Argentina faces Iceland in a first game from Group D of the World Cup 2018.
This match is going to be played at the Otkrytiye Arena in the capital Moscow. Let’s examine it in our vip soccer bets for World Cup 2018.
Just four years ago Argentina reached the final of the World Cup, but La Albiceleste suffered a heartbreaking defeat from the hands of Germany after extra time. Now Lionel Messi and his teammates will try to reach the final once again. And this time – to win it.
Historically speaking, Argentina are one of the most successful national teams in history. They have the World Cup twice – in 1978 and 1986, but now they are looking for their first major trophy since the Copa America won in 1993. It’s a very long time without a trophy, so everyone in Argentina is impatient to see this team winning major titles once again.
It’s kind of strange that Argentina had so much difficulties to qualify for the World Cup. La Albiceleste had a really difficult qualifying campaign in the South America region. They literally qualified in the last possible moment, beating Ecuador with a hattrick from Lionel Messi. There was a real danger that they could miss the World Cup, which would have been an incredible failure for this country.
We all saw the problems in this Argentinian team during the friendly games after the qualifying campaign as well. In November they suffered a 2-4 defeat against Nigeria. In March everything became even more concerning, when Argentina was humilated with 1-6 by Spain in Madrid. The captain of the team Lionel Messi missed the game because of an injury, but this can’t justify such a humilation for the entire nation.
Now everyone in Argentina asks the same question – is this team really ready to win the World Cup? Leo Messi said it by himself that the Argentinian team is not among the favourites for the title. It was a honest thing to say by Messi, that’s for sure.
Iceland on the other hand are enjoying their best ever period as a national team. Two years ago they reached the 1/4-finals of the Euro 2016, which was their best ever performance. Now they qualified for a first time for the World Cup. They will be a debutant in Russia.
During the qualifying campaign Iceland continued to play very good, surprisingly for many beating Croatia for the first place in Group I. This allowed them to qualify directly for the World Cup, while the Croatians had to participate in the playoffs. Iceland finished the campaign with 7 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats. In their last five games during the qualifiers they won four times and lost just once – against Finland away from home.
It was really surprising to see this team becoming so good in the last few years. Iceland are usually not among the best teams on the continent, but their solid work is the reason to become much better. The fact that this team reached the 1/4-finals of the Euro 2016 is speaking for itself. It was Iceland’s first ever participation at a big tournament.
Croatia and Nigeria are the other two teams in this group. It’s clear that Argentina and Croatia are the big favourites for the first two places, but you can be sure that Iceland and Nigeria won’t give up without a fight.
These are our vip soccer bets for the World Cup 2018 game between Argentina and Iceland in Moscow. This is going to be a great clash, we are sure about it.