World Cup 2018: Nigeria vs Iceland Preview

Nigeria needs a win this one to stay alive in this tournament with all other three teams managing to get points they need to post some points on the table as well if they lose they are most certainly out of the world cup and gives Iceland a handsome chance to qualify for the round of 16 in their 1st world cup ever

World Cup 2018: Nigeria vs Iceland Preview
World Cup 2018: Nigeria vs Iceland Preview

Nigeria vs Iceland
World Cup 2018 Group D
Date: Friday, 22 June 2018
Kick-Off at 16:00 UK / 17:00 CET
Venue: Volgograd Arena, Volgograd.

  • Iceland earned a massive point on their World Cup debut showing a fabulous defensive performance against Argentina.
  • Nigeria provided nothing in the final third against Croatia.
  • The Super Eagles will certainly find it tough to break Iceland’s rock-solid defense when two sides take on each other for the first time in history.

Nigeria Team News

  • Gernot Rohr does not have plenty of options for changes after the poor display in the first game.
  • He will likely use the same starting line-up from the match against Croatia.
  • Odion Ighalo is still favored to lead the line over Kelechi Iheanacho.
  • The former Lazio man Ogenyi Onazi could take Etebo’s place as the defensive midfielder.

Nigeria Predicted Starting Eleven (4-2-3-1)

Uzoho – Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Idowu – Ndidi, Onazi (Etebo) – Iwobi, Obinna, Moses – Ighalo.

Iceland Team News

  • Heimir Hallgrimsson does not have a reason to change anything from the first match against Argentina.
  • Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson should get more room to be creative up front, though.
  • He’ll start right behind Alfred Finnbogason who scored team’s maiden goal at the competition.
  • Arnason and Ragnar Sigurdsson make the rock-solid pair at the centre-back and breaking them down will be a massive challenge for the non-inspiring Nigerian attack.

Iceland Predicted Starting Eleven (4-4-1-1)

Halldorsson – Saevarsson, Arnason, Sigurdsson, Magnusson – Gudmundsson, Gunnarsson, Hallfredsson, Bjarnason – Sigurdsson – Finnbogason.

Nigeria Iceland Head-to-head

The two teams are about to lock horns for the first time ever on Friday.

Predicted Full-Time Result is a goalless draw in what is expected to be a very tight affair at Volgograd Arena.

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