Nigeria - Argentina
Category: Football prediction
League: International friendly match
Betting prediction: Nigeria +1
Starting Time: 11/14/2017 - 10:00 AM
As a warm up to the World Cup in 2018, Russia are launching the World Cup Trophy tour, kicking off with the friendly match between Nigeria and Argentina in Krasnodar. Both teams have already qualified for the World Cup.
The 2 most important pieces of team news are that Mikel Obi, Nigeria's captain, returns after being rested, but far more importantly, Lionel Messi will not play. As well as being arguably the best player in the world, Messi has a huge influence on whether Argentina win matches. How about these stats: during Argentina's World Cup 2018 campaign, in matches where Messi did not play, Argentina only won 1/9 (11%), when he did play they won 6/9 (66%). Having Messi in the team in the last 2 years has almost been the difference between winning and losing.
It isn't all about Messi however. Nigeria are in great form having gone through African World Cup qualifying unbeaten. They are going to be supremely confident of causing an upset against one of the favourites to win the World Cup and will be eager to show their form.
Nigeria will be confident of their chances in what is likely to be a low scoring game. The odds have been coming in everywhere on either Nigeria to win, or both teams to draw. SBObet have your best odds at the moment with 1.9 on the +1 handicap. I just cannot see Argentina winning by 2 clear goals without Messi in their starting line-up.
Add Date: 11/11/2017 - 02:30 PM