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BetKing Preview: Argentina v Iceland: Back the Albiceleste to win with a glut of goals

3:30 PM IST 15/06/18
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Jorge Sampaoli’s troops will be hoping to get their quadrennial tournament off to a winning start with goals galore in this encounter

Argentina will be desperate to put behind them the past when they face Iceland at Otkrytiye Arena on Saturday.

La Albiceleste had an underwhelming qualifying campaign, with three managers guiding them to some appalling results, such as losses to Ecuador, Paraguay, and Bolivia and draws on their turf against Venezuela and Peru.

Sampaoli’s men qualified for the global showpiece by a hair’s breadth with a vital victory over Ecuador away from home, with Lionel Messi securing their spot with a hat-trick. Hence, BetKing tips them at (1.37) as clear favourites.

After making it to their first ever intercontinental contest two years ago, Strakarnir Okkar stunned Europe and they got to the quarter-finals, beating England along the line. They continued with that momentum by qualifying for the global tournament for the first time ever. Despite their defence solidity, they’re chalked up at odds of (10.25) as massive underdogs here.

A no winner, no vanquish state at the end of 90 minutes of action is available at a mouth-watering (4.70) with the same betting firm.

Alrgentina's three victories since securing qualification for the mundial have been to nil while their Nordic opponents have lost three of their last four matches.

Thus, Sampaoli's charges can be backed to win to nil here at (1.90).

An outcome that sees three or more goals scored here seems a generous value at odds of (2.03), knowing well that four of Argentina’s previous six duels have produced the same result and all of Heimir Hallgrímsson’s men’s previous six have seen a similar outcome.

Lionel Messi can be backed to find the net anytime here, following his show of adroitness by scoring hat-tricks in two of his last three Argentina appearances. The bookies offer odds of (1.80) for the 30-year-old to strike again.

Going for an Argentine victory with a flurry of goals in this encounter seems more profitable putting into consideration the attacking strengths of the two-time world champions. Hence, BetKing quotes odds of (2.35) for this outcome.

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