Nigeria vs Iceland Today’s Soccer Prediction
With great hopes Nigeria had gone to the opening match against Croatia. Not without reason, after the successful and, above all, sovereign qualification, where you could put Cameroon and Algeria in their place. Accordingly, the performance against Croatia was then a bit sobering. Nigeria lost 0-2, with problems especially in the match. The biggest of all: Far too seldom – especially in the first half – the way to or over the wings was sought. Instead, Gernot Rohr’s squad was often over-inflated with ex-Premier League player Odeon Ighalo, who lost to Croatia’s robust defense. Above all, Alex Iwobi of Arsenal London could not meet the expectations placed in him, in our view went to little or nothing. Chelsea star Victor Moses was a bit better, but he also could not put his mark on the game. Overall, the game of the Africans seemed to be one-dimensional, only very rarely did you really get into positions you could have been looking for. So after 90 minutes only 2 finals were on the goal of the opponent to book. Defensive, however, could only slightly accuse the tube protégés. The own goal by Etebo was extremely unhappy, even the penalty foul by Ekong was absolutely avoidable. Despite his adversity, Etebo must be positively highlighted. Because: The central midfielder acted enormously ball safe, runny and also robust, was able to conquer again and again important balls and was for us the best player of his team. The fact is that Nigeria was well aware that the team still has little experience in big tournaments, with an average of less than 26 years to put the youngest troupe of the entire tournament in Russia. Against Iceland you should change your game as possible, high balls would probably be a found food for the northern Europeans. In any case, we see advantages in Nigeria in terms of speed, one more reason to push the game across the pages. The fact that they have problems against European teams, however, has also shown the preparation: In any game in 2018 Nigeria could celebrate more than one goal, was lost in June against the Czech Republic (0: 1) and England (1: 2), in In March they also lost Serbia 1: 2). By the way, this was the only one of the last 6 games in Nigeria, in which more than 2.5 hits were to be admired, certainly not a bad bet tip for the Iceland match.
Iceland has made history again. In the person of Alfred Finnbogason. The Augsburg striker scored in the 1-1 draw against Argentina, the first goal for his country and paved the way to the first point win. However: Iceland was clearly inferior in terms of game shares. In halftime one had still been able to put one or two pinpricks, in half two they limited themselves almost entirely to the defensive work, was also lucky not to concede next to the missed penalty from Messi not another second just such. The fact is: Iceland offered exactly what one was used to from the Northern Europeans already from qualifying for the World Cup or the European Championship finals in France. Lots of running work, a few playful highlights, lots of high balls to the front and objections that came as standard. The consequence, with which one pursues this play arrangement, lets us assume that also on Friday not too much is shaken. Accordingly, a game could develop against Nigeria, which stings with highlights. However, the fact is: the opponent has to open Iceland space, John Obi Mikel & Co are forced to invest more in the offensive. Physically, we see slight advantages for Iceland, even if you meet with Nigeria probably on a team that can show similar levels in this area. In Iceland, we also see strengths in the switching game, after winning the ball you are perfectly able to bridge the midfield quickly, especially via the wings. As a central figure in the offensive, we still see Everton star Gylffi Sigurdsson. It is unlikely, however, that Nigeria will play as carelessly on the defensive as Argentina did in some cases, another factor that we believe is a bet tip in the form of an over / under bet. Also important: Iceland has maintained the same style of play for years, players know their tasks in the game system under coach Heimir Halmgrimsson in and out, which can be particularly useful against an inexperienced team like Nigeria. If something should be possible in the game forward, then this will happen next to Sigurdsson especially about the men Bjarnasson and Gudmundsson, plowing the left and right side and of course also in the defense area always perform important services. The only duel with Nigeria, Iceland has won by the way with 3: 0, but this is already a long time back. Strong: The duel with Argentina was one of only 2 of the last 6 duels in which you conceded less than 2 goals per match. Accordingly, the Halmgrimsson team seems to have stabilized recently. In the last duel against an African team, there was a 2: 2 against Ghana on June 7.
We expect a match between two teams, who by no means want to make the first mistake and will act tactically very disciplined. Accordingly, the audience should not be offered too many hits.
Prediction Today: Nigeria wins