World Cup 2018 Group D betting preview, predictions and tips
Group D is definitely the ‘Group of Death’ of this World Cup edition, as Argentina will share the group with Nigeria, Iceland and Croatia. Argentina are one of the favourites to win the World Cup this year, but based on the qualification performances of each team, this is likely to be a tough group. It will be an entertaining group to watch for the football fans, but a difficult group to predict for the bettors. Feel free to check our World Cup 2018 betting preview, where you can find the best odds available, outright winner tips, free bets, enhanced odds and new customer offers.
Argentina Betting Odds
The 2014 World Cup runners-up, Argentina, finished only third in the South American qualification process thanks to a 3-1 victory against Ecuador in the final matchday. They have an amazing roaster, but all the players seem to click only when Barcelona’s superstar Lionel Messi creates something in attack. That happened in Argentina’s 3-1 win against Ecuador in qualifying as well, as Lionel Messi came in as a substitute when the Argentines were one-goal down to score a hat-trick and to qualify his team for this 2018 World Cup finals. Messi netted at least five more goals than any other Argentinian in qualification, but he definitely have some World-class teammates in the team. Sergio Aguero is one of these and the flamboyant striker will look to increase his goalscoring tally for the country. Angel Di Maria have also scored plenty of goals for PSG this season, despite being in the shadow of Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe. Juventus’ superstars Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain haven’t been at their best throughout this Serie A campaign, but they are definitely capable of scoring goals and creating opportunities for their team. Unless Argentina fails miserably in Russia, they should be able to top this group despite the fact they take on in-form sides such as Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria.
Betting Predictions and Tips: Argentina to win the World Cup 2018 Group D at odds 8/15 with William Hill
Iceland Betting Tips and Odds
This is Iceland’s first appearance at the World Cup finals and only their second at a major tournament, after their incredible story at the Euro 2016 in France. They have caused several upsets in France two years ago and they will definitely be ready to cause some more in Russia. Iceland and Croatia shared the same group in qualifying, and the Nordics topped the group with two more points than the Croatians. In addition, nine different players scored for Iceland during qualification which shows that they can produce goals despite the fact they have very few household names. Gylfi Sigurdsson is the biggest name of the team as he played in the Premier League since 2012 for Swansea, Tottenham and Everton. Iceland will fight against Croatia for a qualifying spot once again, but we think that they will finish third in this group.
Betting Predictions and Tips: Iceland to not qualify from this group
Croatia Odds and Chances
Croatia have failed to make it past the group stage of a World Cup tournament since finishing third in 1998. They have never won a major tournament, and their best achievement was reaching the quarter-finals of the European Championships twice. Croatia finished second in their World Cup qualifying group behind Iceland, but thrashed Greece 4-1 on aggregate in the play-offs to book their place at the Finals. Croatia’s main strength is their unbelievable midfield which contains world-class players in the shape of Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic. Their attacking line will be led by Mario Mandzukic, who is Croatia’s second greatest ever goalscorer with 30 goals under his belt. Croatia have a strong lineup and we fancy them to qualify from this group ahead of Iceland and Nigeria.
Betting Predictions and Tips: Croatia to qualify at odds 4/7 with William Hill
Nigeria Odds and Tips
Alex Iwobi score a crucial winner against Zambia in the African qualification process back in October to qualify Nigeria for the World Cup 2018. The Nigerians have never made it past the last 16 at the World Cup and were knocked out in Brazil by France in 2014. Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa are just some of Nigeria’s key players, although the first two have struggled with game time this season. The positive thing is that Nigeria looked very solid over the past few months and actually they managed to beat Argentina 4-2 in a friendly game back in November.
Betting Predictions and Tips: Nigeria to finish bottom of the Group D at odds 6/5 with William Hill
World Cup 2018 Group D Straight Forecasts and Tricast predictions
Straight Tricast betting prediction: Argentina/Croatia/Iceland at odds 3/1 with William Hill
Straight Forecasts betting prediction: Argentina/Croatia at odds 7/4 with William Hill