2018 FIFA World Cup – Nigeria vs Argentina Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Tuesday 26th June, 19:00

Where? Krestovsky Stadium

What channel is it on? BBC1

Where can I stream the match? BBC license holders can stream the match online via BBC iPlayer

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/group-d-argentina-iceland-croatia-nigeria-tickets/ca5914

THE TEAM NEWS

NIGERIA

  • Nigeria rescued their hopes of reaching the knockout rounds by beating Iceland 2-0 last time out and their destiny is in their own hands as they face Lionel Messi and his Argentina side in this crunch clash.
  • Coach Gernot Rohr switched to a 3-5-2 formation in that game from 4-3-3 and it worked well so he will almost certainly stick with that for this one. Musa was the hero in the Iceland game with his two goals and Rohr will surely stick with the same starting line-up for this match.

Predicted line-up (3-5-2):

Uzoho

Omeruo, Troost-Ekong, Balogun

Moses, Mikel, Ndidi, Etebo, Idowu

Musa, Iheanacho

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: None

ARGENTINA

  • Argentina are still reeling from the shocking loss to Croatia and there has been plenty of criticism coming their way in recent days with Maradona even reportedly keen to meet the players to share his opinions.
  • They still have a chance of progressing if they can win this game but the overall mood in the camp is not great right now but they will give it their best even if self-belief is pretty low at present.
  • Guzman is set to come in for Caballero after his poor mistake for the opener, while Di Maria could also be handed a recall to the side as Sampaoli considers fielding a more experienced line-up and bolstering the midfield with Banega in with two defensive midfielders.

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1):

Guzman

Mercado, Fazio, Otamendi, Rojo

Mascherano, Biglia

Messi, Banega, Di Maria

Aguero

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: None

THE PREDICTION

All the pressure is on Argentina here and they have shown that they are struggling to deal with the weight of expectancy right now. Nigeria will be a tough opponent to face and they too have plenty to play for, so expect another wild and open match as has been the case with some of their recent meetings and this should feature a few goals.