic for them in trying to keep Argentina’s attack quiet. Iceland have scored in all but one of their last nine games and you are looking at 6/4 odds on the bet365 both teams to score option* (betting odds taken on June 11, 2018, at 7:20 p.m.). As another of our Argentina v Iceland predictions, it may be worth looking over 2.5 goals as a long shot alternative, and that is because three of Argentina’s last four games and each of Iceland’s last four, have all made it above the 2.5 goal line.

Argentina v Iceland Head to Head

The two nations will be breaking new ground in this fixture as they have never met before.

Argentina v Iceland Betting Odds*

Argentina 1/3 Draw 7/2 Iceland 10/1 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.)

Argentina v Iceland Predictions

Argentina may well find Iceland a tricky and unusual opponent to have to deal with, and the Albiceleste weren’t all that great through qualification. But they do have the individual talent there to handle themselves and it is worth backing the South Americans to come through this test with a victory but consider the draw/Argentina half-time/ full-time option.  
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Who will be top South American team at the World Cup 2018?

World Cup 2018 Betting
Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay could be the lively South American teams in Russia this summer Brazil finished top of CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying and you can make a strong case for the five-time winners when it comes to being the top South American team at the 2018 tournament. Tite has been a revelation since replacing Dunga as manager of the Selecao, with the Brazilians only losing one of their eighteen matches to finish ten points clear of the chasing pack. Brazil have some ridiculously talented players in the squad, including Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, although there are doubts over the former considering that the PSG star effectively missed the second half of the domestic season with an injury. Even so, the Brazilians are trading at even money with BetVictor* (betting odds taken from BetVictor on June 13th, 2018 at 4:40 a.m.) to be the pride of South America and those odds will tumble if Argentina slip up during the group stage, with La Albiceleste finishing third in CONMEBOL qualifying and they were handed a group that includes Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland.

Can Albiceleste make a deep run?

While Lionel Messi & Co are still favourites to win their section, it shouldn’t come as a total shock if they do slip up after three difficult matches and they are trading very short despite the attacking motives of coach Jorge Sampaoli. It’s easier to be confident about Uruguay’s chances and Oscar Tabarez will be confident that his team can win Group A and overcome the potential challenge of Portugal in the last sixteen stage – providing that the latter actually qualify. [bbutton bookmaker="BetVictor"]

Top South American Team odds*

Brazil evens Argetnian 2/1 Uruguya 6/1 Colombia 7/1 Peru 33/1 * (betting odds taken from BetVictor on June 13th, 2018 at 4:40 a.m.)

Uruguay look confident

So we could be looking at the Uruguayans lining up at the last eight stage of the competition, with the front two of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez likely to be a handful for any opponent, while Diego Godin will look to marshal a defence to the effect that has helped Atletico Madrid have yet another great campaign. There are two other South American teams worthy of consideration, with Colombia having gone largely unnoticed in Group H for what looks to be an open section, although this team were just a point behind Argentina in qualifying. There might be a lack of ambition within the ranks considering their fairly modest World Cup record, with a quarter final berth potentially the height of their achievements as was the case at the previous World Cup when they were beaten by hosts Brazil.

World Cup 2018 outright winner odds*

Brazil 4/1 Germany 5/1 Spain 6/1 France 6/1 Argentina 9/1 Belgium 10/1 England 16/1 Portugal 25/1 Uruguay 25/1 Croatia 33/1 Columbia 40/1 Russia 40/1 Poland 66/1 Denmark 100/1 Mexico 100/1 Switzerland 125/1 Sweden 150/1 Peru 150/1 Bar 200/1 * (Betting Odds taken from BetVictor on June 13th, 2018 at 4.18 a.m.)

The South American underdogs

Finally, we have Peru, a side that came through a play-off to reach Russia although they’re not here to make up the numbers. The Incas will be confident they can get ahead of Australia and Denmark to qualify from Group C, although points were at a premium away from home and one wonders how they might adjust to conditions in Russia considering this isn’t a team with a lot of big tournament experience.
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World Cup 2018 Group D betting preview and prediction

World Cup 2018 Betting
Argentina could be overhauled by Croatia in World Cup Group D, with Iceland and Nigeria potentially throwing a spanner in the works The bookmakers will be looking to get some favourites beaten during the World Cup group stage and perhaps they will benefit from Argentina finding things tougher than the odds suggest in Group D.

Tough challenge for Argentina

La Albiceleste’s first opponents in Russia are Iceland, a team who made the last eight of the 2016 European Championship and their run included a draw against eventual winners Portugal and a 2-1 victory against England. Argentina are 2/7 odds* (betting odds taken from William Hill on June 9th at 00:35 AM) to win their tournament opener. Iceland also won their group and won’t be fazed by the prospect of clashing with Lionel Messi et al, with the weight of expectation firmly on the shoulders of an attack-minded team who have defensive issues.

Group D Winner Odds*

Argetnina 4/6 Croatia 7/4 Nigeria 9/1 Iceland 14/1 * (betting odds taken from William Hill on June 9th at 00:35 AM) We saw Argentina lose 6-1 to Spain in a relatively recent friendly and manager Jorge Sampaoli knows that the best way for his team to defend is get on the ball and hope that they can cause damage at the other end. Along with Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain mean that Argentina are dripping with quality and Angel Di Maria comes into the World Cup after another excellent campaign for PSG.

Group D To Qualify Odds*

Argentina 1/8 Croatia ½ Nigeria 9/4 Iceland 11/4 * (betting odds taken from William Hill on June 9th at 00:35 AM) However, this is a tough group for the South American side, with Croatia and Nigeria also likely to ask questions of a team who made heavy weather of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Like Diego Maradona in World Cups gone by, Messi will be the subject of special attention and we shouldn’t be surprised if the Barcelona superstar is marked out of the tournament.

World Cup 2018 outright winner odds at William Hill*

Brazil 4/1 Germany 9/2 Spain 6/1 France 11/2 Argentina 9/1 Belgium 11/1 England 16/1 Portugal 25/1 Uruguay 25/1 Croatia 28/1 Columbia 33/1 Russia 50/1 Poland 50/1 Denmark 100/1 Mexico 100/1 Switzerland 100/1 Bar 150/1 * (betting odds taken on June 6, 2018 at 4:03 a.m.) [bbutton bookmaker="William-Hill"]

Croatia to challenge for top spot?

Croatia look like a team capable of finishing top of Group D, despite needing a play-off against Greece to make sure of their World Cup spot, with the former coming through comfortably in the end. Croatia are 12/5 odds* (betting odds taken from William Hill on June 9th at 00:35 AM) to win Group D. Despite an unconvincing qualifying campaign, there is plenty of quality within the Croatian ranks and the midfield department boasts super playmakers Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic who should be able to control things from that department. Mario Mandzukic continues to be a handful in attack for the team, with Dejan Lovren having accrued some decent game time for Liverpool in central defence this season and helping his team reach the Champions League final.

Super Eagles to misfire?

Nigeria have been handed a really tough assignment and look a decent bet to finish bottom of the section, with the African side facing Croatia in their opener before tricky matches against Iceland and then Argentina. While manager Gernot Rohr seems to have steadied the ship at international level, the team spirit is still open to cracks when the going gets tough and Victor Moses is effectively their most important player which doesn’t speak volumes. Ex-Chelsea man Jon Obi Mikel is captain and midfield general. [bbutton bookmaker="William-Hill"]

Group D Betting Tips

Croatia to win Group D @ 5/2* (betting odds taken from William Hill on June 9th at 00:35 AM) Nigeria to finish bottom of Group D @ 6/4 * (betting odds taken from William Hill on June 9th at 00:35 AM)  
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World Cup 2018 Argentina Betting – Chances, Odds & Group Fixtures

Messi (Argentina)
Argentina's chances at the World Cup 2018 Argentina may well have the best player in the world in Lionel Messi however they don’t have the greatest form in the world at the moment. There could be a difficult campaign ahead of them in Russia. Argentina are a side who have depth and quality and they can call on some of the biggest stars in the world. But seeing them put it all together as a cohesive team is a totally different matter altogether. Argentina are running at a flattering 9/1 odds price at bet365* (betting odds taken on May 18th, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.) to win the World Cup 2018. But given the struggles that they had in qualification and otherwise indifferent form they don’t appear to be as strong as some of the other front-runners heading to the summer tournament. They have the individual quality but do they have the team mentality? [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Argentina World Cup 2018 Fixtures - Group Stage

  Argentina are drawn in Group D for Russia 2018 and there they will be facing Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria. On the surface of things that doesn’t look to be too difficult a task for the South Americans. However when you break it down, their opponents are going to each offer a different challenge for Argentina. Argentina open against Iceland on Saturday, June 16 in Moscow and while they are favourites to win that, punters probably won’t be too afraid of backing Iceland to get something out of the game given how strong their qualification campaign was and what they produced at Euro 2016. It is Argentina’s second match in Group D which is really going to be the test as they face more European opposition in the form of Croatia. Croatia have one of the best midfields heading to the tournament and they are a real dark horse option. Croatia do look as if they have the tools to potentially upset Argentina and beat them to top spot in the group. The game between the two of them on Thursday, June 21 is going to be a fascinating tussle. Argentina are 10/11 favourites to win* (betting odds taken on May 18th, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.) the game but there is the appeal of Croatia at 4/1 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on May 18th, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.). Argentina will close out the group stage campaign against Nigeria on June 26 and depending on how they have performed against Iceland and Croatia, there could be some pressure on the South Americans going into it. Argentina holds a 5-2 head to head lead against Nigeria with the one drawn match and from the three previous games against Croatia, Argentina are 2-1 ahead. The most recent meeting was a friendly in 2014 which Argentina won and one of the three previous meetings was in the 1998 World Cup with the South Americans taking a one-nil win on that occasion.

Argentina Stage of Elimination

If you push them through in qualifying from the group stage then their route is going to be dependent on whether they win the group not. Going through in second place could put them against France in the round of 16 while if they could top the group it would more likely be a game against Denmark in the first knockout stage. Argentina are 6/1 odds to get eliminated* (betting odds taken on May 18th, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.) in the group stage well they are a more realistic 9/4 odds quote at bet365* (betting odds taken on May 18th, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.) to have their tournament ended in the round of 16.

Argentina Top Goalscorer

There is only one player that punters are going to be thinking about in the Argentina top goalscorer market is Lionel Messi who is 4/6 odds-on favourite* (betting odds taken on May 18th, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.) to finish the tournament as Argentina’s top goalscorer. Considering the tremendous season that he has found a club level with Barcelona it does make sense to back him. Other options that Argentina have in the goal scoring department are primarily Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero who are joint 8/1 second favourites* (betting odds taken on May 18th, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.).

Outright Odds* for the World Cup 2018

Brazil 4/1, Germany 9/2, Spain 6/1, France 13/2, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 33/1, Croatia 33/1, bar 40/1* (Betting Odds taken at 5:27 p.m. on May 16th, 2018)

Predictions

prediction group win world cup 2018 Argentina have not had a great couple of years and they really have the struggles of times during qualification with opposing teams not having a great deal of difficulty in shutting them down. That’s a huge concern for the South Americans as they head to Russia 2018.  With no great form behind them, they do have some of the best-attacking players in the world, but it just does not seem to come together for them often enough. Seeing them make repeat run to the Final as they did four years ago looks highly unlikely and they get a tough challenge in the group stage as well. While we can see them squeezing the way out of the group stage we don’t see them progressing beyond the round of 16 and they are 9/4 odds* (betting odds taken on May 18th, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.) to be packing their bags at that stage.
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Spain v Argentina Predictions & Betting Odds – 27th March 2018

Rodrigo - Iniesta (Spain)
Spain v Argentina Betting Preview - 27th March 2018 Spain have certainly put themselves about in this international break. After playing out a draw with the reigning World Championship Germany on Friday night, the Spaniards get a shot at Argentina. Spain are on a long unbeaten streak of form, can they continue it? Argentina were comfortable winners over Italy on Friday, but Lionel Messi didn’t see any action.

Spain v Argentina Betting Tips

Spain went to Germany on Friday night and earned a 1-1 draw against the World Champions. That means that they stay undefeated since Euro 2016 which is a fantastic record. So they are in some strong form at the moment and looked comfortable against the Germans with Rodrigo opening the scoring for the Spaniards in the sixth minute before Thomas Muller equalised for the hosts. Neither side really pushed on much in the second half. So that is back to back draws for Spain now having played out a 3-3 tie with Russia back in November. Because of their long stretch of unbeaten form they are value to avoid defeat in this one and in the bet365 correct score market a 1-1 draw is at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 04:22 p.m. on March 25th, 2018). The Spaniards have five clean sheets in their last seven games and this will probably go under 2.5 goals as well. 2010 was the last time that Spain and Argentina met up in what was a friendly. Argentina romped to a 4-1 win on that occasion with both Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero on the scoresheet that day. Spain had won the two previous meetings 2-1 (friendly matches) and that leaves things at two wins each in the last four meetings. Argentina took on Italy at the Etihad on Friday night, the South Americans taking a 2-0 win in that fixture. They looked comfortable on the ball, dominated possession for most of the game and just had to be patient to take their chances in the second half. Argentina didn’t put together a convincing World Cup qualification campaign but they are side stacked with talent if they can put it all together. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 8/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 04:22 p.m. on March 25th, 2018). Argentina have only lost one of their last nine games played now which was a surprising friendly loss against Nigeria last November, and the South Americans have won three of their last four. Head coach Jorge Sampaoli may just be getting them going in the right direction at the right time.

Spain v Argentina Betting Odds*

Spain even money, Draw 23/10, Argentina* (Betting Odds taken at 04:22 p.m. on March 25th, 2018)

Spain v Argentina Predictions

The draw looks the most sense to throw some weight at in this one. Both are patient sides who like to move the ball around. Arguably Spain are much better at doing so but will get a stern test from the South Americans, who are likely to give Messi a run out.
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Argentina v Italy Predictions & Betting Odds – 23rd March 2018

Football Betting
Argentina v Italy Betting Preview - International Friendly 23rd March This should be a pretty interesting contest between two of the giants of international football. Unfortunately only Argentina will be at the World Cup as the Italians had that blow out against Sweden in the play off round. So they are looking to get themselves a bit of confidence back, while it is momentum that Argentina needs.

Argentina v Italy Betting Tips

It was not a great World Cup qualification campaign from the Albiceleste at all. They struggled to put things together as an attacking unit and only Bolivia, who finished second bottom of their CONMEBOL qualification, managed to score fewer goals than Argentina did. But Argentina got across the line after Jorge Sampaoli came in to finish off the managerial job with them in the qualifiers. His inclusion as head coach makes Argentina a fascinating prospect. While he didn’t change a lot in trying to get Argentina over the qualification finishing line, he likes his sides to generally play a more open, attacking game. This will be a test for them against a side who keep the ball away from them, and Argentina lost their last friendly, a 2-4 defeat against Nigeria in Russia last November. Even though this is a talented Argentina side this will probably be a low scoring duel and under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 3/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:31 p.m. on March 19th, 2018). Argentina really didn’t give up much defensively in World Cup qualification so they can hold their own at the back. They are stacked with offensive talent and Lionel Messi is the 21/10* (Betting Odds taken at 3:31 p.m. on March 19th, 2018) anytime goalscorer market for the fixture. Italy have a striker in brilliant form as well this season as Lazio’s Ciro Immobile who is the current Serie A top scorer. However, again with all of the attacking might that could be on show, if either land a victory in this fixture you would imagine that it would be with a clean sheet and both teams not to score is at even money. This game is being played at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. Italy are W2 D2 L1 in their last five games and they have all gone under 2.5 goals. Their World Cup qualification campaign came to an end with a play off defeat against Sweden so they will be putting their feet up for the summer. Serving as the caretaker head coach is Luigi Di Biagio at the moment, with rumours that Chelsea’s Antonio Conte is favourite to take over full time. Italy will face England on March 27th and are good friendly opponents for the big teams heading to World Cup. The Italians have lost their last two games against Argentina. The two of them have met 14 times before with Argentina 6-3 ahead. This is their first friendly since 2013 when Argentina won 2-1 in Rome.

Argentina v Italy Betting Odds*

Argentina 19/20, Draw 23/10, Italy 3/1* (Betting Odds taken at 3:31 p.m. on March 19th, 2018).

Argentina v Italy Predictions

The draw looks to be a decent option to roll this with. This is on neutral territory between two sides who are generally hard to beat and so there probably won’t be too much to give between them. Will Argentina be that adventurous after their loss against Nigeria last time out? It looks even, back the draw.
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World Cup Betting 2018 Groups Draw & Winner Odds

World Cup 2018 Betting
The 21st World Cup will kick off in Russia in the middle of June 2018 and the 32 qualified nations know what lies ahead of them in the group stage. The draw for the World Cup 2018 was made in early December 2017, giving teams and fans plenty of time to get ready for the tournament. Heading back to the World Cup as the reigning champions is Germany who are running as 5/1 outright favourites with Betfair to go and collect another title. The tournament is played across eleven cities in Russia and across several different time zones as well. In order to keep things manageable though, cities in the east of the country are not being used and only one of twelve venues (Yekaterinburg) are east of the Ural mountains, the range which splits the country down the middle. World Cup 2018 Groups Draw Infographic

Tournament Debutants

Twenty of the nations who were at the 2014 World Cup will be making back to back appearances having qualified for this one. But there will be two nations making their World Cup debuts at the 2018 edition and they are Iceland and Panama. Iceland topped out their qualification group against the odds and after their stunning success with a powerful run at Euro 2016, they rode their wave of progression to become the smallest nation ever to make it through to the World Cup. Panama, with a lot of drama and a lot of luck, beat out the USA to make it through to their first ever World Cup

The Draw

The usual format for the World Cup will ensue in this edition as well, with the 32 nations split over eight groups. After a round robin format, the top two teams from each group will be making their way through to the knockout stage of the competition. If teams finish level on points in a group then goal difference will come into play and then if that is even between teams, the decider will be the number of goals scored in all group matches. The slots for the knockout stages of the competitions have been set because the positions for the round of sixteen are set. The winners of Group A will play the runners up of Group B and vice versa, and so on through the groups. So if you are expecting a certain team to win a group, such as Brazil winning Group E, then you can see where they would be placed for the knockout stage of the draw and what kind of path they have may have to go through to get to the final.

Full Group Stage Draw (seeds in bold)

  • Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
  • Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
  • Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
  • Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
  • Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
  • Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
  • Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
  • Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

World Cup Betting Odds

Germany 5/1, Brazil 5/1, France 6/1, Spain 15/2, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 12/1, England 16/1, Portugal 25/1, Russia 33/1, Uruguay 33/1, Colombia 33/1, Croatia 40/1, Poland 40/1, Denmark 80/1, Switzerland 80/1, 100/1 bar

England Odds

The Three Lions really could not have received a better draw than the one that they did get. They avoided the biggest of the seeded teams that they could have been drawn against and they have landed themselves in what should be a two-way race for top spot against Belgium. England are 11/8 second favourites at Betfair behind the Red Devils to finish top of their group, with Belgium, who are the fifth ranked team in the world, trading at odds-on of 10/11. Naturally, it is Tottenham’s Harry Kane who is the 5/4 favourite to be the top scorer for the Three Lions at the tournament. The England stage of elimination market is pretty vibrant and popular and the Last 16 is the shortest priced option at a price of 11/5. Depending on where they finish in the group, first or second, they would be playing someone from Group H which contains Poland, Senegal, Colombia or Japan in the round of sixteen.

The Favourites

There are five teams trading in single figures to win the World Cup 2017 and they are Germany, Brazil, France, Spain and Argentina. Germany produced a stunning qualification campaign by winning all ten of their matches, averaging over four goals per game and conceding just the four goals themselves in ten games. They will once again be a force to be reckoned with and they are blessed with tremendous depth as they showed with their C-squad pretty much winning the Confederations Cup in the summer of 2017. The Brazilians made light work of their CONMEBOL qualification campaign, without a doubt the most difficult qualification zone in the world. They breezed it and with the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Neymar, they will be a major force. France arguably have the most talented, the deepest squad of everyone at the tournament. They have an abundance of riches going on at the moment and no-one is going to want to face them. There is a tremendous array of talent that they can call upon, but will they have the mental fortitude to grind it out when things get a little tough, as tournament football often can do? Spain have benefitted from a nice position in the draw as if they win their group they get an easy opponent from Group A in the round of sixteen. They would first have to get through European champions Portugal first in their group. They have a lot to prove after their misfire four years ago and then again at Euro 2016. Then there is Argentina. They really struggled to get through their qualification campaign, as they could barely hit the back of the net. Because they went on the drift in the World Cup outright winner market, punters have taken a chance on them. Despite their lack of scoring in the qualification campaign, they have an attack-minded manager in Jorge Sampaoli so it will be interesting to see how they approach the tournament. With the pressure of qualification off, can Sampaoli pull things together and get La Albiceleste going for World Cup?

Prediction

Spain are appealing because of their draw, but ultimately they are not the force that they were and may fall short. Argentina have a lot prove, despite having tremendous talent in their squad, so the favouritism has to fall towards either Germany or Brazil really. It is questionable as to whether or not Brazil really have a Plan B up their sleeve and just because of the sheer depth of talent that the Germans can bring to the table, there could be a momentous occasion in becoming just the third nation ever to successfully retain the title (Italy 1934 and 1938, Brazil 1958-1962). So Germany goes as our tip at 9/1 with Betfair while our dark horse will be Poland. At Euro 2016 they match Germany in their group stage campaign and they have Robert Lewandowski and the geographical situation won’t be too unfamiliar for them really. Given that they could face a decent draw in the round of sixteen, they could make a splash.
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England cut to 16/1 in World Cup 2018 betting after favourable draw

World Cup 2018 Betting
England received a fantastic draw for the 2018 World Cup after luck was really on the side. The draw for next summer’s football festival was made on Friday, December 1st in Moscow and with England in danger of pulling out someone like Brazil, Argentina or Germany, things really didn’t up too badly for the Three Lions. They were drawn against Belgium in Group G, one of the seeded teams for the tournament and then came along Tunisia and Panama. So it really should be easy pickings for the Three Lions and a huge chance for the nation to make amends for their major failure at the last World Cup to even get out of the group stage when they were drawn against Italy, Costa Rica and Uruguay. The favourable draw has seen Stan James trim England to 16/1 to win the World Cup next summer because they will get a pretty comfortable passage through to the knockout stages. However, down the line in winning the group, they could still meet Colombia, Brazil, France and then Germany in the final. If they finish second to Belgium they would have to go through Poland, Germany, Spain and then Brazil to win the tournament. So getting to the Final itself isn’t going to be an easy thing for the Three Lions whichever way you look at it. But they are now at 1/4 to qualify for the knockout stage of Russia 2018 and then in the round of sixteen their potential opponents could be Poland, Senegal, Colombia or Japan and again, there were far worse scenarios out there that England could have been projected ahead into at that stage. England are second favourites at 7/5 to win Group G with Belgium going as clear favourites as they are ranked fifth in the world at the moment. That group decider will happen in the final group stage match when the two European nations meet up. Betway have tossed out a price of 7/1 on England failing to get out of the group stage, which for the Three Lions begins against Tunisia on June 18th, before meeting World Cup debutants Panama on June 24th. Already England are 4/7 odds on favourites to beat African representatives Tunisia, who are 6/1 to topple Gareth Southgate's men. Other early betting options on England at the World Cup 2018 are 9/2 on them to get through the group without conceding a single goal and they are 7/1 with Betfred to get through to the next stage with three wins from three. England’s Harry Kane is the 6/4 favourite to be England’s top scorer at the tournament and 16/1 to win the Golden Boot. Brazil and the reigning champions Germany are still at the head of the market at 5/1 with Stan James but both have quietly interesting groups. Germany gets to go against Mexico, Sweden and South Korea while the Selecao faces up to Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica. France are hovering at the 6/1 mark to win the World Cup 2018 and they received a pretty handy draw in going against Peru, Denmark and Australia. Spain have been cut a little bit into 15/2 despite being drawn with reigning European Champions Portugal in the group stage. If La Roja wins that group then they will get an easy round of sixteen tie against someone from Group A, which is arguably the weakest of the groups containing Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay and Egypt. Argentina drifted in World Cup betting to 9/1 as they go against Nigeria, Croatia and Iceland but are in the most difficult section of the tournament.

World Cup 2018 draw

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

World Cup Betting Odds

Germany 5/1, Brazil 5/1, France 6/1, Spain 15/2, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 12/1, England 16/1, Portugal 25/1, Russia 33/1, Uruguay 33/1, Colombia 33/1, Croatia 40/1, Poland 40/1, Denmark 80/1, Switzerland 80/1, 100/1 bar
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