Nigeria vs Argentina Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
Nigeria vs Argentina predictions and betting tips for the World Cup 2018 Group D fixture on Tuesday 26th June at 7pm. Can Argentina save themselves from embarrassing elimination in this final Group D battle, or will it be Nigeria who ultimately come out on top in truly exhilarating style?
Fixture: Nigeria vs Argentina
UK Kick-off time: Tuesday 26th June at 7pm
Stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium
Competition: 2018 World Cup – Group D
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World Cup 2018 has proven something of a mixed bag for Nigeria. On the back of their two polarizing performances among Group D thus far, many World Cup betting tips still don’t know quite what to expect from the determined African outfit. They really could impress in no-nonsense fashion, as they certainly did against Iceland last time out, or simply fall flat on their faces, as witnessed in Nigeria’s opening bout with Croatia.
Argentina on the other hand have been well below par for a team of such undoubted talent. Whilst this is not a vintage South American outfit by any relevant stretch of the imagination, failure to proceed beyond the group-stages would be nothing short of catastrophic, especially for their talismanic main man in the shape of Lionel Messi.
Nigeria vs Argentina Predictions
Let’s not beat around the bush here. If Lionel Messi fails to help secure Argentina’s place among the latter rounds of the competition in this final Group C face-off, severe question-marks will once again be raised in the direction of the long-term Barcelona man. Messi must wholeheartedly prove his worth on the international scene if he is to eventually upstage his doubters as one of the greatest individual talents to ever grace the beautiful game.
That said, this upcoming test against the Nigerians provides the perfect opportunity in which both Messi and Argentina can re-write all their previous wrongs and begin looking forward. We make the 31-year-old an ideal first scorer according to our latest Nigeria vs Argentina predictions at the World Cup, for there is simply no time like the present for Lionel Messi to shine.
Without Ahmed Musa’s double goal-scoring contribution against Iceland last time out in Group D, Nigeria could already be booking their plane tickets home with very little to show for their efforts. The 25-year-old almost single-handedly saved his nation with his quick thinking inside the final third, and there is no reason to suggest that the former Leicester City first-teamer won’t be able to replicate his efforts in this upcoming battle with Argentina.
He may have failed to set the Premier League alight with the Foxes last season, but given his recent scoring rate at major international competitions, it seems somewhat difficult to imagine Ahmed Musa not giving the Argentine back-line major cause for concern in the not too distant future, especially if Willy Caballero remains between the sticks for Jorge Sampaoli’s side.
Argentina will have to face their critics if they are unable to get the best of what appears to be a rather ill-equipped Nigerian outfit when all is said and done. However, with Lady Luck firmly residing on their side in Russia this summer, we expect the South Americans to just about edge this one for our Nigeria vs Argentina predictions with a slim 2-1 scoreline.
Messi will most likely come to the forefront and save his team right when they need it most. Failure to do so would spark mounting controversy in footballing circles all across the globe, but as Nigeria seemingly lack the defensive organisation to keep things tight and regimented at the back, it appears as if Argentina will just about get the job done in less than ceremonial circumstances.
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