In a match that might possibly determine who makes it out of the group, African Side Nigeria face an uphill task against a relatively strong Iceland team in both teams’ second match of group D.
Iceland had against all odds secure a draw against Argentina in her face game of the group, thereby gaining enough confidence to face a Nigeria side that lost its face game unimpressively to Croatia.
Nigeria knowing fully well that a loss will make her join the league of Egypt and Morrocco as the Africa representatives who have crashed out of the Mundia, and a win, puts them in a fair position to still sneak out of the group after Argentina had surprisingly lost to Croatia in the other group game played on Thursday.
The Nigerian side is expected to have some changes in the team play especially the attacking mid field role after serious criticism had engulfed the coach’s choice of playing Mikel in an attacking midfield role instead of a defensive one, either of Iheanacho who also came on as a substitute or Ahmed Musa is likely to also start, and probably Ogenyi Onazi too.
Iceland could be without Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who sustained a muscle injury against Argentina.
Iceland as usual is expected stick to the squad that drew 1-1 against Argentina. A win for the small nations, puts them in a very good position to make it out of Group D against all odds as a debutant.
With the super Eagles slow style of play, Iceland will have to struggle a bit as they are known for frustrating a fast attacking playing side, while on the other end, the Super Eagles is to work on defending set pieces and long balls into the 18 yard box if they want to get what is needed for them to still remain in Russia from Iceland
Prediction: Nigeria will be banking on the experience of Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Ndidi who all play at the English premiership and the wealth of experience of champions league winner - John Obi Mikel
Nigeria 2 vs Iceland 0
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