2018 FIFA World Cup Prediction: Nigeria vs Argentina

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Verdict: Argentina to win

Best Odds: 1/2

Bookmaker: 888sport

This will should be an entertaining match! If we are to go by anything we have seen so far in group D, this match should be a very interesting one. Maybe not of the highest quality, but fun should play a big part in it. That especially goes for Argentina who had a horrific start to the tournament. Now, against Nigeria, they have everything within their hands, because a win will take them to the round of 16. Nigeria, on the other hand, improved after a poor start and will be feeling confident coming into this match.


It was an interesting thing that occurred after Nigeria won their match against Iceland. Their 2-0 win was enough to put them in second place, with basically a point against Argentina giving them enough hope to believe they will progress from the group stages. However, their win after Ahmed Musa’s brace was good for Argentina as well. If it was Iceland who had won, then Argentina would have been on the brink of going home. Now, Nigeria maybe have given Argentina hope of making things right, but they also have given themselves a lot of hope. Their second half performance against Iceland was by far their best at the tournament. Ahmed Musa was electric, while Wilfried Ndidi continued having an amazing season, being absolutely magnificent in the middle of the park.

Team News

All of Nigeria’s players are healthy, so they will be able to field their strongest XI in the match that will decide it all in group D.


Argentina has been chaotic so far. And that is a big understatement. The way they played in these two matches is nothing short of pathetic and unforgivable, especially against Croatia. There is even a highlights reel of every comic situation Argentina’s players were part of in that match and it is two minutes long. That speaks volumes. Jorge Sampaoli has been making some very odd decisions, first starting with four at the back, then moving to playing with three centre-backs against a team that basically fielded a 4-3-3. There was no cohesion, no structure to the team and simply way too many mistakes. Argentina need to step it up if they want to get out of this group. This is the right match to prove doubters wrong and show a good performance, at the very least.

Team News

No injured or suspended players ahead of this game, but it will be very interesting to see which lineup will Sampaoli choose this time.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Argentina conceded seven shots from inside of their box, having made just three shots on target on the other end.
  • Nigeria have still not conceded a goal to an opposition player from open play. One of the two was an own goal, while the other one was Luka Modrić’s penalty.


This should be a very interesting game. Both teams were on the brink of losing out on round of 16 at some points in their second round matches, but in the end both teams have everything in their hands. However, I believe in Argentina this time. Just a good individual performance from Lionel Messi or Paulo Dybala could be enough to earn them a victory.

Verdict: Argentina to win

Best Odds: 1/2

Bookmaker: 888sport

3 Comments on 2018 FIFA World Cup Prediction: Nigeria vs Argentina

  1. Argentina to win just because of Messi factor and not what they have brought to the table so far. Know it that football is a game of fitness and luck and not an individual game. Nigeria will have the easiest game of this tournament against Argentina who will play under a lot of pressure. Football if I recollect is mathematics.

  2. Nigeria will shock the world today by winning Argentina. Nobody will stop or change this prediction it is already settled. 2-1 victory for Nigeria.

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