While Nigeria aren’t quite drinking in the last chance saloon at World Cup 2018, they surely need to pick up at least a draw here against Iceland to have a chance of progressing to the last 16 for the second consecutive edition. The Icelanders, playing in their first ever World Cup, will be having similar thoughts after picking up a point against Argentina. Here’s our Nigeria vs Iceland betting tips.
It would be fair to say that the Super Eagles had their wings clipped by Croatia in their opening 0-2 defeat in Group D, and their supporters were rather disgruntled with coach Gernot Rohr’s defensive tactics; a midfield three of Obi Mikel-Ndidi-Etebo isn’t going to provide Odion Ighalo with the support he needs in attack.
There were no such problems for Iceland, who had a plan to stifle Argentina and stuck to it religiously. They enjoyed just 28% possession of the ball, but who cares? They got the point they wanted.
How will this clash of styles affect the outcome in Volgograd on Friday? Let’s take a look in our Nigeria vs Iceland betting tips.
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Nigeria vs Iceland Betting Tips
They may have the best kit of all the nations at World Cup 2018, but now Nigeria need to show that their football can match their sartorial elegance.
This is a squad packed with pace and trickery, and yet in their defeat to Croatia they looked stifled and completely lacking in attacking ideas.
They desperately need a number ten to support Ighalo, and you wonder if Kelechi Iheanacho or even Ahmed Musa might be introduced against Iceland, with Alex Iwobi moving inside.
It will be interesting to see how the Icelanders approach the game too. As we say at Euro 2016, this is an outfit that produces performances greater than the sum of their parts, but you do sense that Heimir Hallgrimsson is more at home setting up his team in a rigid, defensive pattern rather than having to force the game.
If Rohr goes with a defensive midfield three once more, then this game could descend into something of a dogfight, and in those instances we would perhaps favour Iceland….but only just.
Neither side particularly appeals here, but we can have a free swing (almost) by backing Iceland Draw No Bet at 17/20 with William Hill.
Nigeria vs Iceland Betting Tips: Side Markets
This may be one of those matches where punters are advised to wait for team selections prior to placing their bets.
We will learn a lot about Nigeria’s intent from their starting eleven, but rest assured if they go with a defence-minded midfield once again this will be a tight and conservative affair.
And conditions in Volgograd – the mercury stays at around 30 degrees even at night here – will sap the strength and energy from the players’ legs; again, not conducive to a goal-fest.
And so we have to take NetBet on: 5/7 on Both Teams to Score – No is too good to miss.