Argentina’s final group match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be against Nigeria at the St Petersburg Stadium in St Petersburg.
The Super Eagles bailed out a crestfallen Argentina by defeating Iceland and throwing open the race for round of 16 qualification. As it stands all four of the teams in group D have a chance to make it into the next round with Croatia already through.
Nigeria will be looking for a draw while Argentina will be playing for the win, with one eye on the Iceland game.
If Argentina win and Iceland beat Croatia, the team with the better goal difference between Jorge Sampaoli’s men and Iceland will book a place in the next round as runners up in their group. If Nigeria win, then they are in regardless of how Iceland –Croatia fixture plays out.
Below is out betting preview for the match. We have analysed popular betting markets to ease your work as you prepare your bet. All odds used in the post are the latest from bookie Betfair.
PREDICTION AND BETTING TIPS
This should be an easy win for Argentina, but their abysmal performances in the first two group matches has had them losing their fear factor.
Nigeria, on the contrary, lost to Croatia in their first fixture and defeated Iceland to pick up three important points.
Regardless, we expect Lionel Messi and co to step up tonight like Germany did to take all three points and potentially make it into the second round. The prospect has been quoted at a massive 1/2 while a Nigeria win has been priced at 11/2. A draw is a 4/1 bet.
Despite disappointing in the World Cup so far, Messi is still tipped to be the likeliest to put Argentina ahead. He has been quoted at 23/1o to break the deadlock and 4/7 to score anytime. Gonzalo Higuan, who has only been brought in as a substitute thus far, has been quoted at 7/2 to be the first on the scoresheet and EVS to score anytime. He sits ahead of Paulo Dybala – who was also a late substitute in the game against Croatia – and Sergio Aguero who are both at 4/1 to open the scoring and 7/5 and 13/10 to score anytime respectively. Odion Ighalo is the highest-placed Nigerian on the probability list at 15/2 to score the first goal and 13/5 to score anytime.
OVER/UNDER 2.5 MATCH GOALS
The last four clashes between these sides have each produced four or more goals. We don’t expect that change with either team expected to push men forward in a bid to bag all three points.
The over 2.5 goals prospect can be backed at 13/20, while the contrary is a more lucrative 5/4.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
The last four fixtures involving the two sides have had either team finding the back of the net. We predict tonight will be the fifth time in a row that happens – a possibility set high at 3/4 on Betfair. The contrary is down at 11/10.