Nigeria vs Iceland betting tips: World Cup match preview & predictions

Nigeria vs Iceland prediction: Nigeria 1-2 Iceland

Neither side comes into this match in good form, although Iceland will be buoyed by their valiant performance against Argentina.

Iceland are in search of their first ever World Cup finals victory.

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Nigeria vs Iceland: Who will win?

Iceland are 17/10 favourites to win while Nigeria can be back at 17/10.

A draw between Nigeria and Iceland is rated at 11/5.

Alfred Finnbogason and Kelechi Iheanacho are both 6/1 to be the first goalscorer.


Alfred Finnbogason

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 16: Alfred Finnbogason of Iceland celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Iceland at Spartak Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Nigeria vs Iceland match preview

Group D continues on Friday afternoon with Nigeria taking on Iceland at the Volgograd Arena.

Iceland did brilliantly to hold Argentina to a 1-1 draw in their first ever World Cup match.

Sergio Aguero opened the scoring but Argentina’s lead lasted less than five minutes as Alfred Finnbogason equalised for the tournament’s smallest country.

Whatever happens to Iceland at this World Cup, the smallest ever country to compete at this stage will have Hannes Halldorsson’s penalty save from Leo Messi.

However, Iceland’s recent form isn’t great ahead of the Nigeria clash.

Iceland have now drawn their last two matches and have failed to win any of their last five. That said, Heimir Hallgrímsson’s side have scored in each of their last four matches.

Can Nigeria lift themselves vs Iceland?

Nigeria’s recent record is even worse. Gernot Rohr’s side suffered a 2-0 defeat to Croatia in their opening World Cup match. The defeat is the Super Eagles’ fourth in five matches.

Defeat for Nigeria would confirm their elimination from the tournament, with a match to spare.

The two sides have only met once before, in a friendly in 1981. Iceland won the match 3-0.


Iceland fans

Iceland fans during the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between France and Iceland at Stade de France on July 3, 2016 in Paris, France.

Nigeria team news vs Iceland

Leon Balogun, who was a doubt prior to the Croatia game, came through the match unscathed and should start once again.

Head coach Rohr could field the same eleven as that which faced Croatia.

Iceland team news vs Nigeria

Johann Berg Gudmundsson is ruled out with a calf injury picked up against Argentina.

Rurik Gislason, who came on as a substitute, is expected to start the game in Gudmundsson’s absence.

Aside from that, Iceland are expected to field the same team which held Argentina.

Nigeria predicted line-up vs Iceland

Predicted Nigeria XI vs Iceland

Predicted Nigeria XI vs Iceland

Iceland predicted line-up vs Nigeria

Predicted Iceland XI vs Nigeria

Predicted Iceland XI vs Nigeria

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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Iceland to win vs Nigeria and both teams to score: 11/2!