Nigeria vs Iceland predictions and betting tips for the World Cup 2018 Group D fixture on Friday 22nd June at 4pm. With Salisu Yusuf’s Nigeria taking on World Cup debutantes Iceland, who will come out on top in this enticing group-stage battle?
Fixture: Nigeria vs Iceland
UK Kick-off time: Friday 22nd June at 4pm
Stadium: Volgograd Arena
Competition: 2018 World Cup – Group D
Heimir Hallgrimsson’s determined Icelandic unit arrive at the 2018 World Cup amid positive acclaim and rising expectation. Despite representing one of the few debutant teams entering a World Cup tournament for the first time this summer, Iceland’s previous showing at Euro 2016 deserves ongoing recognition.
Nigeria have recently taken the footballing world by storm with the release of their latest World Cup kits. Whilst few World Cup betting tips are expecting an equally celebratory showing out on the pitch in Russia, Salisu Yusuf’s side certainly possess the potential to excite, and that alone could eventually see them through the group-stages in style.
Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi has proven something of a polarizing figure down at the Emirates in recent seasons. Whilst the 22-year-old Nigerian arrived on the scene amid minor hype and muted hope for what his future could soon offer, Iwobi has so far failed to hit his predicted full potential in front of the North London faithful.
And whilst major international tournaments tend to break certain players in a similar place to Iwobi, perhaps in this particular instance, World Cup 2018 could prove the making of the young Arsenal front-man. The upcoming face-off with Iceland offers the perfect opportunity for Iwobi to prove his worth, hence why he represents a possible anytime scorer in line with our latest Nigeria vs Iceland betting tips at the World Cup.
Yet whilst Nigeria seemingly play host to a range of exciting individual talents who could well hit the ground running at World Cup 2018, Iceland enter the fray with an arguably more cohesive and well-drilled spirit about them. It goes without saying that Iceland must not be underestimated among the opening group-stage fixtures.
Iceland are bound to make life hard for Nigeria’s typically pacy and quick-footed wide men. Although the likes of Victor Moses and Alex Iwobi could well tear through opposing defences among this summer’s finals, expect Iceland to put up a strong fight and give the Nigerians a real run for their money.
With all of that in mind, it seems reasonable to suggest that these two sides could possibly cancel one another out among this Group D encounter. Nigeria possess the more attack-minded outfit, yet Iceland’s impressive back-line may just limit their upcoming opponents to a single goal for their efforts.
For this reason, a predicted 1-1 scoreline between Nigeria and Iceland seems like a favourable outcome. Many World Cup betting tips expect explosive scenes from Group D this summer, but perhaps this particular fixture will culminate in no such fanfare.
Alex Iwobi to score anytime – get the latest odds from William Hill.
Nigeria to draw 1-1 with Iceland – get the latest odds from William Hill.