Winner Prediction FIFA 2018 - ARGENTINA VS ICELAND
FIFA World Cup' 18 is the 21st edition of the Football World Cup. It is a competition organized by FIFA and will take place in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018.
The FIFA world cup has finally commenced. The best and the greatest football players in the world have taken center stage in Russia.
2018 is the year that Lionel Messi was looking forward to. It's been a long wait of 32-years for Argentina. Like Messi, who was not even born when Argentina lifted the World Cup trophy, the window might close for Cristiano Ronaldo also, who will endeavor to power Portugal, the 2016 Euro champs, to another title. Shouldn't we mention Neymar, who is recuperating from a broken foot? Will he be able to lead Brazil team to its 6th World Cup title?
There are many permutations and combinations but this is for sure that we will see one heck of a world cup this year.
Most of the people believe that Lionel Messi needs to win the World Cup to solidify the status he is carrying from years as he is the best player in the history of the game and Iceland is the team which he will target. The newcomers have to work really hard to support their star player. The kickoff of this football game between Argentina and Iceland will take place at 15:00 on June 16, 2018. Messi-led Argentina will face the new team on the block, Iceland. The Icelanders compete for the first time in the history of the World Cup.
KNOW YOUR TEAMS: ARGENTINA
A Finalist four years ago, Argentina did not show up at the 2018 World Cup in the best conditions. The team had a hard time qualifying, it was only able to qualify after a hat-trick by Lionel Messi in Bolivia on the last day. Now coached by Jorge Sampaoli, Argentina, fifth in the FIFA rankings, is impressive with Messi and Sergio Aguero and the duo of Juventus Gonzalo Higuain-Paulo Dybala. But, in terms of defense, it is quite vulnerable as recently proven by the 6-1 defeat suffered in Spain.
How did they qualify?
Despite the fact that Argentina completed third in CONMEBOL qualifying, the road to arrive was loaded with bumps. Specifically, sudden thrashings at home against Ecuador and Paraguay, a draw against Venezuela, a hard 3-0 loss when going Brazil and three altogether different managers (Gerardo "TATA" Martino, Edgardo Bauza and Jorge Sampaoli), has made situations quite unfavorable for them. To make it worse, Lionel Messi's absence from a few matches affirmed again that the team needs him the most. Truth be told, it wasn't until the point that the captain’s hat trick against Ecuador in the last qualifier in Quito that Argentina could finally secure qualification.
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Here is the list of Argentina’s players:
Goalkeepers: Nahuel Guzman, Willy Caballero et Franco Armani.
Defenders: Gabriel Mercado, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolás Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna
Midfielders: Javier Mascherano, Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia, Giovani Lo Celso, Ever Banega, Enzo Perez, Maximiliano Meza, Angel Di Maria, Cristian Pavon.
Strikers: Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuaín, Sergio Agüero.
Avec comme capitaine Lionel Messi.
KNOW YOUR TEAMS: ICELAND
Revelation of Euro 2016, Iceland had blown a breath of fresh air on European football. Two years later, Heimir Hallgrimsson troops were preparing to play their first World Cup in 2018. Even before playing its first game, Iceland already has a record in their kitty - being the smallest country ever to qualify for a final phase.
How did they qualify?
Iceland finished on the top Group I in UEFA qualifying, thus advancing to Russia directly. A playoff place looked their most sensible expectation until the penultimate match-day, when they anchored a dazzling 3-0 win in Turkey and left the pitch to discover Finland had unrealistically evened out against Croatia. It cleared out a previously tight group totally open for them to qualify with a 2-0 prevail upon Kosovo three days later.
Here is the list of Iceland’s players:
Goalkeepers: Hannes Halldorsson, Runar Alex Runarsson and Frederik Schram
Defenders: Ari Skulason, Hörour Magnusson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Kári Árnason, Holmar Eyjolfsson, Sverrir Ingason, Birkir Sævarsson, Samuel Fridjonsson.
Midfielders: Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Emil Hallfredsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Olafur Skulason, Arnor Traustason, Rurik Gíslason.
Strikers: Alfred Finnbogason, Björn Bergmann Sigurdarson, Jon Daoi Böovarsson, Albert Guomundsson.
After a final lost in 2014, Argentina begins its World Cup with a lot of ambitions. If the qualification course proved to be complicated, the Argentinian players know that the competition will be completely different. Icelanders, the men of Jorge Sampaoli will try to win the three points. Dreaming of being able to lift one of the only trophies he did not win, Lionel Messi should be back as ever for the event. If Heimir Hallgrímsson’s players will still play their chance luckily in this first round, the game against the Argentinians could, however, be tricky for Iceland.
Strong Side of Argentina:
There is a hope with the strikers. The quality of the Argentine offensive sector is just incomparable. Di Maria, Aguëro, Higuain will support Lionel Messi. Indeed, the recent results and the stars that make up the team led by Lionel Messi attest to the expectations of a win.
Strong Side of Iceland:
Iceland has a great team spirit and will be eager to show on their first world cup. They have a very solid defense. With a shooter like Sigurdsson and effective defenders, Iceland is a formidable team with a capability to win every match.
Saturday's match promises to be very interesting between Argentina, which has to prove its status as leader of the group, and Iceland will do anything to relive the emotions of Euro 2016. Let us know where these teams lack.
Argentina concentrates its talents in its offensive sector but has real gaps in the other departments. Argentina, admittedly twice world champion (1978 and 1986), for this reason also displays a record in the World Cup otherwise more modest than many other teams. Additionally, despite the high-quality players, the play in the field could be a bit different. It seems to rest only on the individual exploits of Messi as we have always noticed in the previous matches.
Iceland has very limited experience of the highest world cup level, which can play against them. Their last friendly matches showed defensive gaps and difficulties in building the game from the defense. Their lack of experience is palpable during matches, and if there is any significant difficulty with the game leader, then the entire team will be paralyzed.
PREDICTION OF THE DAY
Who do you think will end this day on a winning note? Well, we think it is going to be Argentina. What are your thoughts?
Astrologer’s Prediction On Winner of this FIFA world 2018 Match: Argentina