It seems as if the footballing gods want Nigeria to play Argentina at the World Cup. This will be the fifth World Cup where Argentina have met Nigeria which is quite remarkable. Argentina have won every meeting between the sides at the World Cup, but it is always a close game.
Argentina beat Nigeria 2-1 at World Cup 1994, 1-0 in the 2002 World Cup, 1-0 in the 2010 World Cup and 3-2 at the 2014 World Cup. Nigeria have performed very strongly in every match and in at least a couple of those matches, they were unlucky to end up on the losing side.
The teams have also met at the Confederations Cup in 1995 which ended 0-0, and they have faced each other in three friendlies, with Nigeria coming out on top twice and Argentina once. This is certainly not a rare international fixture!
World Cup 2016 Group D
Group D is the so-called ‘group of death’ and it comprises Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria. The match on the 26th June between Argentina and Nigeria will be both teams’ final group game. Argentina could feasibly already be through at this point if they can beat Croatia and Iceland in their first two group games.
For Nigeria, it could well be the game that decides whether or not they progress to the knockout stages. Argentina should win the group, but the second spot could go to any one of the remaining sides. Argentina will undoubtedly want to finish as group winners even if they are already through by the time this game comes around, but Nigeria could well be fighting to stay in the competition which may act as an even stronger motivating factor.
Argentina vs Nigeria World Cup 2018
We would say that you should put your money on Argentina. This Nigerian team is not one on a par with the legendary Nigerian team of the 1990s. Argentina, on the other hand, have outstanding attacking players in abundance. With Gonzalo Higuain, Pablo Dybala, Sergio Aguero, Angel di Maria and Lionel Messi in attack, Argentina have a frightening amount of options to strike fear into any defence.
We think Nigeria just won’t be able to stop them over ninety minutes. If Argentina are already through, a draw is a possibility, though unlikely really. If Nigeria were to win this match, it would be a huge surprise.
Argentina V Nigeria World Cup 2018 Odds
The bookies are currently offering around 8/13 for Argentina to get the victory, and Nigeria are down at around 5/1 to win the match. The draw is on offer at odds of around 3/1. which are actually quite enticing considering a draw isn’t exactly unthinkable.
Still, if you want the safest bet, definitely opt for an Argentinian victory. You will be able to find many more betting options by clicking on the individual match. Bets guessing the correct scoreline always attract good odds.
Whatever happens in this game, we are looking forward to it as the fixture has always delivered in the past. It could well be yet another World Cup fixture between the two filled with drama!