Argentina v Iceland betting picks – Messi & Co can be opposed

Iceland should make life hard for an Argentina team who are prone to defensive errors

Punters will be smashing into Argentina at odds of 1/3 simply because they’re a household name in international football, especially with Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero in the squad.

It’s true that La Albiceleste have got their usual attacking riches to call upon, although it should be noted that they are heavily reliant on Messi when the going gets tough, with Argentina making heavy weather of qualifying for the World Cup.

In addition, they were trounced 6-1 in a friendly against Spain as recently as March, with manager Jorge Sampaoli encouraging an attacking press which can be exposed against teams who are able to get in behind them.

A 4-0 win over Haiti might have been exciting to see another Messi hat-trick but let’s see how they get on against a quality European team who will be excited by playing this Group D opener.

Iceland are clearly no mugs and won their World Cup qualifying group, something came after a last eight placement at Euro 2016.

Obviously, England’s shortcomings helped the Icelanders make the quarter final although they did come through a group that also included eventual winners Portugal, along with Austria and Hungary.

“Our aim is clear and that is to qualify from the group,” manager Heimir Hallgrímsson said when he announced the World Cup squad. “When we qualify we will not have to fear any possible opponent because we will have left two of Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria out.”

The biggest concern is that Iceland have shipped quite a few goals recently, losing 3-0 to Mexico and 3-1 to Peru back in March, while there was a recent 3-2 reverse against Norway.

However, we can trust this tight-knit group to get things right on the night and they look attractive on the Asian Handicap.

Draw @ 15/4 with bet365
Iceland +1.5 on Asian Handicap @ 7/9 with Unibet
1-1 correct score @ 9/1 with bet365