Nigeria vs Argentina Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
Nigeria vs. Argentina is fantastic opportunity to test our knowledge/luck, put bets and earn money. These nations played eight times since 1994. Nigeria lost five times to Argentina but they also have two victories and one draw. At first their games were short on goals but in last four games there were at least four goals per game.
Football is strange game. In group with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland, Nigeria occupy second place after two rounds. Nigeria lost their first match against Croatia and they realized that they must attack Iceland if they want points. In first part of the match, Nigerians had an initiative but they failed to create single scoring chance. Four minutes after second half began; Ahmed Musa brings the lead to Nigeria 1:0. The same player doubled advantage in seventy-fifth minute and it became clear to everybody that Nigeria is going to win. After that, Iceland received chance to score after penalty but the ball went over the bar. There is only one more game to be played and opponent is Argentina. Let’s do some math before we bring conclusion. Argentina must win to have theoretical chances to finish in second place. On the other hand Nigeria currently needs only draw if Croatia does not concede more than two goals. We think that Nigeria will play cautiously in order to secure draw but Argentina can always punish that kind of approach no matter how miserable they are at the moment.
Argentina is in last place with only one point and only Tunis and Saudi Arabia conceded more goals than them. This sounds like the worst nightmare but unfortunately for fans of Argentina it is painful truth. Argentina analyzed their first game against Iceland and they probably came to conclusion that everything worked fine despite result. Just because of that, they decided to bring out rather strangely composed squad against Croatia. In the middle they had older players who play in their national championship and even one defender joined them. In attacking line they started without Higuain and Dybala. Argentina survived first half of the match but in second half, Croats destroyed them 0:3. Once again Messi was invisible on the field. Argentinean coach looked like he is about to get heart attack at any moment, great Diego Armando Maradona cried in crowd and Messi was standing there as if nothing happened. Aforementioned attackers were left out of the team because superstar hates them or they hate him. If they do not change their attitude they might lose against Nigeria too. Football is asking for team spirit and Argentina currently is lacking one.
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Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr: "We are here to make a result, we are professionals. We are here to defend the colours of Nigeria and we know in football there is no mercy, no pity, everybody wants to win and we cannot make any gifts even if we like very much Lionel Messi."
Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli: "We have to make our goal five games to reach the final. Tomorrow will be the first final. No matter who plays they will have the obligation to give until the last bead of sweat so that Argentina will go through. I am sure that they will see the best version of Argentina at this World Cup."
FIFA named Cuneyt Cakir to be the main referee on the Tuesday’s crucial clash between Nigeria and Argentina in Group D. The 41-year-old Turkish referee is for sure one of the best in the World. His assistants for this game will be Bahattin Duran and Tarik Ongun. This game is going to be second one Cakir will take charge of at this year’s World Cup. Previous one was match between Morroco and Iran (4 yellows, 36 fouls). So, maybe we will see a red card for Nigeria here.
Nigeria vs Argentina Stats
Stats are based on the last 10 games (including friendly matches)
|SHOTS ON TARGET||72||31|
|SHOTS OFF TARGET||70||47|
|OVER 1.5 GOALS||7||7|
|OVER 2.5 GOALS||5||4|
|OVER 3.5 GOALS||5||3|
|UNDER 1.5 GOALS||3||3|
|UNDER 2.5 GOALS||5||6|
|BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE||4||5|
Nigeria don't have fresh injury concerns before the match against Argentina. John Obi Mikel is not fully fit and he is doubtful for the match. All other players are fully fit and ready to play.
On the other side Argentina also don't have missing players for this important match. All players are ready to play and they will do their best to win all three points here.
Possible starting lineups
Nigeria: Uzoho; Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Omeruo; Moses, Ndidi, Mikel, Etebo, Idowu; Kelechi, Musa
Argentina: Armani; Salvio, Mercado, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Benega, Mascherano, Enzo Perez; Messi, Higuain, Di Maria
Nigeria vs Argentina Prediction
What a great football game to watch and a perfect one to bet on. Match Nigeria vs Argentina brings us a brilliant chance to increase our betting payouts on Tuesday night. Nigeria provably need a draw to reach Round of 16, but looks like they are thinking to beat Argentina on this match and to collect all three points. Nigeria can qualify with a draw or win against Argentina if Iceland lose or draw against Croatia. On the other side situation is clear. If Argentina beat Nigeria in their final game and Croatia beat Iceland, Argentina go through. Messi & co are highly motivated for this game, but they are under the big pressure. Argentina are in desperate situation and this will be their must win game. If they lose we expect from Messi to leave national selection. Nigeria have lost all four of their World Cup matches with Argentina and this time they will play aggressive from the first minute and we expect high scoring game. Argentina failed to progress past the first round at the World Cup just once in the last 56 years.
Argentina have been poor in each of their opening two fixtures at this tournament and all expect from them to prove themselves against Nigeria. It will be their last chance on this tournament and we expect from them to play aggressive in attack from the first minute. This tactic will give an opportunity to Nigeria to score after fast counter attacks and we will enjoy in one dynamic and open game with lots of scoring chances. If Argentina fail to get out of their group, without doubt their stars will retire from international football, including Leo Messi. So, stakes are truly big and we expect from them one comfortable win.
So our prediction and betting tips for the match Nigeria vs Argentina Prediction: Argentina to win. We expect high scoring game and our second betting pick for the match is Over 4.5 goals. Argentina are good team, they are not in fine fettle, but for sure they have much better players then Nigeria and can score at least four goals. Maybe we will see a hat trick for Leo Messi on Tuesday.