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22 Jun 2018

Nigeria vs Iceland: Squad News, Preview, Predictions And Betting Odds

Iceland are a confident team heading into their Group D clash against Nigeria on Friday after their impressive performance against Argentina.
Iceland stunned the world when they held Argentina to a 1-1 draw, and will be looking to capitalise on their confidence as they head into their second World Cup fixture against Nigeria at Volgograd Arena on Friday June 22.

Goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson saved a penalty taken by Lionel Messi that would have put Argentina up 2-1 at the break, and have an arguably better chance than the South Americans of making the last 16 phase of the competition.

Nigeria have a youthful side that includes the likes of Alex Iwobi, though their 2-0 loss against Croatia puts them in danger of not making it out of their group for the third time in their last four World Cup appearances.

Here is everything you need to know about the Group D fixture between the sides on Friday.

Game Nigeria vs Iceland
Date Friday, June 22
Time 4pm BST / 11am ET

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Squads & Team News
Position           Nigeria players
Goalkeepers   Uzoho, Ezenwa, Akpeyi
Defenders   Troost-Ekong, Shehu, Ebuehi, Echiejile, Idowu, Awaziem, Balogun, Omeruo
Midfielders    Mikel, Onazi, Ndidi, Etebo, Ogu, Obi
Forwards             Musa, Iheanacho, Moses, Ighalo, Iwobi, Nwankwo

Oghenekaro Etebo could be replaced for vice-captain Ogenyi Onanzi after he conceded the own goal against Croatia, and as goals will be needed fast and quick, striker Ahmed Musa could be included in the XI – but would find it hard to displace the experienced likes of Victor Moses or Alex Iwobi.

Potential Nigeria XI: Uzoho, Abdullahi, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Idowu, Ndidi, Etebo, Moses, Mikel, Iwobi, Ighalo.

Position           Iceland players
Goalkeepers   Halldorsson, Runarsson, Schram
Defenders  Arnason, Skulason, Saevarsson, Ingason, Magnusson, Eyjolfsson, Sigurdsson
Midfielders  Gudmundsson, Bjarnason, Traustason, Hallfredsson, Sigurdsson, Skulason, Gislason,                           Fridjonsson, Gunnarsson
Forwards          Finnbogason, Sigurdarson, Bodvarsson, Gudmundsson

Iceland will expect to be without the services of Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who sustained a muscle injury in the opening fixture against Argentina and his chances of making a full recovery ahead of Friday's fixture are slim.

Midfielder Rurik Gislason came on or Gudmundsson and is the likeliest to replace him in the XI, which would be the only significant change.

Potential Iceland XI: Halldorsson, Saevarsson, Arnason, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Magnusson, Johann Gislason, Gunnarsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Hallfredsson, Bjarnason, Finnbogason.

Betting & Match Odds
Nigeria have odds of being 9/5 favourites to win, and dabblebet have odds of a 21/10 draw. Iceland are deemed a 7/4 bet to win .

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