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Argentina vs. Iceland: Can the Icelanders Contain Messi?

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Argentina vs. Iceland - World Cup Betting Preview

The 2018 World Cup kicks off next month. With the tournament on the horizon, World Cup sports betting fans have begun to size up this year’s action. To help bettors prepare, we’ve begun sizing up some of the biggest matchups of this year’s tournament. Today we take a look at the Argentina vs. Iceland pairing. What kind of matchup will the 3 team teaser odds predict?

2018 World Cup – Argentina vs. Iceland – Saturday, June 16th       

When: 9:00 am ET

Where: Otkritie Arena, Moscow, Russia

TV: Fox

Stream: Fox Sports Go

World Cup Sports Betting Odds:

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Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Argentina -1½ (+115) 2 (+125) -285
Iceland +1½ (-130) 2 (-140) +1195
Argentina/Iceland Draw +380
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Argentina 

The 2014 World Cup runner ups will be looking to duplicate the success they enjoyed in the most previous tournament. Albeit, the Argentinians will be vying to win the whole thing this time around. All in all, Argentina enters this year’s World Cup with some of the best players in the world. Firstly, Lionel Messi is one of the most recognizable faces in the sport and rightfully so. And although Argentina hasn’t been able to milk Messi as successfully as Barcelona has, he’s still on the mind of every defender they face. That kind of power helps your other strikers find more opportunities in scoring. However, it should be noted that Argentina is not that particularly strong defensively. That said, most of their matchups could end up turning into shootouts.

Players to Watch: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), and Angel Di Maria (PSG).

Iceland 

Iceland isn’t as notorious on the World Cup stage and the sportsbook betting odds for this matchup make that perfectly clear. So what chance do the Icelanders have against Argentina? Not much to be honest. After all, this is their first appearance at an international tournament, let alone a World Cup. Unless Iceland is able to borrow some inaugural magic from the Vegas Golden Knights, they should be eliminated in the group stage in spectacular fashion.

Players to Watch: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton), Alfred Finnbogason (FC Augsburg), and Kolbeinn Sigborsson (Nantes).

Argentina vs. Iceland || 2018 World Cup Betting Predictions

Trends

  • Argentina is 3-2-1 SU in their last 6 Games
  • Argentina has scored 9 goals in their last 6 Games
  • The Argentinians have allowed 11 goals in their last 6 Games
  • Iceland is 2-3-1 SU in their last 6 Games
  • Iceland has scored 9 goals in their last 6 Games
  • The Icelanders have allowed 10 goals in their last 6 Games
Argentina vs. Iceland || 2018 World Cup Betting Picks

So which team should sportsbook betting players favor in this Argentina vs. Iceland World Cup matchup? Obviously Argentina is the only way to bet in this matchup. However the steep odds make them a poor option straight up. Alternatively, bettors can take them to cover that slim 1 ½ goal spread. The OVER on the TOTAL is also a great option in this matchup, considering how many goals Iceland allows as well as how elite the Argentinians offense is. Sign up today to get in on this soccer betting action!

Score Prediction: 3-0 Argentina. Messi leads Argentina to a strong start in the 2018 World Cup.

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