Without doubt the most interesting match in the third round of the group stage of World Cup 2018 would be Argentina versus Nigeria. Almost everyone who is interested in football will watch the match on Tuesday night to find out will Messi and company be able to wake up. An eventual major victory for Argentina would create one of the most dramatic group stage break throughs in the history of the World Cups. Combined with the way the Gauchos already qualified for the finals in general, will make the drama even bigger.
What is the current situation in the group. Croatia have already qualified with two wins from their first two matches. Moreover, they cannot finish on other place than the first one so they can safely come out in their game while resting the main players. Nigeria takes the second place as they beat Iceland so they hope for a positive result in today’s match which will help them reaching the second phase of the race. The Icelanders lost the match against Nigeria when even a draw would almost certainly guarantee them the second place (given the fact that they have to play with the already qualified Croatia in their last game) and now have to rely on Argentina to win against Nigeria. In addition, they have to beat Croatia in order to take the second spot.
For sure, Tuesday night will be one of the most interesting of the tournament. However, the main question is whether Nigerians can stop Messi and the rest of Argentina’s stars. The second question is whether the Argentines finally will play in the way they are able to. At least for me the answer is yes. Moreover, it really seems like part of a story that will be talked about for a long time in the history of football.
As for whether Argentina is capable of beating Nigeria with difference, it is clear to all that they can do it. Just one fact. Although Leo Messi has suffered many critics for his performance so far, he is the footballer who created the most goals chances in the tournament. 12 times Messi has threatened the net of his opponents, and that compared to the number of 14 goal chances which were created by Panama, Costa Rica and Saudi Arabia says a lot. That’s why he is a captain in my fantasy league league team.
Match prediction for Argentina vs Nigeria
Odds for Argentina to win by at least three goals difference is more than good – 3.9 and this is my prediction for this match.