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Nigeria Vs Iceland: World Cup Group D- 2nd Round… Key players, Formation and Predictions…

Nigeria Vs Iceland, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia

The Super Eagles of Nigeria ?? will be taking on  Strákarnir okkar of Iceland ?? in the second round of Group D, in what many predict will be a feisty Nigeria Vs Iceland encounter.

Both teams have no choice but to go on the offensive, inspite of their other two Group D members’ result, if either is to have a realistic chance of progressing past this stage of the competition.

Super Eagles of Nigeria ??

The Super Eagles will have to put the opening game loss of 2-0 to Croatia aside, if they are to hit the heights of what they are capable of. This is not going to be easy however, as they currently sit at bottom place with a 2 goal deficit in Group D.

Based on their last outing against Croatia, which saw chance creation being a significant problem, a change in Mikel Obi’s no. 10 position to a no. 4 alongside Ndidi will be much better and a more creative, mobile and adventurous player such as Alex Iwobi or MoTM Oghenekaro Etebo should take that no 10 spot.

The wings of the attack as well need to be not only effective but efficient as well hence, a combination of Ahmed Musa and Victor Moses should occupy both the wings from the start of the Nigeria Vs Iceland game.

Finally, a mobile, tricky and tall striker will be required to compete against the Icelandic defenders who lacks nothing in aerial combats. Simy Nwankwo will be best suited for the game if The Super Eagles of Nigeria ?? are to avoid the embarrassing stats of previous game.

Key Players:

Ahmed Musa (Leicester City): He’s speed, eye for goal and counter-attack tendencies will be required in a game like this against a team that recorded 9 shots against Argentina, in the first half alone.

Alex Iwobi (Arsenal): One of the most creative players in the Nigeria side, will need to be deployed in the proper position to make this attack tick.

Simy Nwankwo (Crotone): Poacher, agile and good aerially. This attributes will certainly give Nigeria a chance to efficiently convert their chances in the Nigeria Vs Iceland.

Predicted Line-Up:

Expected Formation: 4-2-3-1

Nigeria Vs Iceland, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia
Predicted Lineup For Nigeria

Strákarnir okkar of Iceland ??

Iceland ?? on the other hand will look to avoid defeat at all costs primarily but will keep an eye out for any opportunity to take maximum points out of the game. Iceland drew 1-1 against Argentina and stand level alongside the South Americans.

Being their maiden feature in the FIFA World Cup, expectations aren’t as dire on them when compared to their other group members. Hence, an identical set-up as the one against Argentina ?? in the last game is to be expected, bar Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson injured his calf in the last game and the possibility of a quick return to the side for the Nigeria Vs Iceland encounter is highly unlikely.

Key Players:

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton): He’s going to dictate the play for Strákarnir okkar of Iceland and he’s penchant for putting set-pieces away is going to be vital for the team if they are to beat Nigeria, who seem frail at defending set-pieces but are not shy of tackles, in and around the area.

Alfred Finnbogason (FC Augsburg): Having tasted goal scoring in the competition already, he’s hunger for more will be a huge advantage to his side in the Nigeria Vs Iceland game.

Predicted Line-Up:

Expected Formation: 4-4-1-1

Nigeria Vs Iceland, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia
Predicted Line-Up For Iceland

Match Prediction:

Considering The Strákarnir okkar of Iceland ?? will be more adventurous than the game against Argentina and The Super Eagles of Nigeria ?? will be fighting for maximum points, I suspect a close game of 2-1 win in favor of Nigeria.

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5 thoughts on “Nigeria Vs Iceland: World Cup Group D- 2nd Round… Key players, Formation and Predictions…

  1. I know right? Fingers crossed for tonight though… Formation and personnel is key for victory… Soar Super Eagles… Soar!

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