Kerry Katona could be off Lionel Messi’s Christmas card list by the weekend if the little maestro’s chances of World Cup glory are silenced by Iceland on Friday evening. After Heimir Hallgrimsson’s side thwarted Argentina in their opener, Iceland could take a giant step towards eliminating the 2014 finalists by winning this one.
Nigeria were lacklustre against the impressive Croats in their first game and life gets no easier for them here as they face an Iceland side full of gusto. With Alfred Finnbogason leading the attack we’re backing the Stuttgart man to score in his fourth international in a row.
Nigeria’s loss to Croatia extended a tradition of them losing to teams ranked 16-30 in our gradings – we have Croatia at 22 and Iceland at 23. Since 2000, the Super Eagles have lost in 90 minutes in 14 of 28 such matches including five losses in nine competitive games. That alone makes Iceland more than enough value to get involved with.
Nigeria aren’t often involved in classics, but they must attack here as a bore-draw will pretty much guarantee their exit from Russia 2018. That, coupled with Iceland’s superiority, gives a juicy option in the score-win market.