An intriguing battle in group D of World Cup 2018 set to entertain football fans as Nigeria and Iceland will be facing up for their second fixtures this Friday.
Losing 2-0 to Croatia on their opening game left plenty disappointment for Super Eagles as they were expecting much better result considering their ambition of repeating their previous World Cup achievement in advancing into the knock out stages.
That first game result makes thing rather complicated for Gernot Rohr’s team, as now they’re under slightly more pressure compared to their opponent since another defeat means Nigeria are out of the competition.
Although getting at least a draw might still give Rohr’s team a chance to quality, it’s certainly better if they can grab all three points, but for that to happen they must make improvements on their game, especially in their attacking department.
Iceland themselves are in a pretty confident mood going into Friday fixture as their 1-1 draw against Argentina gives them that air of beliefs that they can do well in their remaining fixtures, including against Nigeria.
Heimir Hallgrimson’s side are not satisfied on just participating in Russia as they’re gunning for that last 16 appearance.
It won’t be an easy task for Iceland, but with almost everyone fit aside from Johann Gudmundsson, Hallgrimson will be able to put out a strong team against the Super Eagles.
Probable starting line up:
Nigeria: Francis Uzoho(g); Abdullahi Shehu, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Brian Idowu; Wilfred Ndidi, John Obi Mikel, Oghenekaro Etebo; Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi.
Iceland: Hannes Halldorsson(g); Birkir Saevarsson, Kari Arnason, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Hordor Magnusson; Emil Hallfredsson, Aron Gunnarsson; Gylfi Sigurdsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Rurik Gislason; Alfred Finnbogason.