Odds on Iceland to beat Argentina – Betting Preview, World Cup 201813th June 2018 / lee
Argentina v Iceland World Cup 2018, 16th June – 2.00 p.m
The recent successes of Iceland are what makes this fixture interesting at the 2018 World Cup. Iceland impressed with their spirited and gutsy display at Euro 2016 and then pulled off a surprise in beating Croatia to the top spot in the qualification group for this World Cup. This will be Iceland’s first ever World Cup fixture and it’s a tough one against Argentina who lost 2014 final against Germany. Can the plucky Iceland group come up with another stunning day at the office? The odds on Iceland beating Argentina are long, is there any value there?
Argentina vs Iceland Odds*
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.)
Can Iceland deliver a shock?
Everybody waits with bated breath to see whether or not World Cup shock is going to be on the cards and when the draw for the tournament came out punters may have looked at this one and thought, maybe. Iceland had that tremendously spirited run to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 totally against the odds, and it was always going to be interesting to see what they can come up with in trying to qualify for the knockout phases of the 2018 World Cup.
Riding the wave of confidence and optimism they once again defied the odds in beating Croatia to top spot in their World Cup 2018 qualification group. That sealed Iceland’s first ever place at World Cup. So it has been a huge couple of years for Iceland but they are going to need to shake off some poor current form in order to have any kind of impact and reach the knockouts. Iceland have won just one of their last seven games played and 10/1 odds on Iceland to beat Argentina* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.) therefore, look about right.
As a positive though they have scored in eight of their last nine games and have scored at least two in three of their last five played. There are facing one of the better sides of the tournament here, but Argentina had a really slack and low-key World Cup 2018 qualification campaign. Granted the South American qualification is the toughest zone in the world to come through, but Argentina given all that talent that they have made really hard work of things and only qualified in the final round of matches.
Argentina’s recent misfires
What could also give Iceland a bit of self-belief is that they will have seen Argentina lose two of their last four games and they were both heavy defeats as well, going down 4-2 against Nigeria and a 6-1 hammering at the hands of Spain. So Iceland will have been looking hard at those defensive frailties that the Albiceleste have and be thinking that they may be able to find a way through the defence of one of the world’s superpowers. It is not going to be an easy thing for Iceland to produce the win.
But what Europeans lack incomparable individual talent against Argentina, Iceland more than make up for in team spirit, energy and self-belief. How far can get them? Because Iceland are heavy underdogs and therefore risk, it may be worth expanding your look at betting in your Argentina v Iceland predictions by considering and Asian handicap. An Iceland+1.5 Asian handicap at bet365 is at even money * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.) and that will back them to not lose by more than one goal.
Argentina v Iceland Predictions
It would be one of the greatest World Cup upsets of all time if Iceland were to pull off a victory in this one. It’s a stretch it really is but Iceland are plucky and no one expected them to get results that they did at Euro 2016. No one expected them to winner qualification group for the 2018 World Cup.
They did all that and they have been scoring well so if you’re thinking of an upset that Iceland are going to produce, your best bet may be to cover an Iceland +1.5 Asian handicap.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!