Free tips World Cup 2018 Betting: Group D Team Guide, Preview & Tips – Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria

World Cup Group D Results:

  • Argentina 1-1 Iceland
  • Croatia 2-0 Nigeria
  • Argentina 0-3 Croatia
  • Nigeria 2-0 Iceland

World Cup Group D Betting Preview

Argentina are odds on favourites to finish top in the World Cup Group D betting odds, with Croatia likely to progress with them although underdogs Iceland and Nigeria will surely have something to say about that.

GROUP A | GROUP B | GROUP C | GROUP D
GROUP E | GROUP F | GROUP G | GROUP H


ARGENTINA

Far from convincing in World Cup qualification, with it requiring three coaches and a come-from-behind Lionel Messi-inspired 3-1 win away to Ecuador in their final game to secure their place in Russia.

More dependent than ever on Messi in what may well be the maestro’s World Cup farewell (perhaps even his goodbye to international football), there is relatively little expectation among the Argentinean faithful going into the finals of World Cup 2018.  

Despite the wealth of attacking talent at their disposal, Argentina could only register 19 goals in their 18 qualifiers and there looks to be a lack of both depth and quality in other positions.

With doubts as to who will start up front alongside him, Messi has to be the pick as Argentina’s Top Goalscorer at 8/11 (1.73) with BoyleSports.

They will be expected to come through the group stage, but there are no easy pickings in Group D and early elimination certainly can’t be ruled out.


CROATIA (33/1 to win World Cup 2018 with Paddy Power)

For all the talent at their disposal, Croatia made heavy weather of qualifying for the finals of World Cup 2018, before relying on what was ultimately a straightforward play-off win over Greece.

There’s quality throughout Zlatko Dalic’s squad, with the midfield options as good as any on display in Russia this summer.  The main goal supply is likely to come from Mario Mandzukic, who can be backed at 3/1 with Coral to be Croatia’s Top Goalscorer.

Captain and playmaker Luka Modric goes into the World Cup finals having just been charged with perjury, having been accused of giving false testimony in the corruption trial of former Dinamo Zagreb kingpin Zdravko Mamic.  Unpopular with the supporters as a result of his decision to back the hated Mamic, it’s difficult to see any positives for player or team. In a decidedly tough group, they could do without such unnecessary distractions.


ICELAND (350/1 to win World Cup 2018 with BlackType)

With a population of just 340,000, Iceland is the smallest country ever to participate in the World Cup finals.  They are certainly there on merit though, having topped their qualification group ahead of Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey.

Qualification built on their success in reaching the last eight at Euro 16, where they famously defeated England before going down to hosts France.  Iceland will again be hard-working, well-prepared and possess a strong physical presence and they’ve already beaten Croatia in qualifying for the finals, so will have few fears.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is the star turn for Iceland, but didn’t feature for club side Everton since early March due to a knee injury.  His fitness could be crucial to their hopes of qualifying for the last 16. Captain Aron Gunnarsson also missed a lengthy spell with injury at Cardiff City over the past season.


NIGERIA (750/1 to win World Cup 2018 with BlackType)

Drawn in arguably the toughest group at World Cup 2018 (including Argentina for the fifth time in six World Cups), it’s no easy task for the Super Eagles to reach the last 16.

However, they qualified for Russia by coming through a group that included two strong African teams in Algeria and Cameroon and German coach Gernot Rohr has put together a well organized, youthful squad that looks less reliant on individual performances than teams of the past.

Although he tends to play as a second striker, Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho could be worth a punt at 9/2 with William Hill to finish as Nigeria’s Top Goalscorer.  

Often hampered by corrupt administration off the pitch in previous tournaments, Nigeria look to be better prepared this time round and could well be capable of progressing beyond the group stage.


GROUP A | GROUP B | GROUP C | GROUP D
GROUP E | GROUP F | GROUP G | GROUP H


* Odds correct at the time of writing

Lionel Messi image credit: By Дмитрий Садовников (soccer.ru) [CC BY-SA 3.0GFDL, CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons


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