Most pundits expect Argentina to get their 2018 World Cup campaign off to the best possible start, however we don’t envisage there being too much in it when they face Iceland on Saturday. There is a danger that the South Americans may be somewhat unprepared following the cancellation of their final pre-tournament warm-up match with Israel last week and the solitary 4-0 victory over minnows Haiti means that we have yet to see them hit the high notes this year.
Nevertheless the Albiceleste possess a wealth of talent in their ranks with the likes of Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi certain to strike fear into the minds of opposing defences, however we’ll be looking to Ever Banega to play a positive role in this match should he enter the fray from the outset. The Sevilla man has banged in six goals in his 62 senior caps for Argentina and he found the net in his penultimate club outing last season, therefore he represents excellent value at 4/1 with Bet365 Bookies to contribute to the goal-tally this weekend.
Iceland had few issues in qualifying from a World Cup qualifying group which contained the likes of Turkey, Finland, Croatia, Ukraine and Kosovo with the Scandinavians losing just two of their ten matches. Nevertheless since then they have been unimpressive with a draw and three defeats from their subsequent four international friendlies and there is absolutely no evidence that they will get things off to a good start when they face Argentina on Saturday, BetVictor Bookies going 9/10 on Argentina to win-to-nil.