Free World Cup Pick Argentina vs Iceland
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Argentina vs. Iceland
Date: Saturday, June 16th
Time: 11:00 AM ET
Venue: Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia
World Cup Moneyline Odds: Argentina -275, Iceland +900
World Cup Spread Betting Odds: Argentina -1.5
World Cup Betting Total: 2
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Argentina is always a favourite in any international competition. They have a proud history on the pitch and one of the all time greats in Lionel Messi. Iceland does not have nearly the lineage or the talent but they raised some eyebrows at the last Euro. You can tell from the line that not much is being expected of them. This is going to be their first World Cup appearance and a very difficult opponent.
Argentina were the runner’s up four years ago in Brazil. They are definitely one of the world’s soccer powers though they have not won the World Cup since 1986. Even though they advance all the way to the finals of the event their play was not super inspiring, scoring just 8 goals over 7 games. Messi is one of the greatest but in World Cup matches he has not produced as much as in other competitions. Hard to say whether it is tactics by the club, opponents, or anything else.
The combination of Messi and Sergio Aguero should provide plenty of goal scoring for Argentina which they might need due to the fact that goalkeeper Sergio Romero is out with a knee injury. The odds of his replacement swinging the difference in any one match are slim but if the Argentines hit the back of the net a few times it will definitely not make a difference. They will have to be patient against Iceland.
Iceland was good in World Cup qualifying but now they have to prove they can handle being on the biggest stage and it doesn’t get much bigger than taking on Argentina. The first game of this tournament really sets the tone for teams that are underdogs who might just be playing for a draw. That is likely the goal for Iceland in this one and it would definitely garner a lot of attention.
Despite their organization and determination Iceland is never going to be able to compete based on raw talent. The simple fact is that they are a very small nation and have very few players competing at high levels in the best leagues. The primary exception is Gylfi Sigursson who plays for Everton. He is just not one of those true difference maker types.
The other player they are going to be looking for some offense from is Alfred Finnbogason who plays for Augsburg in the Bundesliga. Even though he has had success he is not the fearsome scorer a la Messi or Aguero. The Iceland approach is to be solid and hope that the Argentines make a mistake they can capitalize on. They are not going to be the ones to force the action.
Free Argentina vs Iceland World Cup Prediction:
If you read the odds properly it looks like they are predicting a 2-0 or 3-1 result for Argentina. There is definitely a chance that Argentina gets their mojo going and puts up a really crooked number but is really hard to see how Iceland is going to score all that much. They just don’t have the raw material.
I am seeing that that game will essentially play to form. Argentina should win it and it wouldn’t surprise me if they put the goals they need to cover in a short flurry and then the game kind of reverts to a stalemate. Its the first game for both teams and thus likely to start slow.
4* Free World Cup Betting Pick: Argentina to Win
There is little value in betting Argentina on the moneyline. I do expect them to be able to break through and maybe even give up a goal so I am suggesting going with an over bet. Of course Iceland is going to try and muck things up but I trust Argentina to score.
World Cup Free Score Prediction: Argentina 3 – Iceland 1
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