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June 13, 2018 at 5:20 pm #804490
WORLD CUP GROUP D PREDICTION
World Cup finalist Argentina will be keen to make amends to mistakes in the last tournament and claim the grand prize this time around. Five-time player of the year Lionel Messi, in particular, will be keen to win football biggest tournament after feeling to winning silverware with the national team on several occasions.
The decorated Messi will be on a mission to bring back the coveted World cup back to his native land. Even though the Albicelste has struggled in the qualification to the tournament their rich talent and squad them will make them have the last laugh in a group that comprises of Croatia, Nigeria, and Iceland.
Jorge Sampaoli side is a lethal unit especially going forward with likes of Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi too much for the defense of the group opponents to handle.
Argentina is an experienced side amongst the other teams in the group and for sure the experience of winning the tournament several times will count.ODDS
Argentina are +1600 to emerge as winners of the group
Croatia is expected to come second in the group behind the talented and experienced Argentina side. Croatia is a more experienced side in the group compared to Iceland and Nigeria and expected to come second of the group ahead of Nigeria and newcomers Iceland.
Croatia boasts a talented side led by Real Madrid star midfielder Luka Modric in partnership with Barcelona midfield maestro Ivan Rakitic. Going forward the European side are lethal with Mario Mandzukic supported by Ivan Perisic leading the hunt for goals.
Croatia will be eager to end their serial underachievers’ tag but are not expected to come top of the group. The Croats are expected to reach the last 16 of the tournament at the Expense of Nigeria and Iceland.
African representative Nigeria is an outsider of the group that might surprise favorites of the group Croatia and Argentina. However, the Super Eagles are expected to come a distant third of the group only topping Iceland in the group.
The Nigerian squad comprises of a talented young team that is expected to cause problems to their rivals gIven their skipper Obi Mikel is an experienced player.
Going forward the Super Eagles are full of talent with their attacking unit comprising of Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi, Leicester forward Kelechi Iheancho, Odon Ighalo and Ahmed Musa forming a fierce attacking unit.
Nigeria is +135 to emerge as group winners.
Iceland the smallest nation in the World Cup are expected to come rock bottom of the group. The Icelanders despite taking the Euro 2016 with a storm are expected to struggle in the World’s largest tournament.
Iceland will be banking their hopes on Everton attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson to fire them past their firesome rivals in the group but their squad is expected to come short of depth.
Iceland will be one of the underdogs in the tournament and will fancy their hopes of playing under less pressure.
Iceland is + to emerge as winners of the group.
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